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Walking and cycling networks

Developing walking and cycling networks and programs

Walking and cycling have significant benefits for customers and the wider city. As well as supporting active and healthy lifestyles that prevent chronic illnesses, walking and cycling are efficient and community-centred ways to travel that can extend public transport catchments, reduce congestion, and lower carbon emissions and air pollutants, while being affordable and accessible.

Principal Bicycle Network

Transport for NSW are working with local governments and other stakeholders to develop a Principal Bicycle Network, which will provide a safe, connected cycling network and grow the bike-riding mode share in the Greater Sydney area.

The Principal Bicycle Network, which won the award for Great Sustainability Initiative at the 2020 Greater Sydney Planning Awards, is a step towards creating around 6,000 kilometres of bike-riding routes across Greater Sydney, Newcastle, Gosford and Wollongong. These are a mix of cycleway types appropriate to the location, including protected cycleways, shared paths, and bicycle boulevards (low-speed, local-traffic only local streets that prioritise bicycle access). 

A safe, connected Principal Bicycle Network could also act as a broader ‘micromobility lane’ to enable and support emerging and future forms of micromobility.

For regional areas, the development of infrastructure for cycling tourism, such as safe networks in regional towns, rail trails and coastal routes, will present ‘transport as tourism’ opportunities that attract visitors to towns and villages, bringing job opportunities and economic benefits.


Walking and cycling program

Transport for NSW has reshaped its Walking and Cycling Program towards the delivery of walking and cycling outcomes across the whole State. The key objectives of the 2020-21 Walking and Cycling Program are to: 

  • Ensure walking and cycling are the most convenient option for short trips to key destinations and within centres.
  • Reduce congestion on our roads and public transport networks by delivering projects that encourage a shift to walking and cycling.
  • Enable efficient, safe and reliable journey times by prioritising infrastructure that supports pedestrian or cycling movement on certain corridors, consistent with the Movement and Place Framework.
  • Deliver projects that make walking and cycling safe, comfortable and convenient transport modes that are accessible to a wide range of users.
  • Enable positive health, wellbeing, social and environmental outcomes.

Find out more about the Walking and Cycling Program

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