Active transport (walking and cycling) access to Sydney CBD

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Inner city access to Sydney CBD
Priority Initiative
Infrastructure Category
Proposed By
Local Government
Near term (0-5 years)
Inner Sydney, NSW
Active transport (walking and cycling) access to Sydney CBD


The cost of congestion in Sydney is estimated to increase from around $6 billion in 2011 to $15 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. The public transport network in Inner Sydney is 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.

In the longer term, there may be sufficient intra-regional trip volumes to support an extension of the network west to Parramatta.

Next steps  

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