By Staff Writer
The Federal Government should help fund the construction of cycle paths across Sydney would take pressure off the transport system and improve the safety and health of residents the Local Government Association of NSW has argued.
The City of Sydney Council asked the Government for funding to help build a network of paths across 15 local government areas in and around the city.
President of the Local Government Association and Mayor of North Sydney Council, Cr Genia McCaffery said:
"Having an efficient and integrated cycle network would reduce congestion and pollution and improve the health of residents.
"More inner city residents cycling and walking means more space on public transport for those travelling longer distances.
"It would also reduce the chance of injury on our roads and make it easier, cheaper and quicker for people to get to work – Cycling is usually faster than driving over a 5km inner city journey.
"Sydney contributes significantly to our regional, state and national economy. If we are to make it sustainable and keep up internationally, cycle paths have to be a big part of our infrastructure plan,” she said.