Staff across the Westmead precinct are being encouraged to ditch their cars in favour of public transport as part of the inaugural Ride & Stride Week (October 10 – 14).
The week, which is an initiative of Western Sydney Local Health District, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Westmead Redevelopment team, aims to encourage hospital staff who drive to work to consider alternative transport options including trains, buses and cycling.
As part of the week, staff have been invited to participate in Ride2Work Day (October 12), trial local public transport options or drive part of the way to the campus and ride or stride the rest of the journey.
Representatives from Transport for NSW and Parramatta Light Rail will visit the precinct during the week to talk to staff about current and future public transport arrangements.
Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Danny O’Connor said alternatives to driving were part of the long-term plan for the precinct.
“By 2036, the workforce across Westmead is set to swell to 25,000 people so we need a sustainable transport solution that reduces the need to park and increases the use of public transport,” he said.
“Ride & Stride Week is an opportunity for people to trial alternative ways of getting to work and provide feedback on what works – and what doesn’t - to help us create a more accessible, liveable and workable precinct.
“All the feedback will be used to inform the precinct’s future transport needs, including light rail, bus routes, walking and cycling networks and connections to Parramatta CBD and other major roads.”
He said: “we know the way people access the precinct in the future is going to change. Ride and Stride Week is just one way for us to get people thinking about transport options available to them and encourage them to give them a go.
“For me, catching the train to work is an opportunity to connect with my colleagues who catch the train, catch-up on emails and stay abreast of the latest news. I really enjoy escaping the traffic and having that time out before I get to the hospital.”
For more information on Ride and Stride week contact us.
Photo caption: Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive, Danny O'Connor, and The Children's Hospital at Westmead chief execuitve, Professor Michael Bryden, walk from a train at Westmead station
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