The Wollongong UCI Bike City label officially awarded
Wollongong City Council received the city’s official recognition as a UCI Cycling City in front of an energetic crowd of 1,000 cycling enthusiasts.
Cycling fans, many with their bikes ready to take part in Wollongong Community Day 2022, witnessed the official presentation of the UCI Bike City plaque to Wollongong Mayor’s Deputy Advisor Tania Brown.
“What an exciting time this is for our city and our Bike City status was experienced by our community today with many cyclists of all ages taking part in the Wollongong 2022 Community Ride, or cheering on those who were,” Greg, chief executive of Wollongong City Council says Doyle.
“As an organisation, the Council has worked hard to improve and invest in a range of cycling infrastructure across our city. We want to support cycling for all and we want everyone to have the opportunity to cycle and develop his competences.
“In recent years the Council has improved cycling infrastructure with segregated cycle lanes and pop-up cycle lanes, as well as investing in facilities such as Cringila Hills and our local cycle lanes.”
We have come a long way since the days when Wollongong first received the prestigious UCI Bike City label. In early 2021, when we first received this honour, the label recognized Wollongong’s potential as a cycling-focused city.
“When Wollongong was named Australia’s first UCI Bike City, we pledged to continue investing in cycling for all. Since then the Council has carried out a great deal of work to improve and upgrade cycling infrastructure in the city. Wollongong local government area,” said Councilor Gordon Bradbery AM, Mayor of the City of Wollongong.
“Some of the highlights include the latest upgrade to a new playground for cycling skills at the already popular Cringila Hills Mountain Bike Park and the recently unveiled Criterium track at Unanderra.
“When it comes to getting around our city, we’ve seen cyclists of all ages make the most of the Council’s pop-up cycle routes which link key destinations in Port Kembla, Thirroul, Towradgi and Wollongong CBD.”
The Council’s investment in cycling does not end with the end of the 2022 UCI Road World Championships. We will continue to improve cycling in our city for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
Mr Doyle said the Council was delighted to see the level of community interest in cycling growing naturally during and after the Championships.
“The Council is proud to have accomplished so much in such a short time. It’s a fantastic achievement, but what’s even better is seeing our community get on board and give projects like the Cringila Hills Mountain Bike Park and the Criterium a big endorsement,” said Mr. Doyle. .
“Already, we see so many people, especially young people, taking advantage of these new cycling facilities and in the end, there is no better result than that.
“Wollongong’s UCI Bike City label and our commitment to cycling will not stop once the Championships roll out of town. Instead, we’ve made a long-term commitment to making cycling better for everyone. Our aim is to keep working to make Wollongong a fantastic place to cycle, scooter or skateboard, whatever their abilities or skills.