The Green’s plan to enable safe cycling throughout Wollongong aims to reduce our dependance on the motor vehicle, but it’s hoped the increased exercise will also improve the health of our community.
According to NSW health statistics, 64% of adults in the Illawarra Local Health District are overweight or obese- up from 48% in 2002. That means we have the third-highest rate of obesity in NSW.
Councillor Cox says in Copenhagen, where 62% of people ride to work, the obesity are is around 15%.
“Providing our citizens with a universal cycle network that is safe and accessible for everyone could be the most effective initiative we as a city can implement to improve the health of our population. ”