The City of Wollongong has released an exciting new plan to create a more bike friendly city, with the Draft Wollongong Cycling Strategy 2030 out now and encouraging feedback until Monday 17 August.
This plan was developed using community feedback from a 2019 survey and aligns with the Wollongong 2028 Community Strategic Plan, which aims to continue to create a more connected and sustainable future.
The council unanimously approved the $4 million bike budget, with $1.8M (including $875,000 from a government grant) dedicated to constructing 15 new cycleway projects over the next three years.
The draft strategy outlines Wollongong's bold bike vision built on five priority pillars:
SAFE – We will invest in safe cycling infrastructure and educate our community on safe behaviour.
CONVENIENT – We will prioritise infrastructure that supports convenient cycling as a sustainable and well-integrated mode of transport.
PLANNED – We will actively plan and implement strategies to improve cycling in Wollongong to facilitate increased participation in the future.
BUSINESS, TOURISM & EVENTS – We will promote and support cycling in Wollongong as a fun, attractive and sustainable way of life.
INNOVATION – We will actively engage in and support innovative solutions that inform and encourage greater participation in riding.
The strategy aims to increase weekly participation in bike riding from 12.9% to 20% over the next 10 years, and includes plans such as:
- Building a new pump track at Cringila Hills
- Construction of a multi-use crit track (location yet to be decided)
- Expanding the city's cycling network from 120km to 215km
- Additional cycleways along Princes Highway, Crown Street and Lawrence Hargrave Drive
The bike riding community in the area are encouraged to complete a feedback form to share your thoughts about the draft strategy before Monday 17 August.
There is also an interactive cycling map where you can drop a pin and leave a comment about your experience riding bikes in Wollongong.Draft Wollongong Cycling Strategy 2030
More NSW Government funding for the region
- Southlake BMX - Resurface and seal the BMX track at Croome Sporting Complex
- Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation - Develop an lllawarra Shoalhaven Cycling Prospectus
- Shoalhaven City Council - Upgrade the bicycle pump-track at Kangaroo Valley
- Illawarra Cycling Club - Upgrade of facilities at Unanderra Velodrome
- The Council of the Municipality of Kiama - Procure a modular pump Track for active recreation in various locations
- Cycling NSW - Traffic Management Training and Education for volunteers
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