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Bike Friendly Future for Canada Bay

February 23, 2009

Pedal power could be the order of the day, with Canada Bay’s shopping districts set to become more bike friendly.

The council’s Cycle and Shop program aims to make Canada Bay a destination for cyclists.

With more people on the bikes the long term targets are to reduce both the demand for car parking spaces and the area’s carbon footprint.

The first step, though, is the installation of 26 bike racks, creating an additional 52 bike-parking spots.

Canada Bay Deputy Mayor Jeanette O’Hara said the project was a great step forward for the area, which had become more bicycle focused.

“We have a lot of people cycling more and more and these days; everybody is getting into sustainability and riding their bikes,” she said.

Cr O’Hara said more facilities and signs would help cyclists navigate their way through the city’s bicycle facilities.

A report tabled at last Tuesday’s meeting of Canada Bay Council states, “there is significant growth in cycling across the Inner West of Sydney”. The report refers to the research carried out for the FuturesPlan20, which identified cycling as a key means of tackling congestion, easing pressure on existing parking supply and assisting in reducing carbon emissions.

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