There are black spots in the infrastructure here which can easily, and relatively cheaply, be altered to provide a much better cycling transport system. The above photo shows the stairs which connect the upper and lower levels of Carrington Parade in New Lambton Heights. The addition of a gutter to more easily roll bikes up, or down, the stairway would much improve access to the John Hunter Hospital and to suburbs beyond, which can only be reached via a lengthy detour to remain on flat ground, or by riding or walking up a fairly major hill. Hauling my bike up these stairs is a major trauma, no wonder that all the bikes I see up at the Hospital are mountain bikes or hybrids! (With the exception of mine …)
This image of Parkway Avenue near Bar Beach shows the two sides of the street with the long park in the middle. Bike paths could easily be installed either side of the row of trees, providing a safe place for cyclists, especially on the section from Darby Street to the beach which has a slight gradient, slowing cyclists down on a fairly narrow street which often has cars parked along it.
Hunter Street is earmarked for a revamp to enhance cycling in the inner city, but this revamp, estimated to cost around half a million dollars, keeps getting postponed. Making this street bike friendly would greatly enhance cycling safety along the main street of the town, as it is currently terribly dangerous to ride along, yet it is at the nexus of so many cycling paths that to create a safe cycling area here could revolutionize the use of bikes in an area where traffic congestion and parking are causing major headaches for everyone using the street.
These are just a few of the glitches in the infrastructure here which I often encounter. If you know of others, whether here or in your own town, please comment about them. I find that I learn from visiting other places and seeing how things are done there. Seeing Melbourne last year gave me some of these ideas.