World walking leaders in-step for Walk21
Lord Mayor Clover Moore joined the NSW Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian, to officially welcome delegates to Walk 21, the leading international conference on walking that is co-sponsored by the City of Sydney and the State Government.
The Lord Mayor said it was a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by what other cities are doing to improve the health, liveability and walkability of cities. Walk 21 was also a chance to share the work Sydney is doing to create a better city for walking.
“This is an exciting time for Sydney as we prepare for the transformation of George Street into a pedestrian and light rail boulevard,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The City is contributing $220 million towards the project and it is to the credit of Minister Berejiklian that this revolution is taking place.”
The City has also launched its inaugural Draft Walking Strategy Action Plan to help make Sydney more accessible for all and it’s now on public exhibition. Visit Sydney Your Say to comment before 17 November 2014.
Walk21 Sydney 2014
Walk21 for walking and liveable communities
Sydney hosted the world’s leading minds on walkable cities for Walk21, a 3-day event in October 2014 where experts shared ideas to improve the health, liveability and walkability of cities.
Hundreds of delegates from the US, Asia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand joined leading local authorities for inspiring conversations that will benefit all cities represented.
More than 90 per cent of trips within our city centre are made on foot every day.
Our world-famous harbour, landmark tourist attractions and great climate encourage Sydneysiders and visitors to get out in the fresh air and walk, whether they’re working, relaxing, shopping or exploring.
The City is investing $50 million to improve the appearance and safety of the most popular walking routes in central Sydney with upgraded footpaths and improved lighting. A further $8 million is being invested in a new comprehensive wayfinding network that will clearly direct people to landmarks and other places of interest.
We have also created our first walking strategy to help make Sydney more accessible.
Last updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014