Planning experts believe more bike lanes will lead to a more active and healthier population. Photo: Rob Duong
BIKE lanes should be rolled out on ''as many streets as possible'' for a healthier and less congested Sydney, according to a leading health and planning expert. Karen Lee, who addressed a forum of NSW government planners on Thursday, drew on her experiences in New York where commuter cycling had increased 289 per cent thanks to policies encouraging bike use.
Cycleways were being expanded in New York as part of its ''complete streets'' program, with roads being upgraded to include bus and bicycle lanes and allow room for pedestrian traffic alongside cars. It will introduce a bike-share system in May. Dr Lee said mixed streets led to better economic outcomes, and had already eased congestion in America's most populous city. ''And it's not from making the roads wider for cars, it's actually from putting in all these other modes that become alternatives that people who are willing and want to do can now [use] safely.''