A Better Streets community celebration in Sydney this weekend will be complemented by an accompanying event in Wollongong.
Wollongong-based organisations 30Please.org, Illawarra Bicycle Users Group, Healthy Cities Illawarra, The Disability Trust and Safe Streets to School Wollongong are banding together for their own event on Sunday 5th March, in support of the Better Street Weekend in central Sydney.
They are encouraging community members to join them to ride, scoot or walk from Thirroul to Woonona and on to Towradgi, to incorporate three State electorates within the journey.
The Better Streets alliance has been established to help grassroots organisations lobby for changes that will enhance active transport in their areas.
In the lead-up to the NSW Election on the 25th March, the coalition is asking candidates to support five community wellbeing and economic outcomes:
- 75% of children walk, cycle, scoot or take public transport to school daily
- Adopt slower speeds on local residential streets and local business areas
- Build 1,000 kilometres of connected, safe, and direct routes per year for people riding bicycles and micromobility
- Build 2,560 pedestrian crossings
- Create and expand beautiful streetscapes for local businesses
Participants in the Wollongong ride will gather at the Thirroul playground from 10am and will depart at 10.30am. They will arrive at Woonona playground at around 11am and depart half an hour later to reach Towradgi Beach Park at approximately noon.
The Sydney event, being held on Saturday 4th March, has been adjusted slightly, with the start point shifted to Herald Square because of a conflicting event in First Fleet Park.
The route will incorporate the recently reopened College Street Cycleway.