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Liveable Green Network

Liveable Green Network

Walk, run, cycle

The Liveable Green Network is a part of the City's plans to make the local area as green, global and connected as possible. It aims to create a pedestrian and cycling network that connects people with the city and village centres as well as major transport and entertainment hubs, cultural precincts, parks and open spaces.

It is important that residents, workers and visitors are able to walk and cycle around a city as large and diverse as Sydney. Many global cities have cycling and pedestrian networks with a focus on recreation and leisure, which often frame parklands, foreshores and other scenic attractions.

Extensive cycling paths have already been put in place. More cycleway projects are currently being constructed or designed.

The City is working towards building a 200km cycling network including 55km of separated cycleways.

Sustainable Sydney 2030 targets

Sustainable Sydney 2030 is a set of goals to improve the local area's sustainability by 2030. The City is encouraging 10% of journeys in the local area to be made by bicycle and at least half to be made on foot by 2030. The City also wants residents to be within walking distance to services and facilities such as fresh food markets, child care, health care and public parks.

Network features

Routes laid out for the Liveable Green Network will encourage cycling and walking. Improvements will include separated cycleways, lower speed limits, widened footpaths and improved crossings. Cycling routes will be clearly marked with easy-to-read maps and signage. More seats, bubblers and bike parking will be built along major cycling paths.

Network benefits

Locals and visitors will benefit from the Liveable Green Network as it supports:

  • Liveability: Walking and cycling are important benchmarks for a liveable city. High levels of walking mean a city is safe, vibrant and easily accessible by everyone.
  • Health: Cycling and walking are excellent forms of physical activity. They can form part of journeys to and from work, rest and play that might not otherwise feature in people’s busy schedules.
  • Environment: Encouraging people to walk or cycle for short distances can help reduce pollution, improve sustainability and complement public transport links.
  • Fairness: Young people, older people and people without a car need choices when it comes to transport. People who live in the local area are less likely to own a car than others elsewhere in Sydney.

State of the city

There is significant potential for greater walking and cycling paths under the Liveable Green Network.

Every day in metropolitan Sydney people make more than 16 million trips that are less than 10km, including 392,000 bicycle trips – more than the number of ferry trips each day. The cycling share for trips under 10km has grown from 1.9% to 2.5% since 2010 and since 2006 the number of people riding to work has increased by 50%.

These are considerable figures and highlight the need for the Liveable Green Network to be rolled out across central Sydney.

Liveable Green Network Strategy and Master Plan Report

The Liveable Green Network Strategy and Master Plan report develops and refines the Sustainable Sydney 2030 project idea by undertaking background research and case studies, reviewing previous cycle and pedestrian network planning studies, and undertaking route assessments to identify network gaps and amenity shortfalls.
The Liveable Green Network (LGN) Strategy and Master Plan reports can be downloaded in the section below.

Last updated: Friday, 7 February 2014