NSW Government says ‘On Your Bike’!

Cyclists and Look both ways intersection image by DSA ImagesToday we are able to deliver our members and friends news from the NSW State Government’s recent budget announcement.

Following our advocacy work and relationship we have built liaising both directly with the NSW State Government and with its agencies Transport for NSW and RMS on a number of key projects and developments, Minister Constance has announced the 2017/18 NSW Budget includes $62 million in funds this year to deliver 150 projects for walking and cycling across both urban and regional NSW. This in an increase on last year’s budget of $58m for 300 projects, and is in addition to the already announced $80 million Cycling Infrastructure Fund for key projects funded over 4 years. Read the press release: Andrew Constance med rel – On your bike 150 local projects funded.

We are happy to see the continued focus on cycling and Active Transport infrastructure, we support the commitment to these projects and we look forward to working with the NSW Government, its agencies and Local Councils to ensure smooth delivery of these quality infrastructure developments.

We have reviewed the list of projects and are excited to see a spread of works across the state.

South Coast region projects include: the Otford Tunnel No.6 cycleway, shared paths and dedicated cycleway in the Minnanmurra and Jamberoo, cycle paths in Vincentia and Ulladulla, cycling network in Bega, shared path in Merimbula, shared paths in Narooma and Moruya, shared path in Shellharbour

Riverina region projects include: separated cycle paths in Albury and Kinross, shared path in Lavington, cycle bridge in Deniliquin, shared path in Griffith, bicycle parking facilities in Hay, bike path in Lockhart, shared path in Wagga Wagga

Northern Rivers region projects include: cycleway in Broadwater, shared path and cycle path in Hungry Head, boarwalks in Tweed Heads and Kingscliff

New England region projects include: shared path in Guyra, cycle path in Inverell, bike path in Boggabilla, cycleway in Tamworth, bike lane in Tenterfield

Mid North Coast region projects include: shared paths in Grafton, shared paths in Tuncurry and Griffith, cycle paths in Old Bar and Forster, cycleway in Macksville

Central Coast and Hunter region projects include: Coastline cycleway links in Green Point, shared path in East Gosford, pedestrian and cycling facilities in Terrigal, shred path in Musswelbrook, shared path in Singleton

Western NSW region projects include: cycleway in Gilgandra, cycleway in Narrandera, shared path in Temora, shared path in Bathurst, cycleway in Blayney

Central and Eastern Sydney region projects include: southern approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway connection, separated cycleways development in Redfern and Moore Park, cycleway in Coogee

Western Sydney region projects include: shared bath in Rooty Hill, shared path in South Windsor, shared path in Kellyville, shared path in Parramatta, shared path in Trench Reserve, cycleways in Penrith

Inner West Sydney region projects include: shared paths in Concord West and Exile Bay, the Greenway between Dulwich Hill and Haberfield, separated cycleway in Balmain

Northern Suburbs of Sydney projects include: shared paths in Macquarie Park, shared path in Beecroft, cycleways in North Sydney and Neutral Bay, shared path in Frenchs Forest, shared path in Willoughby, shared path in Chatswood

South-West Sydney region projects include: bike plan implementation in Camden, shared path bridge in Hurlstone Park, shared paths in Chipping Norton, Liverpool and Prestons, cycleway and shared path in Sutherland

The Press Release from Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, The Hon. Andrew Constance MP, states:

ON YOUR BIKE: 150 LOCAL PROJECTS FUNDED

More than 150 local walking and cycling projects across the state will receive a $62 million boost to better link communities and encourage active transport.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said new cycleways, shared paths and better pedestrian infrastructure would be delivered under the Walking and Cycling program, giving communities across the state access to safe active transport options.

“We are investing in key local walking and cycling projects to improve links in the city, the regions and our suburbs,” Mr Constance said.

Mr Constance said more than 150 local projects will be built as a result of the funding to support growing communities and local industries.

  • Kiama commuters will benefit from $5.4 million in projects including the Minnamurra Bends Cycleway
  • Coogee will receive $3.8 million for projects such as a bi-directional cycleway from Kingsford to Coogee
  • Penrith will receive $2.6 million to build cycleways and shared paths on Jane Street, Coombes Drive and Trench Reserve

Key Sydney transport interchanges will be supported by more than $5 million to build missing links in the cycling and pedestrian network including:

  • More than $1 million for cycleways in the Sydney CBD, including the link from Kent Street to the Southern Portal of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Almost $2 million to build a further stage of the segregated cycleway along the full length of Lilyfield Road between Iron Cove and Victoria Road in Balmain
  • A further $1.2 million to build missing shared pathways and pedestrian links in Parramatta.

Mr Constance said this funding was in addition to a massive $80 million Restart NSW reservation in the Cycling Infrastructure Fund.

“The NSW Government is investing an unprecedented amount on active transport infrastructure, making it easier for people who walk or ride to work to do so more safely,” Mr Constance said.