Canada Bay local movement strategy

Client // City of Canada Bay

GTA Office // Sydney

GTA partnered with Mecone to deliver the Local Movement Strategy for the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area, setting out a 20-year vision for the Council and contributing to Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement.

The Local Movement Strategy was undertaken simultaneously with several other studies, including Council’s strategy for housing and employment, open space, and biodiversity. GTA played a central role in rationalising the interface between the Local Movement Strategy and the other documents, as well as ensuring an integrated transport strategy alongside broader planning objectives.

The Local Movement Strategy focussed on travel demand management and changing travel behaviour, as well as freight and loading implications across the Council area. One of the main objectives of the Strategy was to reduce the share of private vehicle trips compared with other modes. In 2016, 76% of all trips were by car whereas Council’s objective is to achieve 60% private vehicle mode share, with a greater uptake of walking and cycling as well as public transport use.

To facilitate this mode shift, the Local Movement Strategy highlights opportunities for safe walking and cycling facilities across the Council area, as well as safe routes to schools, completion of missing links in the cycle network and a simplified and more direct bus network. There is also an action to review speed limits on roads, streets and within local centres as well as to revise management of car parking in the town centres.

In addition to several working papers that were developed throughout the project, GTA undertook stakeholder and community consultation throughout the project. Members of the project team worked closely with Transport for New South Wales, Roads and Maritime Services, as well as adjoining and adjacent Councils to facilitate collaboration between local governments regarding their future plans to ensure broader transport connectivity.