Sydney wants more bike paths and public transport

Sydneysiders want more bike paths and cheaper public transport, according to a study from the University of Sydney.

Research published in the Australian and New Zealand Health Journal of Public Health found 85 per cent of Sydney residents support cheaper public transport, 82 per cent support more bicycle paths separated from motor vehicles and 72 per cent support a public bike-share program.Sydneysiders want more bike paths and cheaper public transport, according to a study from the University of Sydney.

The study was based on a cross-sectional online survey of 846 participants aged between 18 and 55 from inner Sydney areas including Redfern and Glebe.

The report said transport planning in Sydney and other Australian capital cities has historically been focused on car solutions, such as building bigger and more extensive motorways.

“However, motorised modes of transport are costly and unsustainable, and active travel options are important from a health, congestion avoidance, and sustainability perspective,” the report said.

Author of the report Professor Chris Rissel said investment into bicycle paths and public transport in inner-Sydney makes sense for health and traffic congestion.

“Our study shows there is already significant public support for active travel in Sydney. The high level of support was consistent, regardless of age, sex and how people commuted to work,” Dr Rissel said.

The study was authored by Professor Rissel with Associate Professor Li Ming Wen and Melanie Crane from the School of Public Health, and Professor Stephen Greaves, Chris Standen and Richard Ellison from the University of Sydney Business School.


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