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Council looks into escarpment bike track

WHETHER you’re a professional who trains daily, a cycling commuter or someone who just likes to get out for a ride with the family on a sunny day, Wollongong City Council wants to hear from you.

The draft City of Wollongong Bike Plan 2014-2018 is now on public exhibition and provides a blueprint for addressing a broad range of cycling issues to create a better experience for the growing number of riders in the Illawarra.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the plan has been developed following extensive consultation with the community and Council’s Active Transport Reference Group.

“We had more than a thousand individuals and groups share their views about the state of cycling in the city now and their ideas for improvements into the future. This information has allowed us to create what we believe is a comprehensive plan which considers the needs of bicycle users, pedestrians and motorists,” he said.

The plan incorporates measures such as upgrading and expanding the current bicycle network to improve access to key destinations in the city, enhanced signage, linemarking and facility improvement as well as increased promotion of cycling information, events and education and awareness programs.

It also recommends investigation into the development of a mountain bike park.

The City of Wollongong Bike Plan 2014-2018 will be on public exhibition until 19 May 2014. For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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