Sydney needs: Active transport

There is inequality in who uses the city’s streets, with; women, people with a disability, young families and older people reporting that parts of the city are unsafe or inaccessible. Factors include a lack of safe places to cross busy streets, a lack of safe places to drop visitors off or pick them up (including at public transport hubs) and a lack of footpaths dips or disability access to buildings.

Sydney deserves a world-class transport system

We need a system that’s accessible to everyone to move around our city.

Supporting more people to move by active transport by growing active transport infrastructure (spaces to safely and enjoyably walk and cycle) is vital for a growing city, particularly in communities with high density living, and where is it is increasingly not possible for everyone to own a car.

The pandemic has seen even more people take up cycling and active transport, across our communities. The City of Sydney has been a strong advocate for cycling and separated cycleways in the face of State Government opposition.  However gaps in the bike network remain, there is local opposition to ‘pop up’ and new separated cycleways, under-investment by the NSW Govt (not meeting targets in its own plans) and inequality in who cycles.

Separated cycleways are the safest and best way to encourage people of all ages to cycle. People also need information, programs and support to begin cycling as part of their everyday, both for commuting or for recreation.

The Greens have a vision for Sydney that includes transport solutions that meet the needs of diverse communities, including people with disabilities, young families and older people. We plan to build on the work that’s been done to invigorate active transport during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide even more opportunities for Sydneysiders to reclaim our streets and move around our city!

Our priorities for fair transport for all
  1. Create streets for people and active transport by prioritising pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in all new road and other transport projects, and infrastructure upgrades.
  2. Support the completion of separated cycleways as the safest and best way to encourage people of all ages to cycle.
  3. Target initiatives to give equal access to active transport to people on low incomes, people with a disability, people of all genders and older people.
  4. Actively support opportunities to reduce car dependence, and to close streets to cars temporarily or permanently.
  5. Ensure that public ownership of active transport and street infrastructure is prioritised.
More about our active transport policies

Raise from 10% to 25% the target for the number of resident and worker journeys to be by bicycle by 2030

Expand programs which provide information and support for people to begin cycling as part of their everyday, both for commuting or for recreation. This includes significantly expanding the availability of information in languages other than English.

Expand accessibility to cycling for people with a differing physical needs and abilities.

Support strong regulation of dockless cycle hire schemes, including e-scooter schemes, to address problems such as short lifespans, footpath obstruction and the emissions associated with their operation.

Support the completion of the Inner-City Regional Bike Network, to support better connectivity with adjoining Local Council areas.

Work with NSW Greens Members of Parliament to campaign for stronger investment by the State Government in completing the Sydney cycling network, and to highlight underfunding by the NSW Government.

Support the temporarily and permanent closure of streets to cars.

Can you help us make Sydney a #CityForEveryone?

Next event

Join Greens for Sydney’s Sylvie Ellsmore at the Lord Mayoral candidate forum organised by Alexandria Residents’ Action Group, Friends of Erskineville and REDWatch, 7pm on Wednesday 10 November.

Candidates will take questions from the moderator and the community. The organisers conducted a survey to select the top three topics for discussion, which will be public housing, climate change and transport.

Event registration is not required. The below button will take you straight to the Zoom meeting room.

Get your questions ready!