Brimbank,
24
June
2016
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03:24
Australia/Melbourne

Have Your Say on our Cycling and Walking Trails Strategy

Summary

The Draft Brimbank Cycling and Walking Strategy Update 2016 is open for community consultation.

Council adopted the Brimbank Cycling and Walking Strategy in 2008 and is now updating the Strategy to reflect new information, urban development, infrastructure projects and community views.

Since the adoption of the Strategy, we've built

  • 20km of off-road trails,
  • 21km of on-road cycle routes, and
  • other related improvements at a cost of around $11m.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators John Watson said “This approach has 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.

“Now, Council is updating the Strategy following a public online survey (which received 84 responses) and meetings with various cycling groups inviting input earlier this year.

“Many of these suggestions around routes, infrastructure, beautification and better signage have been incorporated into the draft Strategy update.”

 

8 Years of Significant Changes

In the eight (8) years since the adoption of the Strategy, Brimbank has seen significant change.

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.

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

“In consideration of these changes, the draft Strategy outlines 32 strategic network improvements that have been indicatively costed,” Mr Watson said.

“These network improvements provide Council with a clear plan for implementation, and an updated framework, to guide investment over the next five to seven years.

“Council welcomes input from residents over the next four weeks into the next exciting phase of the Cycling and Walking Strategy.”

 

Have Your Say

Council is seeking your feedback on the draft Updated Strategy before 5pm 20 July 2016.

Contact Council's Landscape Architect via

Submissions close 20 July 2016.