Sydney’s population is increasing dramatically and our transport systems are not coping. Traffic congestion already costs our economy more than $5 billion a year and it’s rising fast. Simply building more roads — as proposed with the massively expensive WestConnex — will make our city grind to a halt.
We have invested heavily in walking, cycling and car share to provide more transport options. More walking and cycling means more room for everyone using buses or trains, and more space on our roads for business delivery drivers, couriers and taxis.
Transport projects create the opportunity to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, beautify our streets, and create more active, healthy and connected communities.
Construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail project is the result of our research and advocacy. We are contributing $220 million to the project to ensure that it achieves design excellence and working to hold the State Government to its commitments on what can be a transformative project to revitalise our city.
Ride, walk and carshare
We have completed 110 km of our planned 200 km cycling network, including separated cycleways, shared paths and changes to smaller streets. We’ve made access to a car—without owning a car—easy through car share. There are over 30,000 car share members in the City of Sydney, including 6700 business members.
Our Liveable Green Network plan connects useful destinations with green and inviting walking and cycling routes, with the attractive Bourke Street a model to encourage active transport options that promotes people’s health and supports local businesses.
Parking demand far exceeds available kerbspace so increasing transport choices is essential to reduce demand for parking spaces. Our Neighbourhood Parking Policy introduced 15-minute parking on high streets to help local businesses and new visitor and business permits.
The City is progressively installing new pedestrian signage to make it easier to get around and we’ve upgraded footpaths, added pram and wheelchair ramps and improved access to bus stops.