This project aims to increase active transport opportunities for Wodonga residents through the provision of cycle supporting infrastructure. The facility will also allow council to promote and enhance bike friendly and cycle tourism opportunities for the city and the surrounding communities.
The CBD bike hub at Junction Square will provide end-of-trip change and toilet facilities, bike repair and storage options, as well as a water refill point. The facility will include automated lockers with 24-hour pin code entry and a universal E-bike charging station.
The bike hub will include a Changing Places facilities for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. The hub will include toilets and change facilities that meet accessible toilet standards as a well as the design specifications for individuals with disabilities as set out by Changing Places.
The facility design incorporates environmentally sustainable development and universal design principles. The project will be constructed utilising the latest building materials, innovations, and management processes.
The Junction Square site is conveniently located in Wodonga’s CBD, provides a safe and secure environment with good visual surveillance, is easy to find and close to or connected to Wodonga's shared pathway networks.
The total project budget is $383,530 which is made up of $150,000 a council allocation, $143,530 Victorian Government’s Changing Places Program Funding Round 2022, and $90,000 Department of Transport Cycle infrastructure funding.
The project is linked to the development of Hyphen which had a statutory car parking shortfall of 15 car spaces. Under the Wodonga Planning Scheme, the Parking Overlay requires that a payment in lieu of any shortfall be made. In this instance, the council allocated $150,000 in its 2020-2021 budget to deal with this requirement.
The Parking Overlay facilitates that the collected funds to be utilised for, or in association with, cycle-friendly infrastructure (including end-of-trip facilities) as described at Figure 4 in the council’s adopted Wodonga Central Business Area Car Parking Plan 2018.