Active transport (walking and cycling) access to Sydney CBD

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Inner city access to Sydney CBD
Priority Initiative
Inner Sydney, NSW
Fast-growing cities
Urban Congestion
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 the 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 CBD. Safety concerns and disparate travel routes are current barriers to other forms of short distance or active transport.

A 2–5% shift of short‑distance car trips within 10 km of the CBD to active transport may result in a reduction of between 20,000 and 50,000 motor vehicle trips per day on Inner Sydney’s congested corridors.

Proposed initiative

Upgrade a network of 284 km of dedicated cycling and shared cycling/walking paths, on existing radial and cross regional corridors within a 10 km radius of the CBD.

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

Next steps

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