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Connecting our city

Connecting our city

Transport and access

Public transport services and major roads in the local area are already running close to capacity, and at peak times, close to breaking point.

An integrated transport network needs to be put in place now to create a sustainable city and accommodate the high growth in residents, workers and visitors to the local area in the future. We are lobbying the State Government to deliver stronger public transport links in our area.

Connecting our City is a 25-year integrated transport and land use strategy endorsed by Council which will help the City plan for central Sydney’s future. The plan includes statistics that reinforce why the local area needs better public transport options. The summary report is available to download at the end of this page. We have included some of the report's major points below.

Connecting our City

Building more roads into the city centre is not an answer to crowded public transport because this will only encourage more people to drive. Congestion already costs residents and businesses $3.5 billion each year and this amount will swell to $8 billion by 2020.

Sydney’s GDP is $250 billion each year. This is one quarter of the nation’s and two-thirds of our state’s GDP. Doing nothing is not an option because the future of Australia’s biggest city will be under threat.

We are encouraging people to travel by public transport, bike or foot to ensure our home remains sustainable and attractive while still meeting the needs of businesses that have set up shop in the local area.

Supporting sustainable transport options

We encourage sustainable transport networks by:

  • making pedestrians a priority and creating wider, safer footpaths
  • creating safe and accessible cycling paths
  • rewarding sustainable transport, including low-emission vehicles and those taking part in car share
  • transforming George Street into a wide, pedestrian-friendly boulevard with a light rail link that will connect 3 town squares at Railway Square (Central train station), Sydney Town Hall and Circular Quay
  • working with the state government for better public transport options that are more convenient and able to carry more passengers.


Bonnie Parfitt
City Access and Transport Executive Manager
02 9288 5967

Cyclists riding on a cycling path.

Cycle network

More and more Sydneysiders are turning to 2 wheels to commute to work, stay fit, reduce travelling times or just for fun.

The City of Sydney is building a 200km network – of which about 55km will be separated cycleways – and is now concentrating on building or upgrading 10 priority regional routes.

We have created 10km of separated cycleways, 60km of shared paths and 40km of other infrastructure – that’s 110km of the 200km City network already complete.

Where separated paths have been introduced the number of bike trips have doubled and trebled in some places. Overall the number of bike trips has doubled in the past 3 years. Commuter periods are peak cycling times, proving that it is being used as a viable get-to-work transport option.

The City is also behind a series of bike-riding and bike-maintenance courses to ensure locals are armed with everything they need to be self-sufficient cyclists.

Major cycling festivals and events are also supported, including National Ride2Work Day, Bicycle NSW's Spring Cycle and the Sydney Bike Film Festival.

Just some of the benefits of an improved cycling network in the local area include:

  • reduced congestion
  • improved health
  • greater liveability
  • a cheaper way for people to get around
  • a safer cycling network.

Sydney Cycleways

Sydney Cycleways is a rich resource for both budding and experienced riders. It features maps of all the cycling paths and networks, road rules and riding advice, as well as information about local events and courses.

Last updated: Monday, 14 April 2014