Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust
The Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust was established in 2003 to promote bicycle riding as an environmentally beneficial means of transport. The Trust helps Bicycle NSW continue its valuable work of getting more people riding bikes through its program of events, advocacy, community building and membership.
- To conserve and protect the natural environment through the promotion of bicycling as an environmentally beneficial means of transport;
- To promote the use of the bicycle as a key element of ecologically sustainable development practices;
- To promote bicycle transport as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air and water quality, reducing non-renewable energy consumption, and improving land use; and
- To promote the use of the bicycle as a healthy, environmentally sustainable means of enhancing accessibility and personal mobility in the community.
You can make a tax deductible donation to the Trust and help Bicycle NSW deliver programs and actions to create a better environment for cycling.
The Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust is managed by a Management Committee.
The current Committee members are:
- Peter Duncan (Chairman)
- Royce Lee
- Jon Leighton
The Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust was established under a Trust Deed which described the purpose of the Trust as well as various rules and definitions. The Management Committee of the Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust are responsible for ensuring that the funds of the Trust are used for the purposes described in the deed of the Trust.
Click here to view the Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust Deed.
Safer Cycling Study
The Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust helped to fund a 3-year study aimed at understanding cycling patterns, hazards and incidents. There are clear personal, social and environmental benefits of cycling, and these benefits increase as more people cycle. However, major barriers to encouraging more people to cycle exist, including the real and perceived injury risks as well as concerns about more cyclists interacting with other road users.
Undertaken between March and November 2011, the Safer Cycling Study recruited over 2000 recreational and commuter cyclists in Sydney to determine the level of adherence by transport cyclists to road rules in traffic situations and their reasons for non-adherence.
The study aimed to:
1. Develop measures of cyclist crash, near miss and injury rates for a broadly representative population of cyclists from metropolitan and regional New South Wales
2. Identify factors that contribute to crash, near miss and injury rates, e.g. human factors and road environment
3. Assess the risks for cyclists associated with cycling on roads, bicycle lanes and cycleways
4. Describe the type, location and frequency of environment hazards identified by cyclists, and assess the feasibility of a website in facilitating reporting and rectification. In meeting these aims, the project will provide vital knowledge to inform policy and planning with respect to transport and health, and inform future health and safety promotional campaigns.
The study found that riding on the footpath and red light infringement were the most commonly reported road rule breaches, which was mostly a result of poor infrastructure design as well as the speed of motorized traffic and the behaviour of other road users. The study concluded that a transport network needs to facilitate cyclists of all capabilities to reach their required destination in a safe and timely manner, and encourage compliance with the road rules.
You can read the report from the Safer Cycling Study here (subscription and payment required).
NSW Coastline Cycleway - Illawarra Audit
The Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust helped to fund the 2010 Illawarra Survey of the NSW Coastline Cycleway conducted by the Illawarra Active Transport Taskforce (IATT) aimed at providing feedback to the NSW Government regarding the Illawarra portion of the cycleway.
The NSW Government aims to build a complete cycle path named the 'NSW Coastline Cycleway' between the borders of Queensland and Victoria. By 2010, around 300km of the 1,400km total length had been built, including sections of off-road shared pedestrian/cycle paths as well as on-road cycle lanes.
In the Illawarra, much of the NSW Coastline Cycle way has been completed, but at the time there were a number of missing links and shortfalls such as inadequate signage, route inconsistencies or hazards. The 2010 Illawarra Survey of the NSW Coastline Cycleway identified improvements in order to attract more people to the route and enable them to follow the path without local knowledge.
The survey was an initiative of the Illawarra Active Transport Taskforce (IATT) who, with the assistance of their affiliated Bicycle User Groups, conducted the survey. The 70km route was divided into six sections and participants rode a section each week from north to south. They observed, identified, and documented detailed opportunities for improvements to each section.
The audit aimed to identify shortcomings in the following areas:
- Route wayfinding and signage
- Shared Use Path markings
- Safety of bicycle crossing points
- Clarity of on-road stencils
- Sight lines
- Path width
You can read the full report, NSW Coastline Cycleway 2010 Illawarra Survey, on Yumpu (free account required).
Helmet Artwork Design Competition
In 2011, the Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust provided funding to help in the delivery of a Helmet Design Competition. This program was delivered to primary schools across NSW with the aim of raising awareness about helmet use.
Students in primary schools across the state were invited to use their creativity to communicate the importance of bicycle rider safety by submitting artwork for a bicycle helmet. School-age children are simultaneously the most enthusiastic bicycle users and the most vulnerable. The Helmet Artwork Design Competition was an interactive competition that informed students about bike safety by engaging them in a series of educational resources and creative applications.
In total, over 10,000 entries were received. The winner was chosen from the field and had their design used on a special limited edition helmet that was sold Australia-wide (pictured). Prizes were also awarded to the winner from each region.
You can read more about the subsequent 2014 Helmet Artwork Design Competition here on the Bicycle NSW website.
The GreenWay submission to Transport for NSW
In 2010, the Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust provided funding for a transport consultant to draft a submission to the NSW Department of Planning regarding the GreenWay shared-use path between Dulwich Hill and Lilyfield (Cooks River to Iron Cove) as part of the proposed Sydney Light Rail Extension.
The GreenWay provides an excellent North-South connection that can be utilized for recreation by people walking and cycling, and provides links to a number of new light rail stops and other public transport facilities. The GreenWay connects the Bay Run and Cooks River Cycleway creating new opportunities for families and people to explore more extensive areas of Sydney and its waterfronts.
Bicycle NSW strongly supported the greenway project which included the construction or upgrade of underpasses and bridges for people to cross the major roads and heavy rail lines. The submission suggested that an additional crossing is needed over Marion Street: an elevated, rail-grade crossing to enable the continuity of travel for people using the GreenWay.
The submission expressed our concerns about the chosen alignment of the GreenWay in not planning for a connection to cycling routes into the Sydney CBD. At the southern end, some consideration needs to be given further to the design and alignment, as well as around the funding mechanisms for the pedestrian and cycling bridge that crosses the Cooks River.
To date, the light rail connection is now open, but the GreenWay project is still deferred.
Click here to read the full submission.
Bicycle NSW Community Engagement and Marketing Officer
The Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust was able to fund a 12-month position within Bicycle NSW for a Community Engagement and Marketing Officer.
Over the 12-month period, Bicycle NSW was able to implement a wide-reaching program to better engage with the broader community and encourage more people to ride a bicycle. During this period Bicycle NSW Membership rates increased as did event participation and overall awareness of the organisation.
NSW Bike Plan Community Consultation Program
The Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust provided funding to perform extensive community consultation across the state for the NSW Bike Plan. With the funding provided by the Environmental Trust, Bicycle NSW staff were able to travel throughout the whole of the state to conduct community consultation work.
The program included:
- State-wide briefing seminars and workshops involving key Ministers and NSW Government personnel responsible for developing the plan.
- Developing relationships with relevant local councils, including them in the planning process through their local community based bicycle user groups (BUG).
- Working with local offices of NSW and other Government agencies (e.g. Health, Education, Roads, Transport, Environment).
Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust Annual Appeal 2017
We would like to acknowledge these generous donors who have contributed $1,000 or more.
Peter Homel & Louise Taggart