Prioritising public transport, walking and cycling

Sydney’s population is increasing dramatically and our transport systems are not coping. 

Prioritising public transport, walking and cycling

Significant investment

We have invested heavily in walking, cycling and car share to provide more transport options. More walking and cycling means more room for everyone using buses or trains, and more space on our roads for business delivery drivers, couriers and taxis.

Transport projects create the opportunity to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, beautify our streets, and create more active, healthy and connected communities.

The new George Street Light Rail is a result of our research and advocacy. The City contributed $220 million to the project to create beautiful public spaces and a tree-lined boulevard down our major public transport spine.

We’re continuing to advocate for the State Government to invest in further transformational public transport projects, like an all-electric bus fleet, light rail or trackless trams to Green Square and Metro West stops in the dense suburbs of Pyrmont and Zetland.

Ride, walk and car share

We are on track to complete our inner city cycling network within the next 10 years, including separated cycleways, shared paths and changes to smaller streets. We’ve made access to a car - without owning a car - easy through car share. There are over 31,000 car share members in the City of Sydney, including 6700 business members.

Our Liveable Green Network plan connects useful destinations with green and inviting walking and cycling routes, with the attractive Bourke Street a model to encourage active transport options that promotes people’s health and supports local businesses.

Parking demand far exceeds available kerbspace so increasing transport choices is essential to reduce demand for parking spaces. Our Neighbourhood Parking Policy introduced 15-minute parking on high streets to help local businesses and new visitor and business permits.

The City is progressively installing new pedestrian signage to make it easier to get around and we’ve upgraded footpaths, added pram and wheelchair ramps and improved access to bus stops.