What is the Active Transport Strategy?
The NSW Government wants walking and bike riding, known as active transport, to be the preferred way to make short trips and a viable, safe and efficient option for longer trips. We estimate that more than 1.5 billion walking and bike riding trips are taken per year across New South Wales. We want to double this number in 20 years.
NSW Government’s Future Transport Strategy sets the vision for safe, healthy, sustainable, accessible and integrated journeys in NSW.
This Active Transport Strategy draws on the Future Transport Strategy and its vision for walking, bike riding and personal mobility. The Strategy provides a plan to guide planning, investment and priority actions for active transport across NSW.
Encouraging more people to walk and bike ride in NSW
Walking and bike riding is the most sustainable form of transport, contributing to great places, cleaner local environments, healthier lifestyles, and providing economic benefits to local neighbourhoods.
By encouraging more people to choose walking or bike riding for everyday journeys, we will improve neighbourhoods and the environment, reduce car use and traffic congestion, support busy local economies, and improve the general health of our communities.
What does the Active Transport Strategy address?
Our strategy focuses on:
- 15-minute local neighbourhoods that allow communities to be strong, vibrant and active by prioritising walking, bike riding and place making to local destinations and transport networks
- continuous and connected cycling network infrastructure across NSW to enable more people to safely ride their bikes as part of their everyday travel
- improving the safety and comfort of people walking and riding bikes by providing fit-for-purpose active transport infrastructure and appropriate road speeds
- facilitating children’s and young people’s independent mobility by improving safe walking and bike riding options for travel to and from school
- supporting multimodal journeys by integrating active and public transport
- enabling first and last mile freight delivery via active transport to help customers in our centres and neighbourhoods receive goods and deliveries efficiently and discreetly from smaller, cleaner, and quieter vehicles
- promoting walking and cycling to encourage behaviour change across the State
- supporting emerging technology choices such as e-bikes and other micromobility devices to enable people to ride further and more often and undertake tasks usually done by car
- enhancing visitor and tourism experiences including scenic rail and walking trails
- working with partners such as local government and industry to accelerate change