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NSW Active Transport Strategy aims to double walking and cycling trips

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The New South Wales Government will set a target of doubling walking and cycling trips, with the release of the state’s first Active Transport Strategy.

Minister for Active Transport Rob Stokes said the release of the Strategy, together with a submission to Infrastructure Australia for Commonwealth investment in walking and cycling infrastructure, demonstrates the New South Wales Government’s commitment to making daily life better for local families and communities across the state.

“New South Wales is the nation’s leading jurisdiction for walking and cycling investment,” he said. “But with two million car trips of less than two kilometres in Sydney every day, there’s clearly much more to do.

“That’s why this strategy sets out ambitious, long-term targets for more active transport infrastructure, to double the estimated 1.1 billion active transport trips and reduce pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths.”

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Stokes said evidence was clear that increased walking and cycling meant more money spent in town centres and high streets, and less spent on transport costs or treating non-communicable disease.

“Our plans for strategic cycleway corridors across Greater Sydney are just as city shaping as the major public transport and road initiatives underway,” he said. “That’s why we’re asking the Commonwealth to invest in our plans to benefit millions of Sydneysiders.”

The Active Transport Strategy outlines five key ambitions, including creating walkable and connected 15-minute neighbourhoods across the state to decrease short car trips; delivering more than 1000 kilometres of new cycleways and supporting infrastructure; doubling the number of children walking or riding to school in major centres across the state; halving death and reducing serious injuries by 30 per cent for pedestrians and cyclists; and modernising active transport regulation by cutting unnecessary red tape and simplifying planning and design standards.

This year the New South Wales Government provided a record $117 million to 283 local active transport projects through the Get NSW Active program. The Government is also investing $60 million in a continuous foreshore link from Parramatta to Sydney.

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