As the largest inland city in NSW, Wagga Wagga is planning for their future. With a population expected to grow beyond 80,000 by 2036, Wagga Wagga established an integrated transport plan to help keep their city moving.
Recently, the 45km Levee Link, the first section of Wagga Wagga Commuter Cycle Network to be completed, was officially opened by the local community. Over 200 residents attended the event and enjoyed the new cycling route in their city.
With 94% of households owning a vehicle, City of Wagga Wagga knew they had an uphill battle to convert people to walking and bike riding instead. However, with 70% of residents saying they would ride for transport if it was safer and with the number of bikes sold increasing by 17% between 2007 and 2013, something needed to change.
In February, 2018 the NSW State Government announced $11.7 million towards implementing Wagga Wagga’s five strategic cycling routes. With another $1.45 million from the council, there's a total of $12.8 million investment towards active transport in Wagga Wagga.
“Council is committed to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle,” said City of Wagga Wagga Councillor, Greg Conkey OAM.
“A facility such as the cycling network will add to the liveability and accessibility of our city. I can see so many people benefiting from this cycle network – local residents and visitors alike – it’s a fantastic initiative which is a great addition to the city.”
There are pockets of great bike riding infrastructure across NSW. Bicycle NSW would like to see a commitment from the NSW Government and more councils to invest and support bike riding.