Walk Sydney

(Community Recognition Statement, 18 November 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I wish to congratulate the Walk Sydney team for their efforts to help make Sydney more 'walkable' and as a peak body for walking in Greater Sydney. The group is linked with peak body Cycling and Walking Australia and a member of The International Federation of Pedestrians.

Walk Sydney advocates for improved safety and access for people walking, with submissions and feedback to decision makers. They draw on members' local knowledge and leading research, consistent with the government's Movement and Place policy and Sydney Green Grid plan.

Walk Sydney promotes best practice, works for better infrastructure, policies, processes and institutions, and encourages education of practitioners to benefit pedestrians. The group tackles practical improvements like automatic detection of pedestrians at traffic signals, safer traffic speed limits and road design that allows and encourages walking. Walk Sydney promotes walking as a safe, efficient and pleasant method of transport: vital for everywhere but particularly the Sydney electorate where so much is close enough to walk.

I value the contribution of Walk Sydney, helping to make sure that there are strong voices for pedestrians and active transport.