Brimbank,
18
August
2016
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05:10
Australia/Melbourne

A fresh, new look at cycling and walking in Brimbank

Summary

Brimbank City Council will continue its work towards improving the City’s cycling and walking network following the adoption of the Brimbank Cycling and Walking Strategy Update 2016.

Brimbank City Council will continue its work towards improving the City’s cycling and walking network following the adoption of the Brimbank Cycling and Walking Strategy Update 2016.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators, Mr John Watson said the updated strategy takes a fresh, new look at cycling and walking throughout Brimbank.

“Since the Cycling and Walking Strategy was first adopted in 2008 Council has constructed around 20km of off-road trails, and around 21km of on-road cycle routes, as well as many cycle related improvements at a cost of around $11million.

“These improvements have seen cycling and walking participation increase significantly as routes have opened up nature based journeys alongside creeks, gullies and reserves that were once inaccessible to the public.”

Mr Watson said the updated strategy takes into account the significant change that has occurred in Brimbank over the past eight years.

“The recent construction of major rail infrastructure projects has reshaped Brimbank’s transport networks and town centres.

“New strategies, such as West Trails and Ardeer Green Activity Hub Master Plan, have been developed, that will help strengthen the future of cycling and walking in the municipality.

“The ongoing urban transformation of Sunshine and St Albans town centres will also continue to influence the need for sustainable transport in and around these hubs,” Mr Watson said.

32 Strategic Improvements

The updated strategy outlines 32 strategic network improvements that have been indicatively costed to provide Council with a clear plan for implementation, and an updated framework, to guide investment over the next five to seven years – subject to budget consideration.

In addition to the strategic network improvements, the Strategy Update includes several other key actions to assist in the planning, budgeting and implementation of the network. These include:

  • Advocating with adjoining councils and responsible authorities, such as VicRoads, to improve networks and increase connectivity
  • Delivering on-road ‘Local Connector Routes’ as part of Council’s ongoing road rehabilitation works
  • Implementing consistent signage and way-finding across the municipality
  • Planning leafier/more attractive journeys and trails by working directly with the implementation of the Urban Forest Strategy 2016 and Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan Update 2016