Getting Home From Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl 2018

 

OPTION 1: GETTING HOME BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Transport for NSW have informed us trackwork is affecting train services between Cronulla, Waterfall and Central on event day. Rail replacement buses will be running between these stations to help you get home after the ride. Visit transportnsw.info

Bikes are not usually permitted on-board bus services however an exception will be made for event participants and their bikes to be taken on-board designated buses running from Cronulla to Central via Wolli Creek.

 

The buses will be on standby at Cronulla Station from 9am to 4pm and will run as required to stations along affected trackwork routes:

o   T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line - between Waterfall, Cronulla & Central

o   South Coast Line - between Dapto & Central, and between Port Kembla & Wollongong

 

Bus stop at Cronulla Station will be clearly labelled, as will the buses themselves. The coaches will have A3 signs to say “Gear Up Girl To Wolli Creek” and “Gear Up Girl To Wollongong.”

 

Transport for NSW Staff will be on site from 8am to 4pm to assist with the bussing operations. Bubble wrap sheeting will also be made available by Transport for NSW to protect the bicycles while in transit.

 

OPTION 2: GETTING HOME BY CAR

Parking is limited and we recommend you leave the car at home. However we have options for you below

A) Kiss and Drop 

This year we have introduced a designated Pick up Zone at Don Lucas Reserve. See map below.

B)  If you do plan to drive and leave the car at the finish, parking is limited. You may leave your your car at the finish site (Don Lucas Reserve, Cronulla) and there is on street parking on Mitchell Road and Murdock Street , Cronulla. Please see map below for more information. 

OPTION 3: RIDE 20KM BACK TO WOLLI CREEK

Our awesome ambassadors and  Bicycle NSW Ride Leaders will be taking led rides back to Wolli Creek Station. If you feel your legs have got another 20km in them, jump back in the saddle and ride with them. They will be riding at a slow and leisurely pace. The led rides will leave from near the designated pick up area (car park) at the following times:

  • 10:00 AM
  • 10:45 AM
  • 12:15 PM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM

Trains will be running from Wolli Creek. You and your bike can travel for free on the train network. For your safety you will need to be a Bicycle NSW Member so you will be covered by global insurance. Read all the details here

Please see the map below for where you will be meeting. 

OPTION 4: GETTING HOME BY BICYCLE

If you still have the energy to ride home, we advise that you choose a route that avoids riding against the other 1,500 riders still in the Gear Up Girl event. Please also make sure to remove your rider number before leaving the finish site in Cronulla. To find a safe route home check out the mapping resources provide by Transport for NSW at rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/ bicycles/cyclewayfinder

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is there trackwork on Sunday March 11th affecting Cronulla Station?

Yes. Transport for NSW have informed us trackwork is affecting train services between Cronulla, Waterfall and Central on event day. Rail replacement buses will be running between these stations to help you get home after the ride.

What arrangements are being made?

Transport for NSW will be providing low floor buses to run as rail replacement services exclusively for Gear Up Girl participants. The buses will run from 9am to 3pm. And these services will run on demand as Gear Up Girl participants arrive at Cronulla station. You can take your bikes on these buses.

Where will the buses stop?

Buses will starting leaving from Cronulla Station and the end of each ride and run to Central via Wolli Creek on a required basis.

From Wolli Creek you can then change for another train service to continue your journey home.

Will my journey on the buses be free?

Yes. Trains and the special rail replacement buses will be free for all Gear Up Girl participants. You will need to have your rider number displayed on your bike.

Will the trackwork affect my journey to the start site in the morning?

  • 20km Participants – The nearest station to your start site Cahill Park is Wolli Creek. Trains will be running from Central to Wolli Creek. If you are coming from the south on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line, you will need to find alternative transport to the start site.  Travel will be free for all Gear Up Girl participants. You will be required to show drivers your rider number or confirmation of registration email.
  • 40, 60 and 80km Participants – The nearest station to your start site is Concord West. Trains will be running to the normal Sunday timetable for this station. If you are coming from the south on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line, you will need to find alternative transport to the start site. Trains will be running from Wolli Creek and we advise catching a connecting train to  Concord West. Travel will be free for all Gear Up Girl participants. You will be required to show drivers your rider number or confirmation of registration email.

Will trains be running directly from Central to Sydney Olympic Park station?

No. They will run on a normal Sunday service. This means if you want to disembark at Sydney Olympic Park station you need to take a service to Lidcombe and change trains to get on the Sydney Olympic Park shuttle service.

The closest train station to the start site in Bicentennial Park is Concord West. Our volunteers will be at the train stations to assist riders to the start sites.

What arrangements are being made to assist riders?

Volunteers will be located at rail stations to assist riders to the start site from both Wolli Creek, Concord West and Sydney Olympic Park stations. Look for the Train Station Departure point at the finish site and our volunteer staff will co-ordinate groups to get to the station together. We will also have volunteer staff and dedicated Transport for NSW staff at Cronulla Station to help Gear Up Girl participants to board the rail replacement buses.

Why is there trackwork on the day of a large event?

There are instances when work on the rail network must be carried out and unfortunately is unavoidable. Transport for NSW have provided additional services to exclusively cater to Gear Up Girl participants. 

Bicycle NSW will ensure their volunteers and staff are thoroughly briefed and will be on hand to help all riders.

How do I find out more information?

If you need to get more information about train services, please contact Transport for NSW. Their helpline number is 131 500. You can also log on to their website to get updates on all planned trackwork on their network. The website is https://transportnsw.info/#/

I am not happy with this. Who can I speak to?

If you would like to provide feedback about the service on the rail replacement buses or any other part of the Sydney train network, please direct your query to Transport for NSW. If your query is regarding the scheduling of trackwork for the event day, please direct your concerns to Transport for NSW. If you concern relates to the way a volunteer or Bicycle NSW staff has handled this matter on the day of the event, please email your concern to info@bicyclensw.org.au

I am going to have someone come and meet me at the finish. Where can they park?

There are parking bays along Mitchell Road and Prince Street as well as on street parking in the areas surrounding Don Lucas Reserve. Your family can park and walk into the finish site and when it is time to go, they can bring the car to our designated pick up area right at Don Lucas reserve to collect your bike and belongings. Our volunteers will be at the designated pick up area to help direct traffic and assist you.

For further information about parking in the Sutherland Shire, please refer to the council website.

How do I register for an ofo bike?

If you would like to ride with our bike share partner, ofo, please email us at info@bicyclensw.org.au.

The ofo team will have a bike waiting for you at the start site. If you want to wear your own helmet, please bring it with you. Otherwise, ofo helmets will be available. Please note: The ofo bikes are only available for 20km riders and you MUST be 18 years or older to ride an ofo bike. Please see their website for Terms and Conditions.