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Greenwich, Alex to the Minister for Transport and Roads
  1. Considering reduced traffic during COVID-19 restrictions and the need for economic stimulus through infrastructure projects, what action is the Government taking to speed up approvals for inner city cycleways?
  2. What interim or temporary cycleways can be provided given the competition for shared space with pedestrians and reduced road traffic?
  3. What additional funding will be provided to support councils to implement cycleways?
  4. What cycleways in the Principle Bicycle Network can be brought forward for approval and construction?
  5. What changes can be made to fast-track completion of the Castlereagh Street cycleway and the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway, in particularly the southern leg?
  6. What changes are being made to speed up cycleway approvals and which routes have been fast-tracked?
Answer -

I am advised:

More people than ever are walking or cycling to work or for leisure and fitness. The Government continues to encourage people to walk and cycle as part of their everyday commute. We recognise that not only does it help relieve pressure on our roads and public transport system, but walking and cycling are healthy, active ways of travelling. By continuing to invest in the construction of new separated paths and infrastructure, we help keep people safe while encouraging more individuals to take up these modes of travel.

Thanks to the Government's strong economic management, approximately $600 million will be invested into walking and cycling infrastructure over the next four years. This will bring the Government's total investment to around $1 billion - the largest commitment in the State's history.

The Government is focused on cycling projects in line with the Future Transport 2056 strategy. This strategy identifies the Government's 40-year vision for transport planning to meet the demands of the predicted population growth in New South Wales. It prioritises the delivery of connected cycling networks within 10 kilometres of metropolitan city centres by 2026, and within five kilometres of strategic centres by 2036.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Government is working with councils to establish temporary initiatives throughout Greater Sydney to give the community more options to safely walk, cycle and commute to work. In May 2020 the Government announced an initial series of new pop-up cycleways in key commuter areas and temporary 40 kilometres per hour speed zones in the City of Sydney Local Government Area to improve safety and reduce crowding on public transport. The Government will monitor these pop-up solutions and work with other councils across Sydney to identify hot spots where we can place temporary measures to ensure customers can safely distance themselves. You may be assured that there are a number of other pop-up cycleways in development. The Government will update the community on these initiatives in due course.

As part of the Government's new $15 million Streets as Shared Spaces program, councils will be able to apply for grants of up to $100,000 for immediate temporary projects, such as widening footpaths and cycle links. Grants of up to $1 million for medium-term pilot projects, such as extra crossing points, wider kerbs and trialling lower speed limits, will also be available. Please visit⁄streets for more information.

Question asked on 12 May 2020 (session 57-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 56
Answer received on 16 June 2020 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 66