Sydney, Australia Cycle Strategy and Action Plan: 2007-2017

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Sydney, Australia

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Type: Policy

Status: Adopted

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(The entire report is 6.8 MB. You can download it here.)

The City of Sydney Cycle Strategy and Action Plan 2007-2017 is Council’s commitment to making cycling as attractive a choice of transport as walking or using public transport.

The strategy outlines the infrastructure needed to ensure a safer and more comfortable cycling environment and the social initiatives that will encourage more people to cycle.

It is based on a comprehensive analysis of cycling issues prepared by consultants for the City. Significant input was also received from the cycling community during its preparation.

Significant changes were made in response to the submissions received during the public exhibition period in 2006 and the findings of social research undertaken by an independent research agency for the City of Sydney.

The City aims to make cycling an equal transport choice for residents, workers and visitors by 2017.

Specific aims of the strategy are:

  • creating and maintaining a comfortable and bicycle friendly environment in Sydney to encourage more residents, visitors and workers onto bicycles;
  • improving cycling safety
  • promoting the benefits of cycling; and
  • increasing the number of trips made by bicycle in Sydney.


  • Increase the number of bicycle trips made in the City of Sydney, as a percentage of total trips, from less than 2% in 2006 to 5% by 2011, and to 10% by 2016;
  • Increase the number of bicycle trips between 2 and 20 km made in the City of Sydney, as a percentage of total trips to 20% by 2016;
  • Achieve a minimum 80% good level of confidence and comfort for cyclists that ride in the City of Sydney by 2016; and
  • Measure and monitor the number of collisions and injuries involving bicycles and achieve a reduction in the number of incidents.

Key benefits
Key benefits provided through this plan are:

  • reduced road costs;
  • reduced overcrowding on public transport;
  • lower greenhouse gas emissions;
  • lower air pollution;
  • reduced accidents; and,
  • reduced health costs from increasing physical activity.