Active Travel Plan - Commuter Cycling Network
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Council is developing a 51km network of dedicated cycle paths which when complete will criss-cross the city and provide residents with a safe, alternative transport option for commuting.
The $12.81M project includes five complete cycling networks which will link the outer suburbs with the central business area and end-of-trip facilities.
Dedicated city-wide cycling and sporting facilities are designed to improve health outcomes, enhance the liveability of the city, as well as attract new visitors to the city for sporting and recreational opportunities.
NEW: Take a look at the levee link under construction:
Cycle network - route maps
About the project & background
About the project & background
In September 2016 Wagga Wagga City Council released the Active Travel Plan – Cycling (ATP). This Plan has been developed as a component of the Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy 2040 (WWITS).
The ATP presents a clear vision on how to promote cycling as a legitimate mode of transport, through the development of high quality cycling networks and facilities across the city. The ATP explores:
- The benefits of promoting ‘Active Travel’
- An assessment of the existing bicycle network
- Opportunities to improve the cycling experience
The Plan is consistent with the principles of the WWITS, which were:
- Reduce reliance on private motor vehicles, and instead, encourage walking, cycling, public transport, healthy people and healthy places
- Provide connections and ease of movement between all centres and neighbourhoods
- Develop and maintain an economically viable transport system based on long term usage and informed by life-cycle costing and resource availability
A proposed network of cycle routes and end-of-trip facilities is presented in the ATP. This proposed network includes five complete cycling networks linking the outer suburbs with the central business area. The indicative locations of cycle routes and facilities have been selected following consideration of cycling needs as part of the overall integrated transport vision for the city. These locations are not locked in and they will be further investigated during the design phase.
Figure 1 Proposed Active Transport Corridors (Source: WWITS, 2016)
The project budget is $12.8M. Wagga Wagga City Council accepted $11.35M from the NSW State Government to deliver the design and implementation phases. This will be matched by $1.45M from Council.
An extensive and robust engagement process informed the development of the ATP. This engagement process fed into the development of WWITS and involved internal meetings, online interactive mapping, a stakeholder visioning workshop, speak out session, stakeholder meetings, moving forward together workbook and drop in shop front.
Consultation will occur with stakeholders and the community during the design phase. This will be to confirm the proposed routes, usability, safety, land ownership issues and construction management. Stakeholders and the community will be kept informed throughout the implementation phase.
- Wagga Cycle Network - 2018 community consultation
During the design phase, technical studies and consultation will occur to inform the prioritisation of routes and facilities and when they are constructed. The ATP will be implemented in collaboration with Transport for NSW and RMS.
State Government announcement of funding
Design phase: Consultation on the design and implementation phases of ATP (2018 and 2019)
Implementation phase: Inform stakeholders and community members
Deliver components of ATP
- Media Release - Council gives green light to cycling network routes (released 9 July 2018)
- Active Travel Plan 2016 - Cycling
- Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan 2040
Frequently Asked Questions
What does $12.81M buy?
A 51km network of safe cycling routes providing a direct, healthy and active commute to school, shops, work and recreation.
The project budget is $12.8M. Wagga Wagga City Council accepted $11.35M from the NSW State Government to deliver the project and this will be matched by $1.45M contribution from Council.
Will my driveway or the parking in front of my house be affected?
The proximity of houses and businesses to cycle path infrastructure differs across each route. Check the individual maps for detailed information.
What about safety education?
Council is working in partnership with RMS to develop a safe road user education program which includes cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. The cycle paths are designed for use by cyclists, motorised scooters, wheelchairs and pedestrians.
Will Council rezone or acquire any land?
There will be no land acquisition or rezoning. Where Council does not own the land, negotiations are underway with affected landholders for right of way.
What is the schedule and timeframe for the works?
Construction has commenced on the levee route in conjunction with the Main City Levee Upgrade Stage 2. The tentative schedule for the construction of cycle paths is:
- Levee (construction has commenced)
- Bourke St
- Kooringal Rd
- Red Hill Rd
- Central, Wollundry, Morgan
- Forest Hill
What are end-of-trip facilities and where will they be located?
Two locations are planned for end-of-trip facilities where cyclists can safely store their bike and freshen up after the trip. The Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre in Morgan St is one proposed site and the second is to be determined in consultation with the community. Council is seeking community input into suitable locations.
What’s in it for me if I don’t ride a bike?
- The paths will offer a safe, accessible option to everyone in the community to move around the city, regardless of ability. For example, community members using motorised scooters and wheelchairs will have the opportunity to safely navigate the city, enabling them to access recreational spaces and the outdoors.
- Ramps will provide access to the levee bank and Wiradjuri Walking Track
- Provide a safe alternative for children to travel to and from school with minimal interaction with traffic
- Reduced traffic congestion and fewer cars on the city’s roads
- Fewer cars mean reduced emissions and improved air quality
Why is the Forest Hill route not utilising the disused rail corridor?
The rail corridor is owned by the NSW Government and an Act of Parliament must be passed to allow usage. This is time prohibitive for this project as it must be completed within a timeframe stipulated by the funding agreement.
Rail trail pilot project sites commissioned by the NSW Government are under construction in Tumbarumba and Lismore.
Why is some land adjacent to the rail line being used, but not other land?
Where possible, Council has entered into agreements with land owners to lease relevant parcels of land immediately adjacent to the rail corridor.
What will the paths be constructed from?
The nature of works will depend on the existing conditions along the selected route, and may involve:
- resurfacing or widening of existing pathways
- separated on-road cycle paths within existing roadways,
- intersection upgrades
- new 2.5 - 3 metre wide concrete and asphalt pathways.