The Europeans have known it for years – cycling is an efficient, cost effective, fun and healthy way to travel in major cities. More recently, local governments in London and New York have started thinking the same.
New York City is at the forefront of a national US trend towards cycling and has vowed to make bike riding safe and viable, even in its busiest and most densely populated areas. Cycling is so popular, the New York Times launched a regular column and blog devoted to it called Spokes.
By 2026, the Mayor of London plans to increase cycling by 400% (on 2001 levels). The report Cycling Revolution London sets out how the city can reach its target.
The plan for Sydney 2030 is to make Sydney a cycling city – and we’re almost there already. We love cycling and plenty of our residents and people who commute to work do too.
Independent counts show cycling trips have more than doubled in the City of Sydney in the past three years. Since counting began in March 2010, there’s been a 113 per cent jump in bike trips. Around 2,000 bikes are passing through the top peak-hour intersections on an average weekday.
This solid growth shows the ongoing need to continue building connections and provide a safe network of bike lanes across the city.
Sydney’s 200-kilometre bike network will be made up of different types of bike paths, including 55 kilometres of separated cycleways and we’ve begun building a new separated cycleway in George Street, Redfern, to connect Prince Alfred Park and Central with Green Square.
So far 10 kilometres of separated cycleways have been built, including three kilometres in the city centre.
There are also some 50 kilometres of existing and new shared paths, to help less confident cyclists ride safely alongside busy roads. And we’re working in partnership with the NSW Government to deliver the next round of network connections in central Sydney.
For more details, visit sydneycycleways.net
Since we started building more bike paths, we’ve received loads of wonderful feedback from a wide array of bike riders; literally, people from all walks of life.
Towards 2030 we are making Sydney a cycling city to:
- promote active transport
- reduce traffic congestion and pressure on public transport
- cut emissions
- act on climate change
- create a sustainable Sydney.
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