City opens next stage of 200km cycle network

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP and Anthony Albanese MPFederal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government will today open three separated cycleways in Alexandria providing an important link in the City of Sydney’s planned 200km cycle network.

The 3.1km two-way separated cycleways on Bourke Road, Mandible and Bowden Streets are among the first to be opened as part of the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan to make cycling a convenient, safe and healthy mode of transport for short inner city trips.

The cycleways are jointly funded by the City of Sydney and the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

“The City of Sydney is investing $76M to build this cycle network, and we are pleased the Federal Government is supporting our plan with a commitment of a further $1.79M,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

“Alexandria and Beaconsfield already have the second highest percentage of residents cycling to work in the City of Sydney with a 74 per cent increase in bike riders between 2001 and 2006.

“We want to increase the number of people cycling – currently about two per cent of trips in the city are by bicycle, our plan is to increase that to 10 per cent by 2016.

“Building separated cycleways on these important local roads will not only increase safety and convenience for existing bike riders, but encourage even more Sydneysiders to take up cycling as a safe, sustainable and healthy option,” said Ms Moore.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese MP said the Rudd Labor Government has committed $1.79 million to the City of Sydney for bike paths as part of our Economic Stimulus Plan.

“Our investment has supported jobs in Sydney today while delivering the infrastructure necessary for a cleaner, greener future.

“Local projects like this are also an important part of the Rudd Government’s national commitment to tackling climate change.

“Across Australia we have delivered $40 million for more than 170 cycling infrastructure projects, supporting more than 1,900 jobs, helping to take more cars off our roads, and encouraging healthier lifestyles in local communities,” said Mr Albanese.

The Bourke Road cycleway will link with another cycleway currently under construction on Bourke Street providing bike riders a seven kilometre cycle corridor from southern Alexandria into the heart of the city providing a major north-south route in the cycle network.

The City of Sydney opened its first separated cycleway on King Street in the City Centre last year and is currently building separated cycleways on College and Kent Streets, City centre; Bourke St, from Woolloomooloo to Zetland; and Union Street, Pyrmont.

Designs are being developed for dozens more cycleways with construction expected to start on about 12 more in the coming months.

Media Contact:  David Woolbank on 9265 9560 or dwoolbank@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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