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WalkSydney is a community group advocating for walking exploring the issues that confront those who want to walk in Greater Sydney (Wollongong to Newcastle, and the Ocean to the Blue Mountains).

Our mission

Our mission is to make walking convenient, accessible, safe and enjoyable for everyone.

WalkSydney promotes best practices, influences the infrastructure, policies, decision making processes and institutions, and encourages the education of practitioners.

Our objectives

  • Promote walking as a safe, efficient and pleasant method of transport.
  • Participate in the design of an urban environment to encourage pedestrian transport and amenity.
  • Provide opportunity for members and non-members to express and promote their views regarding walking as active transport.
  • A commitment to healthy, just, efficient, accessible and sustainable communities and to work together to overcome the physical, social and institutional barriers that often limit people’s choices to walk.
  • Advocate for improved pedestrian priority on existing and future transport networks.
  • Promote the design of streets for people
  • Promote investment in infrastructure for walking.
  • Co-operate and work with other groups and organisations to improve and promote walking as a viable and valid mode of transport.

Our asks

  • Implement Best Practices
    • Revise TfNSW (RMS) Technical Directions for traffic devices such as Shared Zones, Continuous Footpath Treatments, etc.
    • Revise TfNSW (RMS) Traffic Signal Design Guide (it imposes restrictions that keep cars moving and reduces pedestrian access. Example. Old Canterbury Rd at Lewisham West light rail stop).
    • Revise TfNSW (RMS) supplements for Australian Standards and Austroads Guides which includes warrant for zebra crossings and slip lanes.
    • Revise NSW speed zones to ensure lower speeds can be implemented easily in the right locations. A 30 km/h speed limit should be the default in urban areas, and higher only in select locations.
    • Revise rail setback specifications so active transport corridors can be provided beside rail lines (where often there are existing service roads, etc).
    • Revise the Road Rules so that every intersection is by default a crosswalk, (i.e. the road crosses the footpath, rather than the footpath crossing the road), so it is clear to drivers that pedestrians have the right-of-way at unsignalised crossings.
  • Improve Infrastructure
    • Crossings
      • Provide pedestrian crossings at all movements.
      • Increase the use of Wombats (raised pedestrian crossings).
      • Implement automatic Green lights for pedestrians. Pedestrian phases as the default condition, so no beg button (pedestrian actuation) required.
      • Install Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) at all intersections with pedestrians present.
      • Detect pedestrians automatically at all intersections (prioritise those with more pedestrians). Implement pedestrian detection technology (as used in Queensland and Victoria) that adjusts signal timing for people walking (shorter waiting times and longer time to cross the road).
    • Active transport connections to destinations
      • Existing local infrastructure, and known walking/riding routes on all major projects.
      • Active transport infrastructure is always the first thing to be deleted from projects in cost-cutting.
  • Educate
    • Educate traffic engineers and road safety officers on road designs to provide walkability.
    • Educate traffic signals team about access by walking and bicycling. 
    • Educate NSW Police on the NSW Road Rules as they apply to pedestrian acces.s    
    • Enforce (in a continuous and highly visible way) the road rules (such as left-turn rule, etc).