Cycle tips: Negotiating your UNSW commute during Light Rail construction

Posted 18 October 2016

While there may be some inconvenience to bicycle riders during the construction of the CBD South East Light Rail project, Transport for NSW and ALTRAC Light Rail are taking a number of steps to ensure the safety of cyclists. 

Riding over tracks

Cyclists travelling through the intersection of Anzac Parade and Doncaster Avenue may notice around 40m of light rail track that has recently been completed in the southbound lane.

If cyclists wish to ride along Anzac Parade, TfNSW recommends riding alongside the tracks in the kerbside lane. To ride safely over tracks, approach them at a right angle to reduce the risk of bike wheels getting trapped. If a crossing is too difficult to ride over, remember to dismount and walk your bicycle.

Intersection Works

Work at major intersections is scheduled for nights and weekends to minimise impacts on the daily commute to and from UNSW. During intersection works, temporary bicycle detours may be implemented. Bicycle riders are encouraged to follow sign-posted detour routes and dismount if requested, for your own safety.

Construction on Anzac Parade

Cyclists should try to use alternative routes away from Anzac Parade, especially as construction zones move closer to the University Mall entrance to the Kensington campus.

There are existing dedicated cycles lane on Houston Road for north/south travel. Cycle detour signs have been placed southbound at Barker Street and northbound at Borrodale Road directing cyclists to Houston Road. Check the TfNSW detour map for more details.

Cycling along Alison and Wansey roads

Cyclists are recommended to use detours away from Alison Road, especially in the areas where construction is under way.

The footpath on the southern side of Alison Road (adjacent to Randwick Racecourse) remains closed between Darley Road and Wansey Road. Cyclists are encouraged to use a detour around Alison Road via King Street, Church Street and Botany Street.

ALTRAC has upgraded the traffic signals to provide a signalised pedestrian crossing across the eastern leg of the Alison Road/Botany Rd intersection. This allows the southbound diversion route to go along Church Street/Botany Street, mirroring the northbound diversion.

More information

For the latest cycle detour maps, visit or email