28 September 2022

On your bike: healthy national competition peddles positive message

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Wagga Wagga City Council is encouraging residents to take part in Biketober. Photo: iStock/Anyaberkut.

The national bike challenge next month is an ideal way for Wagga residents to discover the city’s cycle links and enjoy the benefits of being active.

Wagga Wagga City Council said it was proud to partner with Biketober to give community members and workplaces the chance to take part in the national campaign.

Biketober is open to anyone, from individuals to clubs and workplaces. It urges people to become fitter, be happier, and help save the planet.

People are encouraged to take their bikes for a spin in Biketober’s friendly competition, win prizes and help their workplace top the leaderboards.

The City Council said for those who hadn’t ridden in a long time or were contemplating cycling to work, Biketober was a great opportunity to get back in the saddle.

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The council’s strategic asset planner Ben Creighton said the partnership between the council and the national bike challenge promoted sustainable travel and usage of the city’s cycling paths.

“Our city is well on its way to becoming a cycling capital with the completed Multisport Cycling Complex and the progressing Active Travel Plan project,” Mr Creighton said.

“The Biketober partnership presented the perfect opportunity to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle through active travel, and our Active Travel links, which enhance the liveability of our city.”

The Active Travel Plan is a 56 km network of dedicated cycle paths that, when complete, will provide residents with safe travel alternatives.

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Wagga Council has partnered with Biketober to promote a healthy lifestyle and usage of the city’s bikeways. Photo: Wagga City Council.

The cycling path is one of the largest active travel networks to be built in a regional centre, and the first to be constructed as part of a single project.

Mr Creighton said the city council had been successful in securing additional Transport for NSW funding under the Get NSW Active program, allowing for a detailed design of the Active Travel Plan Stage 3 links.

“When completed, the Active Travel Plan’s shared pathway will crisscross the city and provide residents with a safe, alternative travel option for commuting,” he said.

READ ALSO Shared pathways improving Wagga health and liveability

How to take part in Biketober:

  • Everyone can join in, from regular riders to people who haven’t been on a bike in years (or ever).
  • Ride anywhere, anytime during October for fun, fitness or transportation.
  • You only need to ride for 10 minutes to start earning points and help your workplace climb the leaderboard.
  • Share the love – encouragement is at the core of Biketober.
  • Invite your co-workers, friends and family to take part.
  • Win amazing prizes by participating and encouraging others to discover or rediscover riding.
  • Get fitter, be happier, and help save our planet – sign up for Biketober today here.
  • Follow Biketober on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay updated.

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