March 4 and 5 2023 marked the inaugural Better Streets weekend which gathered over 200 coalition members from across NSW to demonstrate the need for better streets.
Just months after the coalition's launch late last year, the Sydney Walk and Ride event alone attracted over 150 supporters, including representatives from a diverse range of organisations such as health, climate, local community groups and local businesses.
Participants, led by John Caley from Bike Marrickville, rode and walked their way from Circular Quay to Prince Alfred Park along almost entirely separated bike lanes including the recently opened College Street cycleway. Upon arrival in Prince Alfred Park the buzz for Better Streets was high with many new connections being made in the social festivities that followed.
On March 5th, another Better Streets ride was organised through the Illawarra electorates of Thirroul, Woonona and Towradgei with over 40 community members turning out to show the growing support for Better Streets within the region. Amongst the groups represented were Safe Streets to School Wollongong, Illawarra Bicycle Users Group, Healthy Cities Illawarra, The Disability Trust and 30Please.org. The event received a wide range of media coverage from WINNEWS TV, ABC Radio and Illawarra Mercury,