Events & Tourism

Council rolls out Ride2Work event

Published: 18 Oct 2019 4:54pm

Get pedalling and have fun.

And with this simple message about 25 cycling enthusiasts joined in Wagga Wagga City Council’s National Ride2Work event on Wednesday.

The community joined in the event which brought cyclists from across the city – and one from Coolamon – to Wagga Beach for breakfast and a presentation on road safety and the city’s Active Travel Plan.

Guest speaker Phil May, a Road Safety Officer with Transport for NSW, spoke about the recently legislated 1-metre space rule which applies to motorists and cyclists sharing the roads, and also clarified the use of roundabouts when cycling. Phil also said the spacing rule extends to 1.5m on roads with a speed limit over 60km/h.

Council’s Strategic Asset Planner Ben Creighton delivered an update about the 45km Active Travel cycling network currently under staged construction, and also the progress being made before work starts on the Multisport Cycling Complex at Pomingalarna next year.

Organiser of Council’s Ride2Work event, Rob Owers, was pleased with the local support for the various rides which all led to the beach for brekkie.

“It’s all about promoting an active and healthy lifestyle and there’s many opportunities around the city to do that,” Mr Owers said.

“Our city is growing in reputation as an active travel centre and to hold an event which encourages more people to get on their bike, to get pedalling and to have some fun before going to work is a great way to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.”