The City of Sydney welcomed the release of the NSW Government’s cycling strategy, Sydney’s Cycling Future, which prioritises the building of better-connected cycling infrastructure.
The priority projects will connect networks within five kilometres of major centres and public transport interchanges while complementing the City of Sydney’s efforts to build a safe and connected bicycle network.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore welcomed the commitment to invest in safe cycling infrastructure across Sydney.
“Our latest independent counts show the number of people riding in Sydney continues to grow. But eighty-five per cent of people tell us they’d be more likely to ride a bike if a network of safe and efficient cycleways was provided,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The NSW Government’s strategy endorses everything the City is committed to delivering as part of its Cycle Strategy and Action Plan 2007 – 2017, and the investment will be warmly welcomed by many bike riders.
“The City looks forward to working in close partnership with the NSW Government on sustainable and public transport options.”
The strategy confirms that:
- A $33-million investment in cycling over 2013-14 will fix missing links in the network and better integrate cycling with other transport modes;
- Kent Street cycleway moves more people during the morning peak hour than cars in the adjacent lanes.
- Riding a bike can be quicker than a car for trips up to 5kms and faster than public transport for trips up to 8kms;
- Inner Sydney has the highest number of people who commute to work by bicycle in NSW;
- The NSW Government will partner with councils to offer regular bicycle courses to build people’s confidence and reinforce compliance with road rules; and
- Secure bicycle facilities will be installed at transport interchanges, including Redfern station, to make it easier to access public transport on a bike.
The City of Sydney’s latest independent bike counts show a 13 per cent increase in the number of bike trips in the past 12 months. Since counting began in March 2010, the overall growth has been 113 per cent.
Sydney is already out-pedalling riders in London, where it took 10 years to achieve these sorts of results, and Melbourne, where it took six years for bike trips to increase by 97 per cent.
The City of Sydney has already built 10 kilometres of separated cycleways, including three kilometres in the city centre, with more than five kilometres now in the design and consultation phase.
The Lord Mayor said the City’s work on encouraging courteous and safe behaviour on the road supported the NSW Government’s planned campaign to increase road user awareness of road rules and safety.
“In the last 18 months we have been conducting on-site education four times a week and have attached 3,500 new bells to bikes,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We will continue offering free cycling confidence courses, school cycling courses and parent/child learning-to-ride clinics. More than 500 people are taking part in these courses each year to learn safe, responsible and gracious cycling.”
Sydney’s Cycling Future was released by the NSW Goverment on 19 December 2013.