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NSW Coastline Cycleway 2010 Illawarra Survey - Healthy Cities ...

As the necessary improvements fall under

the control of a large number of government

departments and agencies we hope we can

enlist a whole of government approach to

efficiently implement them. It is hoped that the

opportunities found during the survey can be

addressed by the Premier’s Council for Active

Living acting as a co-ordinator for this approach.

The IATT is convened by Healthy Cities

Illawarra, and includes representatives of the

three Illawarra local governments - Wollongong,

Shellharbour and Kiama Councils, the NSW

Roads and Traffic Authority, South-Eastern

Sydney Illawarra Area Health, Heart Foundation,

Cancer Council, the Illawarra and Kiama Bicycle

User Groups (BUGs) and some of the major

Illawarra bicycle businesses. The Taskforce

aims to get more people to use cycling, walking

or public transport rather than private cars for

commuting, shopping and recreation.

The IATT has strengthened the position of

cycling and walking as a healthier, inexpensive

and more sustainable transport option. We hope

this report will lead towards further government

action to improve, promote and maintain the

Illawarra section of the NSW Coastline Cycleway.

Illawarra Active Transport Taskforce,

representing: Healthy Cities Illawarra,

Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City

Council, Kiama Municipal Council, NSW

Roads and Traffic Authority, South-Eastern

Sydney Illawarra Area Health, National Heart

Foundation, Cancer Council, Illawarra Bicycle

Users Group, Kiama Bicycle Users Group and

Illawarra bicycle businesses.

The benefits of cycling or walking are numerous

and remain the same whether the trip is for

recreation or transport to a destination. Cycling

and walking are practical and fun ways to: reduce

the risks of climate change and air pollution;

cut traffic congestion; reduce travel costs; and

importantly, reduce the risks of diseases such as

cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, colon

and breast cancer, and depression. The British

Medical Association reports that the health risks

of inactivity are 20 times greater than the health

risks posed by a potential cycling accident. In

other words it is a greater risk to do no activity

than it is to ride a bike.

In each of the last seven years Australian bike

sales have surged ahead of car purchases. The

cycling industry is now worth over 1 billion dollars

(Bicycle Industries Australia Ltd, 2006) and

cycle tourism is an increasingly popular way for

Australians to take time out. Dr Sue Beeton, La

Trobe University, calculated that a cycle tourist

spends an average of $258 dollars per day – a

great boost to regional economic growth.

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