Footpaths in Wollongong should be designated shared pathways so bicycle riders can use them, according to a northern suburbs residents group.
The group also wants the law changed so that cyclists can ride on footpaths.
The Northern Illawarra Residents Action Group put in a submission as part of Wollongong City Council's call for feedback over its updated city cycling review.
The review aims to increase the participation rates of cycling - both for exercise and recreation purposes.
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The residents group saw a lack of adequate cycling paths in some directions.
"The main routes generally only cater for leisure and commuting users and mostly for north-south coastal travel directions," the submission stated.
"There is a real lack of connectivity, not only in east-west directions but also within local urban areas generally."
The submission also claimed some "short cuts" between shared pathways did not feature on council's cycleway maps.
"On all but local residential roads, where there is no marked bicycle lane or dedicated sealed shoulder," the submission stated, "any footpath should be designated as a shared path and signposted (and/or marked with painted logos) to allow cyclists of all ages to legally opt to ride without traffic conflict."
In NSW cyclists aged 16 and under are allowed to ride their bike on a footpath, as is any adult supervising a cyclist under 16.
Also, riders aged 16 or 17 can be on a footpath, though only if they are with an under-16 cyclist.
The Northern Illawarra Residents Action Group sees this 16-year-old cut-off as a "disincentive" to greater cycling use.
"We ask Wollongong City Council to work with the state government to change the law which restricts cycling on footpaths to those under 16 years of age, to demonstrate that Wollongong is truly fostering sustainable transport alternatives," the submission read.
It also floated the possibility of adopting a Paris initiative where certain roads are closed to cars on Sundays and public holidays.