Walking Class Heroes
Three City workers in different roles share their slice of the city with everyday tales of walking on the job.
Walk this way
George Street number 1 for pedestrians
George Street is the most popular inner-city walking route in a new survey of pedestrian behaviour.
The City of Sydney counted pedestrian movements in May 2014, with the top 5 weekday walking trips being:
- George Street, between King Street and Hunter Street
- Railway Square, between Quay Street and Harris Street
- Park Street, between George Street and Pitt Street
- George Street, between Martin Place and Hunter Street
- George Street, between Bond Street and Margaret Street.
The top 5 weekend routes are:
- George Street, between Park Street and Bathurst Street
- Pitt Street Mall, between King Street and Market Street
- Circular Quay, eastern pontoon near the Opera House
- George Street, between Goulburn Street and Liverpool Street
- George Street, between Central Street and Liverpool Street.
The City manages more than 500kms of footpaths. Experience has taught us that when you create a better environment for walkers, footfall increases. This is good for our health, reduces congestion on our roads, supports local retailers, and boosts our economy.
Walk21 Sydney 2014
Let's walk more
Walking is a great way to get around and experience hidden Sydney life – one of the most interesting and quickest ways to get around our city.
Walking Sydney’s streets lets you explore nooks, browse hundreds of shops and find some of the best dining and bar experiences.
From the harbourside through to hidden laneway gems, experience Sydney like a local, from the bustling city centre with tower blocks overhead to the more relaxed village main streets with their unique character and charm.
To encourage walking, the City of Sydney and the NSW Government are co-hosting the Walk21 conference in October 2014, the world’s leading conference on walking, attracting international experts.
The conference coincides with the release of our walking strategy that works towards our Sustainable Sydney 2030 target of ensuring 50% of city trips are made on foot.
Walking benefits the individual and the community through reduced traffic and public transport congestion, particularly around schools, workplaces and universities, as well as better lifestyles.
To increase the number of people walking, the City wants to make it a more pleasurable and practical way of getting around Sydney’s streets. Some of our ongoing projects include:
- creating an additional 5km of pedestrianised streets and laneways
- widening and upgrading existing footpaths
- building more seats and water bubblers across central Sydney
- installing consistent, user-friendly and accessible signage
- hosting more special events that get people talking about walking!
With the local population set to grow 100,000 by 2030, there is an even greater need for a safe, connected and interesting walking network through the streets of Sydney.
Sydney Culture Walks app
Discover more than 400 of Sydney’s historical and public art points of interest and be guided on 10 walking tours curated by the City of Sydney.
The Sydney Culture Walks app is the ideal companion for discovering Sydney on foot – discover hidden laneways and new neighbourhoods while learning about Sydney’s history and the stories behind the city’s most loved public artworks.
Prefer to see what’s close to you or interested in a particular work? Simply filter through hundreds of points of interest by location, type or theme.
The smart phone app also offers free updates for life – a quick and easy way to keep an eye out for new walks and points of interest.
Last updated: Wednesday, 30 July 2014