On 17 May, committee member and RTA representative Sam Reich presented on the status of rail trail development in New South Wales at a forum hosted by Transport for NSW in Orange. The West Region Bicycle Forum is an annual event, held in a different regional city each year.
The presentation, entitled “Rail Trails in NSW: Are We There Yet?”, updated the status of various projects for the audience of government officials, council planners, cycling and tourism advocates, etc. Sam also discussed progress on the regulations being developed pursuant to the government’s NSW Rail Trails Framework, released in 2022.
There is huge interest in rail trail developments among the people of the western regions of NSW, and RTA commends the West Region office of TfNSW for providing the platform from which the community can be informed. Sam also presented the case for urgent changes to NSW TrainLink to allow for the rolling on/off of unboxed bicycles, thereby enabling access to the emerging trails via public transport. Support for this measure was also warmly received by regional delegates, as it promises to allow better usage of the train network by passengers needing a “last mile” solution to their travel requirements.