Bike riding and walking across Sydney has increased significantly over the past few months, with many of us looking for alternatives to public transport and driving for our essential trips. According to a recent City of Sydney article bike trips have increased more than 50% during April and May.
With physical distancing restrictions and people considering their transport choices for everyday activities, walking and riding will play a critical role in reducing passenger loads on public transport and congestion on the road network, while providing commuters with a safe and healthy travel option.
Transport for NSW has worked with local councils to establish pop-up cycleways and is enhancing pedestrian access to allow more people to find alternative routes to work, along with lower speed limits to provide a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Find out more about the pop up cycleways and the latest Transport for NSW information about walking and cycling here.
Active transport provides tangible benefits to you by increasing physical activity levels, improving your overall health and wellbeing and it can save you time and money too.
Consider ways to make your commute more active, whether it’s combining active travel with your regular commute - or if you live within 20 minutes of your destination, why not walk it or bike it?
Benefits of walking and cycling
- Improved 'end to end' journey time and reliability whilst avoiding crowding
- Easier to maintain social distancing
- More people traveling by active transport will improve network outcomes overall in addition to delivering positive health, wellbeing and environmental outcomes.
- Incorporating health and fitness into the weekday schedule helps you meet the minimum thirty minutes of daily physical activity recommended in the Australian Government's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines.
- Health benefits include better heart and lung health, memory function and bone strength and getting enough exercise is closely related to a variety of positive mental health outcomes.
- Walkable neighbourhoods improve people’s access to activity centres, provide opportunity for recreation and encourage active and healthy lifestyles.
- Economic benefits – no tolls, fuel or fares for those who walk or ride.
How can you Find Your 30!
Find Your 30 is all about finding practical ways in which anyone can work half an hour of physical activity into their day. There are simple solutions, like walking or riding a bike to work on some days, mixing up active and public transport on your commute, and parking further way and walking the rest of the way to the office. Find out more about Finding Your 30 here!
New to bike riding? Find our safety tips below to get started:
New opportunities with Technology
Micro-mobility devices such as e-bikes provide customers with greater options for active travel. With opportunities to provide speeds up 30km, journey times can be reduced for even the average cyclist. Your organisation may also be willing to look at incentive schemes such as salary sacrificing arrangements for e-bikes. Talk to your local supplier for more details.
Want to know how to cycle to work?
- Check with your office or building management for details on end of trip facilities. Some buildings provide bike parking, charging stations for e-bikes, lockers/ storage, dry cleaning, towel services and toiletries.
- Find a bike riding buddy to share the most accessible routes and build your confidence.
- Check with your local council if they provide cycling courses or offer free bike service known as ‘Bike Tune Ups’. Some workplaces also provide these services.
Tanja, new bike commuter from Erskineville to Sydney CBD
Tanja takes you on a virtual journey of her new commute to work by bike from Sydney’s Inner West to the CBD and shares how she embarked on her new active commute, the challenges she faced and overcome when starting out and the benefits she’s gained four months on.