Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann today launched the Greens election plan for boosting active transport in Sydney – ‘Changing how we move’ – together with Michael Cramer MEP, a visiting transport expert from Berlin and Member of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee.
“The Greens will design our roads for people, not just cars,” said Ms Faehrmann.
“Sydney roads are currently designed to try and maintain the speed of cars and trucks, but if you drive in Sydney you know that, for the most part, the system is failing miserably.
“Congestion is set to cost Sydney around $8 billion a year by 2020. The time to act is now.
“Bike sales have outstripped car sales nationally for a decade. This renaissance in cycling offers an opportunity for Sydney to invest and develop a transportation network that will reduce carbon emissions, reduce trip times, improve health and kick-start the economy by reducing congestion.
“But despite some small recent improvements, walking and cycling to work is still way too difficult in Sydney.
“The Greens have considered international best practice and key recommendations from stakeholder groups in order to boost cycling and walking trips,” said Ms Faehrmann.
Greens candidate for Balmain Mayor Jamie Parker said:
“We urgently need to rethink how our transport system should work.
“Sydneysiders experience the frustration of traffic jams and the health impacts of air pollution every day. Commuters understand that building more roads and toll ways is only a band-aid solution,” Mr Parker said.
The Greens active transport plan includes measures such as:
- Creating shared spaces with a speed limit of 10km/h
- 40km/h speed limits in other key central areas
- Minimum 5% of RTA funding for cycle infrastructure
- Improving pedestrian priority in central business districts
- End of trip facilities such as bike parking and change rooms.
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