Sydney’s City Action Plan
The City of Sydney Cycle Strategy and Action Plan (2007-2017) is a plan made to make cycling a more attractive form of transport.
Here is a snapshot of the specific aims and targets of the plan (as outlined on their site):
Here are some key points from the document:
- Cycling in the city is perceived as too dangerous, especially for women
- The perceived health benefits significantly outweigh the injury risks of cycling
- Driver attitude and behavior is a crucial factor to the perceived danger of cycling. The best way to improve this is with more bikes.
- Some cyclist’s must also appreciate legitimate road users moreso.
- Both cyclists and pedestrians must recognise their shared pathways, and their consequent responsibility (similarly for cyclists and drivers).
- Recreational routes are a good opportunity to promote cycling for recreation and tourism.
- Sydney is filled with many roads that are characterised as ‘high difficulty’ due too; traffic speed, volume, buses, insufficient space, traffic signals not considering cyclists. In situations where a primary road is too impractical to build bike facilities, the city will promote safer, more convenient, and direct alternative routes.
- The City of Sydney recognises, and has proposed, appropriate signage that considers cyclists also.
- Cyclist rules can be fragmented, e.g. cyclists can also use some bus lanes (most drivers don’t seem to be aware of this).
- Overall, the action plan attempts too:
- support current cyclists
- encourage potential cyclists
- provide information on routes, safety and facilities
- educate drivers and cyclists to respect all road users
The document greatly supports our own findings from our research and user interviews.
The action plan was additionally divided into a:
- cycling action plan
- cycling equity action plan
- cycling safety action plan
- cycling promotion action plan
From this, we gleaned four categories of focus:
- mapping / trip planning
- data collection
Additional bicycle user categories were also outlined, these were children, local cyclists, commuters, adult student cyclists, recreational cyclists, sport cyclists, tourist cyclists, bicycle couriers, and bicycle non-users.
Cycle Strategy And Action Plan 2007-2017.pdf