Active transport (walking and cycling) access to Sydney CBD

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Active transport (walking and cycling) access to Sydney CBD

Inner city access to Sydney CBD
Potential investment options (Stage 2)
Sydney, NSW
Fast-growing cities
Efficient urban transport networks
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
NSW Government
Date added to the IPL
17 February 2016


The cost of congestion in Greater Sydney is estimated to increase from around $8.1 billion in 2016 to $15.9 billion in 2031. With a growing population and an increasingly centralised workforce, Inner Sydney is forecast to have the highest number of trips for any region in New South Wales.

Five of Sydney’s most congested urban roads are located within a 10 km radius of Sydney’s CBD. Some parts of the public transport network in Inner Sydney are also projected to reach or exceed current capacity by 2031.

There are more than 1 million daily short-distance trips (that is, less than 5 km) undertaken by private motor vehicles and taxis within 10 km of the Sydney CBD. However, safety concerns and disparate travel routes remain barriers to other forms of short-distance or active transport.

Potential options

The proposal is for a network of safe cycling routes within a 10 km radius of the Sydney CBD, including dedicated cycling and shared cycling/walking paths. This network could use a mix of on-road and off-road cycleways, quiet local streets, green space connections and rail corridors.

As Sydney grows, there may be sufficient intra-regional trip volumes to support an extension of the network west to Parramatta.

The proponent for this proposal was previously the City of Sydney. The proposal was updated in February 2020 to list the NSW Government as the proponent.

In line with its Future Transport Strategy 2056 vision, the NSW Government has planned a comprehensive network of cycleways within 10 km of metropolitan centres and within 5 km of strategic centres across Greater Sydney. This network has been co-designed with all councils in Greater Sydney.

Next steps

Proponent to complete business case development (Stage 3 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).