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 www.dpie.nsw.gov.au⁄streets for more