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Wollongong City Council

Wollongong’s young people capture bike city through their lens

Thursday 21 October 2021

Dirt tracks, beach visits, mountain biking, and shared paths alongside the coast. They’re a few reasons why our young people love bike riding around our city.

Wollongong Youth Services have recently changed their building’s photo panels as part of the ‘I love a bike city because…’ exhibition. From the summer blue seas to Harry Graham Park dirt track, our young people have captured the array of reasons why they love riding in Wollongong.

The exhibition also reflects global recognition of the connection of our city’s people to bikes following Wollongong’s international recognition as a Bike City last February. The UCI Bike City Label recognises Wollongong’s long-term commitment to delivering an improved cycling experience for everyone.

Read more in our media release: ‘Wollongong goes international with Bike City Label recognition’.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said that it’s great to see our bike city from our younger community member’s perspective, reflecting the opportunities provided by our natural environment and cycling infrastructure.

“In April we invited our young people to show us what bike riding in Wollongong means to them, and it’s no surprise that it’s different for everyone. If you’re walking past the Youth Centre, have a look at the exhibition and see if you recognise any familiar places,” Cr Bradbery said.

“The images may also very well inspire you as it is an exciting time to hop on a bike in our city. We’ve a number of cycling projects ramping up around our city including pop-up routes in Thirroul and Port Kembla that will make getting around an easier ride.”

You can read more about the latest cycling infrastructure updates in our media release: ‘Spring's the reason for cycling

The photo panels are part of a rotation for the ‘I love Wollongong’ because… project and will be on exhibition for 3 months.

The bike panels are not the only changes to the Youth Services’ exterior. You may have also noticed the existing mural has been refreshed. Before lockdown started, local artist PHIBS painted over his previous works from 2016 for a fresh new feel.

Check out the video on the Wollongong Youth Services Facebook page.

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