Hon MP Gabrielle Upton - Councils must take up the Cycleways Opportunity - 19th May 2020

Councils must take up the Cycleways Opportunity

Member for Vaucluse, Gabrielle Upton MP today welcomed news that the NSW Government has collaborated with City of Sydney Council to develop new pop-up cycleways for the Eastern Sydney CBD and calls on Waverley and Woollahra Councils to deliver cycleways for the eastern suburbs community.

The announcement included a new cycleway in Moore Park Road, Paddington and new temporary safe speed limits to promote walking and cycling to help address the transport challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Upton said “As a keen cyclist myself, it has been gratifying to see more residents taking up cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic for recreation as well as an alternative to driving. A good cycleway can make a big difference for everyone including drivers and pedestrian and vastly improve cyclist’s safety.

“The NSW Government is keen to support such council projects through the $15 million Streets as Shared Spaces Program. Under the Program, grants of up to $1,000,000 are available for temporary and medium term projects which provide more spaces for our community to safely walk, cycle and exercise.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our local councils to step up and I urge them to do so.”

The NSW Government will invest around $600 million into walking and cycling infrastructure over the next four years. This will bring the NSW Government’s total investment to around $1 billion – the largest commitment in the State’s history.

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