New Sydney cycleway boosts livability

The-cycleway-is-key-to-Sydneys-plan-of-sustainability-and-becoming-carbonneutral_157_72070_0_14005038_300The new George Street cycleway opening on Saturday June 14 will remind Sydneysiders – and all of those around New South Wales – about what makes their city such a special place to live in.

The 2.4km cycleway creates an integrated connection between north and south, connecting Green Square to the central city. It will also link the areas of Zetland, Waterloo, Alexandria and Redfern, explained a June 2 statement from the City of Sydney.

“Sydney’s newest cycleway will provide a safe transport option for current and future residents of Green Square – the city’s fastest growing community,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“With 40,000 residents expected to move to the area between now and 2030, it’s essential we create a mix of transport options including walking and cycling.”

The cycleway’s launch event will see music from Australian Gypsy music ensemble Lolo Lovina, as well as bike safety and route finding tips and a prize draw.

The news shows the city is right on track for its stated goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Its support to cyclists will take vehicles off the road and has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions, along with increasing convenience for commuters and residents.

It follows on from the city’s recent decision to provide $28.5 million for new bike lanes around the city, cementing its commitment to sustainable living in the rapidly growing city.

“The number of people choosing to ride is growing, and over the past four years we’ve seen huge growth in the use of our separated cycleways in Bourke Street, College Street and Kent Street,” explained Ms Moore.

The cycleway is just one part of the network of projects which will increase the livability of not just the Green Square area, but Sydney itself. With the population of Green Square currently at 13,296, according to the 2011 Census, there should be plenty of prospective home buyers and tenants flooding into the city.

With housing options already tight in Sydney, investors are likely to continue to benefit if they find themselves a property soon.

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