Have your say on 'Bikes on Buses in the Bush' trial

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The Wagga Wagga community can help shape the state’s first ‘Bikes on Buses in the Bush’ trial, boosting access and connectivity across the city.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the community was now being asked to provide feedback on the trial, which will see bike racks fitted onto buses on select routes, allowing users to combine a bike ride with a bus trip.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the city of Wagga Wagga to be involved in the first of what will hopefully be many other trials designed to make life easier for locals,” Mr Toole said.

“The NSW Government is committed to boosting its public transport offering to help build upon our vision for a safer, stronger regional NSW.

“We want to get this trial right, so we’re seeking feedback from the community, including customers who catch the popular route 960 bus, Wagga Wagga City Council, bike user groups and Charles Sturt University on whether there is an appetite for the service and how best to roll it out.”

Member of the Legislative Council Wes Fang called on locals to make submissions to help better connect those travelling to work, university or even to and from the many parks and cycleways on offer in the city.

“Bikes on buses have been a success in the ACT as it’s a great way for commuters to easily transition between active and public transport,” Mr Fang said.

“It is super convenient and gives people more options for travel, making trips that much more accessible and easier.

“It’s great Wagga was chosen as the first trial location because it builds upon the 240 extra bus services we received in March last year as part of the 16 Cities Regional Growth Buses Program, and the 45-kilometre shared path that Wagga City Council is delivering across the city.”

The trial will roll out in the coming months, after all feedback has been considered, and run for about eight weeks. If proven successful, further trials will be rolled out across other regional centres.

Customers can have their say throughout the month of March via an online survey at https://qrco.de/wwbike