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Have your say on proposed bike parking rails at key northern locations

Bike parking rails are proposed for outside Bulli hotel and McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul

OVER 30 bike parking rails will be installed at 13 locations between Thirroul and Fairy Meadow as part of a proposal by Wollongong City Council to help encourage cycling.

To help get the locations and number of bike rails right, Council is asking residents to share their feedback on the proposals.

During the development of the Wollongong Cycling Strategy 2030, the community identified bike parking as a priority and nominated potential sites near busy areas such as shops, beaches, playgrounds and public transport.

Following this, bike parking locations are being proposed at 26 different sites, from Thirroul in the north, to Berkeley in the south.

The sites under consideration in the north include McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul, outside the Point Street shops, Bulli, Stokes Lane outside Bulli Heritage Hotel, Strachan Park, Woonona, Haddon Lane, Woonona, Brompton Road, Bellambi and outside Towradgi Beach café.

Each location will have bike racks made of stainless steel and will be one of two designs – a hoop rail or a post rail. There will also be a bike parking sign installed near the site to let riders know this facility is available.

“We’re committed to improving cycling infrastructure around Wollongong for our community and visitors to enjoy,” Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

“Through community engagement we know facilities such as bike parking makes a difference when cycling around the city.

“It will encourage people to ride more often if they have safe and suitable locations to park their bikes while taking a break, catching public transport or enjoying their final stop or destination. So, it’s important for us to ensure the bike rails at each site are clearly seen and are accessible for our riders.

“It’s a perfect opportunity for our residents to take a look at the proposed plans and share their feedback – let us know if there are impacts that we may not have covered in the design before we install the bike rails.”

Information, including the draft design plans, and an opportunity to provide feedback is available at Council’s website our.wollongong.nsw.gov.au and local libraries.

There will be signs and footpath stickers installed where bike parking is proposed.


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A journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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