The city's commuter cycleway is one step closer to beginning following the investment of $11.35 million from the state government.
But, lifelong road rider Cameron Oke believes constructing the pathway will be the easier task when compared to changing motorists' attitudes towards cyclists.
"On Sunday I was out for a ride with my little girl when she got abused by a motorist who felt it was alright to serve up some verbals to an eight-year-old," said Mr Oke.
The 43km pathway connecting 10 routes around the city is expected to be completed over the next two years, but a firm date for construction has not yet been stated.
To be completed in stages, the first is expected to connect the university precinct to the CBD.
Other routes will extend to Kapooka and Red Hill.
Alan Johnston, CEO Committee4Wagga, described the planned routes as "as good as it can be considering the restrictions we've got".
"It's not just business and jobs that are key to attracting people, you've got to have a culture and a society that's attractive for people to join," said Mr Johnston.
Mayor Greg Conkey hopes the pathway will "transform this city", and turn Wagga into the "cycling capital of regional Australia".
"We're consulting with all those residents who will be affected by this, who will have these cycleways outside their homes and their businesses, " said Mayor Greg Conkey.
But Mr Oke believes many would-be cyclists have been turned off seeing it as a mode of transport due to the perception they will need to "sprint to safety".
"I don't think the tolerance for cyclists [on the road] will ever change, but the city is being proactive in trying to get people onto their bikes and that's a good thing for the city," said Mr Oke.
"You'd hope there'd be a happy medium, where there are cycle lanes, then cars and riders would be able to co-exist.
"You'd hope there will be more people who will see cycling as an option, but there will always be people who whinge."
The cycleway was originally brought to council in 2011 and a business case promptly prepared for state government funding.
But delays in the planning process forced the renegotiation of the state government's deadline.
"They gave us a very short time period when we submitted that until when it was accepted, but the money will now be forthcoming," Mayor Conkey said.
Proposed pathways will also run through the centre of the city, with some suggestion up to three metres of traffic and parking lanes could be shaved.
"I know people are talking about car parking being an issue within the CBD, so this is one way that if people find it difficult to find a carpark, we encourage them to use their bike and come into the CBD and access the CBD via these cycleways," said the mayor.
"We're not expecting to have any loss [of parking], we need to have a look at parking to find out whether we will actually increase the parking situation.
"I argue that we don't really have a parking problem in this city.
"We've done heaps of surveys and we've found that the busiest time in this city on a weekday is between 12 o'clock and 1 o'clock, and the survey showed that [up to] 50 per cent of those parking spots are vacant."
Ahead of constructions, Wagga City Council will host four separate community consultations where the public is encouraged to have their say on the proposed routes.