Pop­u­lar­ity of two-wheel com­mute is still grow­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

CY­CLING is a means of trans­porta­tion for a grow­ing num­ber of Syd­neysiders as an ex­pand­ing network of cy­cle­ways en­cour­ages peo­ple on to two wheels.

The num­ber of peo­ple cy­cling as a means of trans­port has dou­bled over the past three years and more than 7000 peo­ple cy­cle to work in the city each day.

“That’s enough to fill 116 buses,” says Fiona Camp­bell, man­ager of cy­cling strat­egy for City of Syd­ney.

Ac­cord­ing to Camp­bell, this is a marked shift in a city where, up un­til re­cent years, cy­cling was just a sport or hobby for most peo­ple.

“We’ve found that wher­ever we’ve put in in­fra­struc­ture, three or four times as many peo­ple are rid­ing along that route,” she says.

This is re­flected in the find­ings be­hind the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s Syd­ney’s Cy­cling Fu­ture re­port, that 70 per cent of NSW res- idents would like to ride a bike more for every­day trans­port if it were safer and more con­ve­nient.

If even a frac­tion of these peo­ple were to get on a bike, it could have a big im­pact on Syd­ney’s traf­fic, Camp­bell says.

“If 5 or 10 per cent more peo­ple rode to work in­stead of driv­ing, that school hol­i­day ef­fect where there’s less traf­fic could hap­pen every day of the week,” she says.

As state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments con- tinue to in­vest in new cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture, and on clos­ing the gaps be­tween ex­ist­ing paths, this traf­fic-free vi­sion is be­com­ing clearer.

Events such as the forth­com­ing Spring Cy­cle also play a part.

“Peo­ple have tended to stop rid­ing once they get their driver’s li­cence,’’ Camp­bell says.

“This is the per­fect time to get the old bike out of the shed and give it a go.”

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