23 June 2022

Shared pathways improving Wagga health and liveability

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Work continues on Wagga City Council’s Active Travel Plan with the installation of signage aimed to educate the community on shared path etiquette. Photo: Wagga City Council.

Wagga City Council has installed signage to educate the community about shared path etiquette as part of its $15.8 million Active Travel Plan.

The signage can be seen along 13 shared paths, completed as part of the Plan to provide safe travel routes for adults and children to cycle, walk, scoot or skateboard to destinations around the city.

The sealed and line-marked shared pathways are also handy for parents with prams and children transitioning from four wheels to two.

The Active Travel Plan is a 56 km network of dedicated cycle paths that, when complete, will criss-cross the city and provide residents with safe travel alternatives promoting active modes of transport.

The project is designed to improve health outcomes, enhance the city’s liveability and attract new visitors for sporting and recreational activities.

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Wagga Cycle Centre head mechanic and cyclist Billy Hindmarsh said more riders should get out and discover Wagga via bike.

“The shared paths and signage introduce kids to the fundamentals of road rules early and give parents a level of comfort knowing they can get around safely,” Mr Hindmarsh said.

“Riders sticking to the left and travelling at safe speeds is key to a safe shared path.”

Council project coordinator Henry Collie said the pathways are designed to be shared equally and be enjoyable for a diverse range of users.

“It’s important we keep ourselves and each other safe by following some simple tips,” he said.

“Riders are encouraged to stay aware of their surroundings and respect other people using the path.”

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Council director projects Silas Darby said success would rely on a whole-of-community approach to safety and respect.

“Knowing the wide range of users of our shared pathways, we rely on the whole community to help keep them as they were intended ­– welcoming and safe,” he said.

“We are so pleased to be seeing more and more children riding or walking to school via the linked pathways, such as Nelson Drive, Ontario Drive and Plunkett Drive on the Lake Albert link.”

The Active Travel Plan is jointly funded by the NSW Government and Wagga Wagga City Council.

The council’s safety tips for bike riders encouraged them to “share with care” and pay attention to the signs, ring early to alert people to their presence, slow down for children, pets and people and keep to the left of the path except when overtaking.

Riders are reminded to ride at safe speeds, slow down when overtaking and be prepared to give way at shared intersections.

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