Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here. Getting around on foot or by bike has been part of life for as long as any of us can remember. That’s because walking and cycling offer opportunities for people to: be healthier and happier more connected with their surroundings and each other, and get from A to B in an enjoyable and cost effective way.
Walking and cycling are also vitally important elements of our transport system. Almost all public transport journeys include a walk, often as a way of accessing train, bus, ferry or light rail services, and most car trips begin and end with a walk. Each year in Greater Sydney, our customers take more than 2.3 billion walking trips. We want to make our neighbourhoods and suburbs pedestrian friendly places and to get more people walking, especially for short trips. More than two million of the car trips we make every weekday are less than two kilometres. Our aim is to convert a portion of these trips from car to foot with programs to get people walking more and better connecting local walking routes with improved street crossings and other walking infrastructure – particularly in our most congested areas. Across the State an estimated 2.7 million people ride a bike at least once a year – that’s more than the population of Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide. About 70 per cent of our customers have told us they would like to walk or cycle more for transport and would do so for short trips if we make it safer and easier for them to do so.
Promotion of the health and social benefits is one of the most important reasons that people would choose to walk Our customers also value: more direct routes to destinations, including well connected footpaths to public transport safety and personal security measures, including enforcement of road rules, lower speed limits in busy areas and pedestrian friendly, safe infrastructure. better supporting facilities including shade or rain coverage at interchanges and better signage
Similar to pedestrians, bicycle riders respond to promotion and encouragement of the health and physical benefits cycling provides. Our cycling customers also value: having high quality, direct cycling routes that are separated from other road users. more responsible sharing of paths, increased driver awareness of bicycle road rules and safety, together with reduced speed limits in busy areas. supporting facilities are a key factor, with street lighting, and improved bicycle parking facilities at transport interchanges some of the key issues.
We shape our walking and cycling initiatives around what our walking and cycling customers value. We focus our investment where it is likely to have the greatest impact, by better connecting busy centres and interchanges through walking and cycling infrastructure and programs. especially for short trips with initiatives such as trip planning, wayfinding and travel behaviour change programs. We are promoting the use of existing infrastructure, We are working collaboratively with partners, particularly local councils who we support to integrate walking and cycling into Community Strategic Plans and their vision for the future. We are implementing the Pedestrian Safety and Cycling Safety Action Plans, with focus on safer roads and speeds, safer vehicles and safer people. We’ve kicked off a major program to increase pedestrian protection at traffic lights. Lower speed limits continue to be rolled out, with many more 40km/h speed limit areas, including most of Sydney CBD by April 2016.
Right now in NSW, there is about 3,670 kilometres of ‘off-road’ cycling paths and 4,920 kilometres of ‘on-road’ bicycle lanes, road shoulders and designated local bicycle routes managed by councils across the State. The 2015-16 walking and cycling programs are currently assisting in the design and delivery of more than 130 pedestrian crossings, about 34 kilometres of ‘on-road’ cycleway and 74 kilometres of ‘off-road’ path right across NSW. There are 377 projects underway across 83 local government areas, including: 158 walking projects of which 52 are within metropolitan Sydney. 219 cycling projects of which 69 are within metropolitan Sydney. The Walking Communities Program delivers regional and metropolitan walking projects to better connect walking infrastructure and programs to encourage walking. There is a mix of 50-50 partnership funding with local Councils, and 100% funding for NSW priority projects. The Connecting Centres cycling program provides 50-50 partnership funding to local Councils to connect and develop new local cycling infrastructure and programs to encourage cycling. This is complemented by the Government’s commitment to fully fund the delivery of strategic cycleways in the metropolitan area and cycleways on state owned assets in regional NSW through our Priority Cycleways Program. The NSW Government will continue to deliver a record number of new cycleways and walking upgrades year on year. Between 2010-11 and 2014-15 the Walking and Cycling Programs delivered more than $180 million worth of new cycleways and walking upgrades. That is $72 million more than the previous five years between 2005-06 and 2009-10.
We are ensuring that walking and cycling needs are considered in the development of all new Transport funded and sponsored infrastructure projects in NSW. This includes significant provision for walking and cycling as part of the B-Line Northern Beaches, Westconnex and Sydney Metro projects.
Sydney growing by 1.6 million over next 15 years.
The Priority Precinct program and the Urban Transformation program aim to provide more home closer to jobs create walkable and cyclable neighbourhoods provide improved access to public transport
Helping to fund walking and cycling infrastructure through development contributions and coordinated whole-of-government planning processes
Health is a key message in communications around walking and cycling for transport. We are committed to promoting walking and cycling as viable transport choices. In 2015, we introduced the Good Move walking and cycling promotional campaign. The campaign encourages our customers to consider walking or cycling part of their overall transport journey. Posters were placed in high density commuter areas across our transport networks, giving the campaign maximum exposure. We are working towards building on existing bicycle parking provided at stations in Western Sydney to encourage our customers to ride to the station as part of their everyday journey . Right now, for example, we have bicycle lockers and bicycle racks at Parramatta (22 & 26), Liverpool (10 & 14), Blacktown (22 & 27) and Penrith (40 &49) stations. In early December, we also announced contracts to provide more secure bicycle parking at Liverpool, Campbelltown, Gosford and Woy Woy train stations. The first Bike Sheds will be rolled out this year.
We support walking and cycling events including: NSW Bike Week NSW Bike Week happens in spring each year across the state. It promotes cycling as a fun, low cost, environmentally friendly form of transport and encourages beginners, experienced and lapsed riders of all ages to come together and celebrate cycling. In 2015 there were more than 60 Bike Week events across NSW. The event involved Transport Cluster agencies, local government and community groups pulling together to promote cycling state-wide. Spring Cycle The NSW Government continues to support Spring Cycle, the largest recreational bicycle event in NSW. We provide free public transport to participants and event volunteers, traffic management expertise as well as financial assistance to Bicycle NSW to promote and deliver the event. In 2015 over 9000 riders took part, all enjoying the once in a lifetime experience of riding across the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walking events We support a range of walking events including the Seven Bridges Walk by providing traffic management expertise and on the ground traffic arrangements. Employees across Transport are also made aware of other major walking events including the National Walk to Work Day and are encouraged to participate in these walking events.
Engaging with partners, stakeholders and other government agencies is vital as we endeavour to promote active and integrated transport. Substantial steps have been taken to ensure walking and cycling are considered in development applications of State Significance referred to us by the Department of Planning and Environment. We continue to work with Health NSW to implement the active transport aspects associated with the Healthy Eating and Action Living and the NSW Active Travel Charter for Children programs. Recently, we discussed ways in which both Health and Transport could share research data to better understand customer satisfaction and behaviour. Our focus is on reducing obesity through active living programs and actions which delivers on aspects related to the Premiers Priorities to fight diabetes. We work with interstate Governments to deliver the National Cycling Strategy through the Australian Bicycle Council. We count ourselves among a number of government and non-government agencies supporting this initiative.
Supporting customers to walk or cycle for Transport
Supporting customers to walk and cycle for transport
6 April 2016Ben Cebuliak, Active Transport Planning- Freight, Strategy and Planning
What our walking customers tell us they want
Connectivity and flow
and personal security
Health and well
• Direct routes
• Access to public
• Pleasant environment
• Enforce road rules
• Safety infrastructure
• Lower vehicle speeds
• More priority at
• Safety programs
• Promote the health
and social benefits
• School programs
• More priority at
• Weather protection
• More facilities
during trips and at
What our cycling customers tell us
Connectivity and separation Safe behaviour
• Separated street space
• More direct routes
• Programs to improve quality of
roads for bicycle riders
• More responsible sharing of
• Increase driver
awareness of road rules
• Higher priority for
bicycles at road
enforcement of road
• Reduce speed limits in
• Better street
• More facilities
bicycle routes to
• More facilities
at stations and
• Promotion of health
• Encourage social
• Increase knowledge
• More confidence
Connecting the walking and cycling networks
Engaging with our partners
Promoting walking and cycling
Delivering for walking and cycling – three pillars
Walking and Cycling Investment
Metro and Regional
Connectingthewalking&cyclingnetworks Walking and Cycling: part of our Major Projects
Integrated land use and transport planningConnectingthewalking&cyclingnetworks
Communicating the benefits
Bike sheds in Western Sydney stations
Supporting active transport events
2015 Bike Week event in
Walking and Cycling