Sidney Cycleways

פורסם: 4 בנוב׳ 2010, 8:16 על ידי: Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 23 בפבר׳ 2011, 23:51 ]

Cycleways to get us home faster

more bikes, less traffic

Traffic congestion is rising. That means that if you drive, you'll be spending even more time stuck in traffic.

Want some good traffic news? Cycleways will give people another transport option that will make a difference and will help you get home faster – even if you'll never ride a bike.

That's because every extra bike mean less car traffic, more seats on public transport and a quicker journey for everyone.

Currently, about 1 per cent of all trips in the city are made on bicycle. By providing a safe and convenient network of cycleways, we aim to raise this figure to 10 per cent by 2016.

That's good news for everyone trying to get home a little faster.

Easing traffic congestion - the facts:

  • Traffic levels are forecast to rise 23 per cent over the next 15 years.
  • More than 50 per cent of all car trips are less than 5km – this is 15 minutes on a bicycle.
  • 1.35 million Australians make car journeys to work of less than 5 kilometres.
  • An Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network* will create:
    • A 66 per cent increase in people riding bikes by 2016 alone.
    • Congestion savings of $97.8 million (from increased bike use).
    • More seats available on public transport.

Cycleways to a healthier lifestyle

more pedaling, live longer

Spending too much time in your car? Doctors recommended you do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. But finding the time can be hard.

Cycleways make it easier to ride a bike and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. It's a low impact cardio exercise that many people are already fitting into their daily lives.

Bike riding increases your physical activity level, burns calories and builds muscle. It's no wonder that people who ride daily live significantly longer than those who don't.

That's good news for bike riders and for our community - more people riding bikes will mean less demand on our hospitals and doctors.

Health benefits - the facts:

  • A regular bike rider can be expected to be as fit as a person 10 years younger.
  • Riding a bike is a zero-emission transport option.
  • An Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network* will create:
    • A 66 per cent increase in people riding bikes by 2016 alone.
    • $147.3 million in health benefits over 30 years from the reduced risk of mortality.
    • Health benefits to the community equal to 44 cents for each cycle trip.
    • Savings of $24.2 million in greenhouse gas emissions, air and noise pollution.

Cycleways to a liveable City

more bike routes, more transport options

We all want to live in a city that is easy to get around, friendly and has clean air; but to achieve this we need to manage rising traffic levels.

Riding a bike is a great way to get to know your neighbourhood. The good news is that the number of bike riders in Sydney is growing quickly – at a rate of about 10 per cent every year for the past 10 years.

To really experience quieter and safer streets, lower congestion, less air pollution and improved community health we need to get even more people on bikes.

Currently, about 1 per cent of all trips in the city are made on bicycle. By providing a safe and convenient network of cycleways, we aim to raise this figure to 10 per cent by 2016.

To achieve this goal, we are building a safe 200 kilometre bike network that will be convenient and easy-to-use. Our aim is to encourage more people to ride bikes daily.

Community Health and Lifestyle benefits* - the facts:

  • 85 per cent of people say that they would be more likely to take up cycling or ride more often if a safe cycleway network was provided.
  • 1.35 million Australians make car journeys to work of less than 5 kilometres – that's a 15 minute bike ride.
  • An Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network* will create:
    • $147.3 million in health benefits over 30 years from the reduced risk of mortality.
    • Health benefits to the community equal to 44 cents for each cycle trip.
    • Journey ambience benefits (which includes the value of better protection for bike riders and improved way finding of $129.8 million).
    • Savings of $24.2 million in greenhouse gas emissions, air and noise pollution.


Cycleways to support Sydney's economy

4$ back for every 1$ spent

Sydney is our only global city but it's being strangled by traffic. More cars, longer trip times and not enough transport options are increasing the cost of doing business in Sydney.

Traffic congestion already costs Sydney business and the community $3.5 billion a year - and with a forecast 23 per cent growth in traffic in just 15 years, that figure will rise to $7.8 billion a year.

Introducing cycleways makes great economic sense. For every dollar we spend building a bike network we get $4 back in congestion, environmental and health benefits.

The cost of using a bike is a fraction of the cost of running a car - every dollar saved is one more available for other purchases. That's good news for workers and businesses.

Economic benefits* of an Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network – the facts:

  • Every $1 spent on a bike network will generate $3.88 of economic benefit back to the community, that compares to just $2 back for building new motorways.
  • Congestion savings of $97.8 million (resulting from fewer car trips), or $4.07 per trip for every commuter switching from a car to a bicycle.
  • Net benefit of $506 million over 30 years.

Cycleways to travel safer

 world  class designs for a modern city

Many global cities such as Amsterdam, Paris and Copenhagen have well established bike networks. Others, like London and New York are rapidly expanding theirs.

In Sydney, we have taken the experiences from all these cities to develop a bike network that is specifically catered to meet the needs of our own city.

Safety is paramount to increasing the number of bike riders. Separated cycleways give bike riders their own lane separate from motor traffic. This makes the road safer for all road users.

Our cycleways are designed to be easy-to-use, convenient and above all safe.

More people are riding more often – the facts:

  • More than 1.2 million bicycles were sold in Australia in 2008 – double the number 10 years ago, and more than the number of cars sold every year.
  • 85 per cent of people say that they would be more likely to take up cycling or ride more often if a safe cycleway network was provided.
  • The number of bike riders commuting to work has increased 37 per cent in five years.
  • An Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network will increase bike rider number a further 66 per cent by 2016 alone.
Source: sydneycycleways.net

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