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Infrastructure Australia says Sydney cycleways are a national priority

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Proposed inner Sydney bicycle lane network. Cycle Traveller

The City of Sydney has won a major ally in the expansion of its cycleway network with the Federal Government flagging bike lane development in the metropolis as a national priority.

Infrastructure Australia, the country's peak infrastructure advisory body, has placed a City of Sydney-led plan to develop a well connected bike lane network on its National Infrastructure Priority List. The plan lays out a 284km bicycle lane network by connecting existing infrastructure in 15 councils as well as developing new lanes to fill the missing links.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it is the first time a bike project has been included as an Early Stage project in the List.

“Infrastructure Australia’s decision reflects the fast growth of bike riding in Sydney and an increasing awareness that safe bike infrastructure is part of the solution to traffic gridlock,” the Lord Mayor said.

The inclusion of the plan in Infrastructure Australia’s list greatly improves the chance that it will be awarded the $185 million in Commonwealth funding needed over eight years to become a reality.

It is estimated the network, which would stretch across 164 suburbs, would result in a 71% jump in bike trips by 2026, according to a study by AECOM. The study found that this increase in cycling would have additional benefits to the economy; namely $97.8 million in reduced congestion as well as a health saving of $147.4 million over the next three decades. This is because regular cyclists are found to have the fitness levels of people 10-years their junior, reducing the chance of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

The Mayor of Marrickville, Councillor Victor Macri, said a bike lane network would make a big difference to the lives of thousands of Sydney residents.

“Marrickville Council is working hard on further developing effective cycle links, so we very much welcome this proposed network that will improve connectivity between neighbouring councils and across the city as a whole,” he said.

City of Sydney said a well connected bicycle lane network would provide more than just health benefits and reduced congestion to residents. It said it would also encourage environmental sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as reduce social disadvantage by providing safe infrastructure for the use of affordable transport.

Image: Part of a proposed inner city bicycle lane network. City of Sydney

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