Last night (29 June 2020), Wollongong City Council voted to release for public consultation a draft 10-year strategy for making cycling its community’s preferred transport option.
The “Draft Cycling Strategy 2030” seeks to provide an additional 50 kilometres of on-road cycling routes and 35 kilometres of off-road routes. This would expand the area’s present shared path and cycling network from 150 kilometres to almost 215 kilometres.
The plan aims to double the region’s cycling participation by 2030. It includes targets for higher numbers of cycling trips to work; lower numbers of cycling-related crashes; and increased female participation in cycling.
Council considered 350 stakeholder submissions in the development of the draft strategy. It will now be open for public comment over the next 42 days, after which Council will seek to adopt a final strategy.