Walking and Cycling Program


Project overview

Walking and cycling are integral to our transport system and successful places. Over 1.1 billion trips a year in NSW are made on foot or by bicycle, including around 600 million trips associated with a public transport journey. Over a million people in NSW ride a bike at least once a week (13 percent of the population) and 2.6 million people ride a bike at least once a year.

The NSW Government is committed to encouraging people to walk or cycle as part of their everyday travel. Walking and cycling for commuting and short trips relieve pressure on our roads and public transport networks, and are part of a healthy lifestyle for our communities.

2022/23 Walking and Cycling Program

The 2022/23 Program is now open for applications – click here to access the portal. 

To assist you in making your application, please refer to the Program guidelines (PDF, 1.71 MB), which contain information such as project eligibility and funding options. 

    More Information

    For more information and feedback relating to the Walking and Cycling Program, please contact activetransport@transport.nsw.gov.au.

    The Walking & Cycling Program’s strategic objectives are aimed at: 

    • improving bike riding to and within centres, neighbourhoods and to key destinations
    • improving walkability in centres, neighbourhoods and at key destinations, and
    • enable vibrant centres and liveable neighbourhoods through the creation of street environments that prioritise walking and cycling. 

    Transport for NSW under this grants program, encourages Councils to plan ahead, develop a program of works and consider different funding options for proposed projects. This approach enables Transport for NSW to progressively plan and expand networks and support Councils to develop a sustainable forward program of walking and cycling projects that provides tangible benefits for our communities and customers.

    2020/21 Walking and Cycling Program

    91 projects were approved for funding as part of the 2020/21 Walking and Cycling Program (PDF, 382.44 KB).

    2019/20 Walking and Cycling Program

    Over 130 projects were approved for funding as part of the 2019/20 Walking and Cycling Program (PDF, 377.94 KB).

    Future Transport 2056

    Future Transport 2056 is a 40-year vision for the State’s transport system, supported by a suite of plans. The Strategy aims to deliver six statewide customer outcomes including Successful Places. The Successful Places outcome notes that ‘walking or cycling is the most convenient option for short trips around centres and local areas, supported by a safe road environment and suitable pathways’.

    Future Transport 2056 builds on principles and objectives for walking and cycling set out in the State Infrastructure Strategy, to encourage active transport for short trips.

    It prioritises the delivery of connected cycling networks within 10 kilometres of metropolitan city centres, and within five kilometres of strategic centres. It also prioritises walking access to public transport and key destinations.

    For Regional and Outer Metropolitan areas it outlines targets to increase walking mode share from four per cent to eight per cent and cycling mode share from two per cent to five per cent.

    Future Transport 2056 also embeds a Movement and Place Framework into transport planning decisions. The Framework aims to integrate efficient movement of people and goods with the amenity and quality of places, to contribute to the attraction, success and sustainability of our cities and towns.

    Under the Framework, streets that prioritise ‘place’ can be designed in a way that prioritise spaces for people and for walking and cycling. The Movement and Place principles work to support street environments that deliver place outcomes such as health and well-being benefits and movement outcomes such as moving people and goods safely, reliably and efficiently and encouraging sustainable transport modes. The Framework identifies different street environments and the necessary considerations to support those environments. Pedestrian and bicycle treatments should be considered to improve place qualities as well as access to and within places.

    NSW Government Priorities

    The NSW Government walking and cycling priorities outlined in key strategies are as follows:

    Future Transport Strategy 2056

    • Cycling network within 10km of the metropolitan CBDs and 5km of strategic centres
    • Increase walking and cycling mode share in Regional and Outer Metropolitan areas
    • Improve access to public transport
    • Walking and cycling as the most convenient option for short trips

    Building Momentum

    • Business cases for investment in a network of protected cycleways linking major strategic centres across the three cities; in partnership with local government and aligned with the Green Grid (Recommendation 50)
    • 10-year rolling program that prioritises active transport at high volume and high-profile locations in partnership with local government (Recommendation 51)
    • Investment in walking and cycling infrastructure and parks and open spaces as part of the ongoing integration of health into land use planning and transport strategies (Recommendation 99)

    A Metropolis of Three Cities

    • Headline indicator: ‘Walkable Places’
    • 30-minute cities where people live within 30 minutes by public transport to jobs, education and health services in their nearest strategic or metropolitan centre
    • Directions and indicators include designing places for people; a well-connected city that is more accessible and walkable; and an efficient city with reduced transport-related greenhouse gas emissions
    • Walking and cycling support place outcomes
    • Connected to the Green Grid and open spaces