Bike boom rolls on

New independent counts show an 89 per cent increase in the overall number of people riding bikes over the past two-and-a-half years.

The bi-annual count shows that on an average weekday, as many as 2,000 people are choosing to ride into the CBD along just one route. There's been a 93 per cent increase in the morning peak (6am-9am) and an 85 per cent jump in the afternoon (4pm-7pm) since 2010.

To keep this growing, we need to work with the NSW Government and Transport for NSW to connect and expand our network of safe, separated cycleways.

Through the new Central Sydney Traffic and Transport Committee, we will work together to finish the design of central Sydney's separated cycleway network by May.

The NSW Government has set an ambitious target of doubling local and district trips by bike by 2016, and our work will be an essential contributor to meeting that target.

The City is ready to invest in this important infrastructure because we know from experience that people are choosing bike riding as a valid transport option and if they have safe, attractive infrastructure they will use it.

The City of Sydney's bike network helps reduce road congestion, while also improving streets with wider footpaths, better lighting, smoother pavements and healthy new trees for neighbours and pedestrians.

The independent bike counts found the top-5 peak-period intersections over the past six months were:

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway near Upper Fort Street (2,064 bike trips, up from 1,730 in March);
  • King Street and Kent Street intersection (1,928 trips up from 1,323 in March);
  • Oxford Street, Moore Park Road, Queens Road and Lang Road (1,396 trips up from 932 in March);
  • Taylor Square, Oxford Street and Bourke Street intersection (1,923 trips up from 1,728 in March);
  • and Liverpool Street, College Street and Oxford Street (1,876 trips up from 1,795 in March).

Our bike network will be made up of different types of bike paths, including 55 kilometres of separated cycleway. So far 10 kilometres of separated cycleways (including three kilometres in the city centre) have been built with a further 3.8 kilometres in design or consultation phases.

The Bourke Street cycleway recently won the 2012 Sydney Design Award for Landscape Architecture and the 2011 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Award for Excellence

Further information, visit: Sydney Cycleways http://sydneycycleways.net/

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