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.
The objectives of the Trust are solely for charitable purposes and are as follows:
– 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:
- John Richardson
- John Cooper
- Alan Coutts
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, are the real and perceived injury risks, and concerns about more cyclists interacting with other road users.
The study aims 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.
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).
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 order to provide feedback to the NSW Government regarding the Illawarra portion of the cycleway, the Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust helped fund the 2010 Illawarra Survey of the NSW Coastline Cycleway.
In the Illawarra, much of the NSW Coastline Cycle way is complete, but there are 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 that will attract more people to the NSW Coastline Cycleway and enable them to follow the path without local knowledge. It is the start of an ongoing process of improving cycling and walking facilities with the aim of increasing the use of active transport.
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 70 km 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 improvement for each section.
The audit aimed to identify shortcomings in the following areas:
- Route wayfinding signage.
- Shared Use Path markings.
- Safety of bicycle crossing points.
- Clarity of on-road stencils.
- Sight lines.
- Path width.
2011 Helmet Design Competition
The Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust provided funding to help in the delivery of the Helmet Design Competition. This program was delivered to primary schools across NSW and aimed at raising awareness about helmet use.
Students in primary schools were invited to using bright colours and creative flair to design the artwork for a bicycle helmet. Over 10,000 entries were received across NSW. There were prizes for the winner from each region, and the overall winner had their design used on a limited edition helmet that will be sold Australia wide!
The Greenway Project submission to Transport NSW
The Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust provided funding to employ a transport consultant to write a submission regarding the Greenway shared use path between Dulwich Hill and Lilyfield. The Greenway shared path provides an excellent North-South connection that can be utilised by people walking and cycling, and to reach the new light rail stops and other public transport. The Greenway shared path connects the Bay Run and the 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 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.
Our 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, there’s still a fair bit of investigation to do and identification of funds for the pedestrian-cycling bridge to ford the Cooks River.
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 allow Bicycle NSW to perform extensive community consultation acrross NSW for the NSW Bike Plan. With the funding provided by the Environmental Trust, Bicycle NSW staff were able to travel throughout the whole of NSW 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.
- Working with local offices of NSW and other Government agencies – e.g. Health, Education, Roads, Transport, Environment.