Bicycle NSW and councils worked hard to map a network of connected bike infrastructure for Transport for NSW to deliver in Sydney, and it’s time you saw them.
Whilst draft plans were completed by November 2019, they had been kept secret. We were concerned they would end up gathering dust like the 2013 Sydney’s Cycling Future: Cycling for everyday transport plan.
Delivering Bike Infrastructure
With the pressing need for COVID-safe travel, Bicycle NSW wanted to ensure any expenditure of taxpayer funds was not wasted on delivering pop-up bike infrastructure in the wrong place. The Hon Cate Faehrmann MP, the Greens member of the Legislative Council and Active Transport portfolio holder shared our concerns.
A consistent supporter in parliament of our efforts, and of increasing state funding for bike infrastructure, Cate called on the government to release the principal bike network on World Bicycle Day. A high level map was provided on the day.
However as Cate pointed out this did not show road names. It also does not show the level of detail that would ensure our calls for pop-up routes, or infrastructure change, best meet the needs of riders.
Fortunately, when MP’s ask questions in Parliament, answers must be provided within 21 days. Bicycle NSW is looking forward to 24 June, and we hope that greater transparency about plans will ensure a better outcome for riders in Sydney.
We’re also aware of the pressing need for improved bike infrastructure across NSW, and we have shared many suggestions for pop-up infrastructure to make transport COVID-safe from across the state. A 2019 Transport for NSW community consultation in Bulli and Thirroul raised 450 issues for pedestrians and cyclists.
“Across NSW more than ever people want safe places to ride bikes, and Members are sharing their suggestions and letters to local MP’s calling for change,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“We look forward to seeing more detailed plans for Sydney and more infrastructure for all riders across NSW,” said Bastien.
Bicycle NSW encourages members to continue sharing what you need most, with your MP and Council, and we love reading your letters.