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Fate of Thirroul and Towradgi’s ‘pop-up’ cycleways about to be decided, and Council wants your feedback

THE trial of ‘pop-up cycleways’ at Thirroul and Towradgi is coming to an end, with Wollongong City Council set to make a decision on their future.

With the two-year anniversary of the trial fast approaching, Council is completing a final round of community engagement as it considers whether to make the cycleways a permanent addition.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said over the past two years, the Council have monitored the use of the cycleways and sought feedback from the community to make changes along the way.

“We know there are many opinions on the pop-up cycleways,” he said.

“This is why we’re asking for feedback from the community one last time. We’re taking a critical look at the rollout of this trial and considering whether the different cycleways continue as they are, are tweaked, or removed altogether.

“Community feedback is an important part of our evaluation process and it’s essential we hear from everyone in our community. Hearing all opinions helps Council to understand how our community interact with these spaces and to make informed decisions.’’

The Pop-up Cycleways survey is available until Monday, January 30, for both users and non-users.

The cycleways were introduced, with financial support from the NSW Government and part of Council’s adopted Wollongong Cycling Strategy 2030. They aim to improve safety and access for bicycle riders.

The operation of the cycleways varies at each location from on-road dedicated lanes in Smith Street, to having road markings only in Thirroul.

Wollongong City Council general manager Greg Doyle said bike riding is supported as a mode of active transport or simply for recreation and fun across the Wollongong Local Government Area.

“We’re proudly a UCI Bike City and we are the only city in the southern hemisphere to have this title thanks to our focus to improving cycling accessibility, safety, and prioritising key locations where people like to ride.

“Our cycling network and shared pathways stretches about 130km with plans for a further 80km in the pipeline in the long term. It’s important these shared paths and links are in the right locations and offer what our community needs and will use. That’s why asking the community is a key step in the process, and we want to hear feedback from everyone.’’

People can share their feedback on the Final Survey by:

Completing the online user survey or the online survey for non-users by Monday, January 30, 2023.

Writing to: The General Manager, Wollongong City Council, Locked Bag 8821 WOLLONGONG DC NSW 2500

Emailing: engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au

Phoning: (02) 4227 7111

Visiting: Council’s Customer Service Centre, 41 Burelli St, Wollongong.


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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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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