The number of daily vehicle trips within Tamworth is expected to rise by 70 per cent over the next decade, due to increasing population and tourism.
Current predictions are that over the next decade, the population will increase to 100,000 and over 1.2 million people will visit annually.
The challenge is that just under 41% of the current residents are classified as obese. But Tamworth Council hopes that by encouraging greater use of active transport, more people will be able to improve their health and quality of life.
Current Bike Riding Network
There is currently 34km of shared path and 2km of on road cycleway in Tamworth region.
However, there is still more work to do in order to connect all of Tamworth. The Draft Active Transport Strategy 2021 sets out what is needed in Tamworth to create a connected, attractive, safe and inclusive bike riding network.
“It’s fantastic to see councils all over NSW starting to recognise the importance of active transport,” commented Kim Lavender, Bicycle NSW Communications Manager.
“We can’t wait to see the results in Tamworth and how all residents will benefit from more people bike riding and walking.”
The Tamworth Regional Council Draft Active Transport Strategy 2021 is now open for consultation, and we encourage everyone to have their say on building more active transport infrastructure in the area.