People in Wagga Wagga are set to benefit from 45 kilmotres of new bike trails before the end of 2019 thanks to funding from the NSW Government.
Details of the planned cycling network continue to emerge following the announcement of funding at the end of the January, this year.
A Wagga Wagga Council resolution to accept the funding was made on Monday night.
The initial grant of $400,000 will be used to develop the plan and research how to reduce car use across Wagga. The Active Travel Plan proposes the following five links:
- Central Link; starting at Bourkelands and passing through Tolland, Mount Austin, Turvey Park and including links to Calvary Private Hospital and Wagga Base Hospital.
- Kapooka Link; starting at Kapooka and connecting Ashmont shopping Centre and Northside Shopping Complex, with North and South links provide passage to Wagga Beach, Baylis Street and Apex Park.
- Forest Hill Link; starting at Forest Hill and providing a conduit for outer suburbs, such a Forest Hill and Gumly Gumly
- South Link; starting at Lake Albert
- North Link; starting at CSU
End of trip facilities including caged areas for bike security and CCTV have been proposed for three central locations (health precinct, Bolton Park, Civic Centre) and Local MP Daryl Maguire voiced his support.
Bicycle Network's NSW Public Affairs Manager, Bastien Wallace, voiced her support, emphasising the role of bikes in promoting the health, happiness and connectivity of NSW's regional communities.
"Bikes are one of the cheapest, easiest and most efficient ways to get around and transform our communities."
“It’s great to see cycling infrastructure and an increased focus on active transport in Wagga. I can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s all finished.”
See the report as it appeared in the Daily Telegraph.