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16 Mar 2022
Ideas Invited for City Revitalisation Innovation Challenge

Transport for NSW is calling on the brightest minds in NSW to help us breathe life into our city centres as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary, Cities & Active Transport Kiersten Fishburn said we're looking for start-ups, university groups, industry leaders and other forward-thinking organisations to take part in the City Revitalisation Innovation Challenge.

“Whether it’s pop-up safe bike storage, more nightlife parklets, or tech enabled drop-off and pick-up zones, we want ideas from our innovative thinkers about how we can make our cities more exciting places to visit, while keeping people CovidSAFE,” Ms Fishburn said.

“We know small business owners are doing it tough because of repeated lockdowns over the past two years, so we want people back in our cities enjoying the arts and recreation and supporting our tourism and retail operators.”

Sydney’s 24-hour economy commissioner Michael Rodrigues said the landscape of city centres has changed drastically. A large portion of office workers are still working from home, which suggests that increased patronage to city centres is more likely from people who are visiting for reasons other than work.

“We have an opportunity here to rethink how people travel to, from and around our cities, and how we can make the most of underutilized spaces. Pop-up bike storage facilities, dynamic street crossings or safer and more efficient drop-off and pick-up zones are just some ideas to encourage greater mobility within our city centres,” Mr Rodrigues said.

“The Innovation Challenge is about giving our customers seamless, connected travel experiences in and around vibrant new-look city centres – while keeping them CovidSAFE.”

For more information on the City Revitalisation Innovation Challenge, including how you can submit your ideas, please visit the challenge website.  

The submission period will be open until the 31st of March, with a plan to award contracts by late May.