New strategy for encouraging active travel

30 June, 2011

As the first Greenway for Sydney a profound opportunity exists to create an active transport corridor that encourages healthy living and community engagement, fosters biodiversity, and provides environmental amenity – a truly integrated sustainability model.

The Greenway Sustainability Project has engaged a multi-discipline team from AECOM to develop an Active Transport Strategy and Action Plan. Active transport relates to physical activity as a means of transport including foot and bicycle. Use of public transport is also included in the definition as it often involves some walking and cycling to pick-up and drop off points.

The Active Transport Strategy provides an opportunity to improve health and lifestyles and reduce environmental impacts of motorised transport.

There has been a lot of interest and investment by the local community in the Greenway and surrounding open spaces over the past 10 years. This ‘grass roots’ inspired project demonstrates the high value that the community places on this corridor, its open spaces, people and history.

The goal of the Strategy is to encourage high and inclusive use of the Greenway and maintain diversity of function and use over its evolving development. The most powerful agent to ensure success of the Greenway as an active transport corridor is its convenience and attractiveness to the community.

Over the coming six months the community, Councils and stakeholders will be consulted on their views on how to best encourage active transport within the GreenWay and foster on-going community involvement. Workshops and surveys will be undertaken to identify what this corridor and the places along it mean to the community and what would encourage them to frequently use it, by either foot or on a bike, to reach the various destinations in and around the GreenWay.

As the success of the GreenWay relies on its relationships to its context; its people and places, the Strategy will build on community involvement to shape the future use and culture of the GreenWay.

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