In Australian suburban streets, Halloween is the day that shows us what is possible. Neighbourhoods become places where people take priority over cars. On this day, people get to see what a truly walkable suburb looks like, as throngs of families flood their local streets to explore, admire decorations, door knock, catch up and eatContinue reading “Halloween in our streets”
If you have time and are in the area today, go check out car-free Redfern Street (Sunday 23 Jan)! It’s really exciting to see City of Sydney transforming local streets into car-free zones for a series of special events, an initiative to support small business, and provide outdoor entertainment for residents. Some observations from peopleContinue reading “Summer Streets Series Sydney”
BIKEast and WalkSydney are pleased to make a joint submission on the Draft Maroubra Junction Masterplan. Our key points are:
1. Improved placemaking – prioritisation of people and community
2. Designing priority transport connectivity – based on the Transport for NSW Road User Space Allocation policy and the related Walking Space Guide
3. Improved pedestrian facilities – based on the relaxed Transport for NSW policy which allows councils to decide where they install pedestrian crossings on unclassified roads
4. Connecting the local cycling network with safe infrastructure – to encourage local trips by active transport
5. Lower road speeds to improve safety for all road users and especially pedestrians and people riding bicycles
Willoughby Council consults on crossings for school kids. Willoughby Council wants to inform residents about a program to construct 13 raised pedestrian crossings (also known as wombat crossings) to improve safety of school children in the local area.
In 2015, a parent with five children at a school in the Parramatta council area asked for a pedestrian crossing to be installed near the school. Council staff said no because it didn’t comply with the NSW warrant for pedestrian crossings. Warrants are State guidelines to install new pedestrian crossings and until now councils have only considered crossingsContinue reading “Walking infrastructure steps up”
As a whole adults in NSW are getting more active, in particular, more ‘vigorously active,’ but a new University of Sydney study shows those in the most disadvantaged groups aren’t following this trend.
Blue line – the proposed pathway Red line – what is currently possible There have been calls for many years for a Harbour Walk around Blackwattle Bay. A circular walk around the whole bay for pedestrians and cyclists would be an attractive and much needed active transport route. We have seen recently the desire ofContinue reading “Sydney needs more Walkways”
The NSW Government rolled out a $15m state-wide program to fund shared spaces pilot projects and improve the quality of public spaces. Councils are strongly encouraged to apply for Streets as Shared Spaces grants to deliver short-term improvements to local streets, paths or public spaces and introduce tactical urbanism interventions. “We [NSW] are asking councilsContinue reading “A state-wide program to promote streets as shared spaces”
Transport for NSW has rolled out traffic-free road changes to support pedestrian safety in the CBD today for the boxing day sales. As part of this one day arrangement, the newly opened L2 light rail will be closed from QVB to Circular Quay. L2 will only run between Randwick and Town Hall. (For those unfamiliarContinue reading “Traffic-free Boxing Day”
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback earlier in the year to the Proposed F6 Extension Motorway. Some good news: As part of the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces’ approval process, one of the key changes means they will now build a direct, off-road shared pedestrian and cycle pathway that will replace the indirect,Continue reading “F6 extension walking and cycling path improvements”
WalkSydney is pleased to make a submission to the WestConnex M4-M5 Link: ‘MOD 2 – Crescent overpass and active transport links.’ The WalkSydney working group is deeply concerned about the proposed new ‘Crescent overpass’ and asks the authorities to reject this new modification and return to the original proposal for a greenlink. The overpass increasesContinue reading “Submission: WestConnex M4-M5 Link: ‘MOD 2 -Crescent overpass and active transport links.’”