Walking strategy

Our first walking strategy and action plan aims to make Sydney a more accessible, attractive and safer city to explore on foot.

Find out more about the strategy and action plan.

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 co-hosted the Walk21 conference in October 2014, the world’s leading conference on walking, attracting international experts.

The conference coincided 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.


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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 May 2015