Facts support Sydney's bike network

The Lord Mayor today called on the State Government to implement an integrated transport network for Sydney based on facts not politics.

"The City has always worked hard to identify and plan the best possible bike paths for Sydney. Before any work on the bike network started, we undertook years of research, planning and consultation," the Lord Mayor said.

"We have worked closely with RMS on all of our routes and design and made sure they fit with existing roads and transport plans. All bike paths have received RMS sign-off, without which the City could not proceed.

"And they're working - independent counts show an 82% increase in riding in Sydney over the past two years, it's growing at a faster rate than any other comparable city worldwide. Lots of Sydneysiders want to ride, all we are trying to do is make it easier and safer for them."

Sydney's bike network is complementary to the State Government's NSW Bike Plan (2010), which commits to "working with local councils to accelerate construction of an inner Sydney strategic cycle network to help relieve congested inner area public transport services."

"I call on the Government to stick to the facts so the rest of the network can be completed otherwise congestion will soon choke our city," the Lord Mayor said.

"Residents, workers and visitors are already making over a million trips to, from and within the city every day and Sydney's overall population is set to increase by over one-third by 2036. The City is one of the fastest growing areas with 60 per cent more residents and 31 per cent more jobs expected before 2036.

"If bold approaches are not taken, the City will be close to standstill in 20 years with an extra 300,000 more people per day, another 1800 buses per day and the space between buildings not changing.

"Changes to transport take many years to implement as we have seen with the North West and South West heavy rail lines. We need to act now.

"We have learnt from other cities worldwide that the only effective way to deal with congestion is to give people choices. To make it safe, affordable and practical for them to choose different transport options."

CONTACT: Shehana Teixeira 0418 238 373