Brimbank,
17
October
2018
|
04:16
Australia/Melbourne

New path opens the way – on bike or on foot

Summary

Whether you’re on your bike or on foot, it’s now even easier and safer to get around Sunshine thanks to the new Harvester Road Shared User Path – officially opened as part of today’s Ride to Work Day celebrations.

The path links Albion and Sunshine stations – filling in another missing gap in the off-road trail between Sydenham and Sunshine.

It includes new pedestrian lights across Harvester Road at Devonshire Road and a raised pedestrian crossing at the Hampshire Road roundabout, linking the path to Sunshine’s CBD.

The project also included extensive landscaping along Harvester Road and re-opening a pedestrian/rider underpass beneath Hampshire Road.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice and the Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP officially opened the 600 metre pathway as part of Ride to Work Day Celebrations and Brimbank Community Safety Month.

Ride to Work Day

“Ride to Work Day encourages people to cycle to work and school – so that more people can realise the benefits to health, finances and the environment,” Cr Giudice said.

“Across Melbourne, more than half of all trips are less than 5km – there is huge potential for all of us to be active by taking these shorter trips by bike, walking or public transport.

“Brimbank Council is improving access to town centres to encourage more people to feel confident cycling and walking instead of driving.

“We know that many cyclists are concerned about riding in traffic, so investments such as this can make a real difference to people who want to be more active,” Cr Giudice said.

Joint Project Funding

The $1.86 million project was jointly funded by Brimbank Council ($1.21 million) and the Transport Accident Commission and VicRoads ($650,000), through the Victorian Government's $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund. The Towards Zero Safer Roads Program is a partnership between the TAC and VicRoads, which is transforming some of Victoria’s most high risk roads into some of the safest through vital safety upgrades.

The Harvester Road Shared User Path links with the Sunshine Trail at Sunshine Train Station – which continues off-road to West Footscray.

“This October, Brimbank also celebrates Community Safety Month, and I am delighted that we are able to open this path which will improve safety for cyclists seeking an off-road path to Sunshine and beyond.

“By also making it easier for people to walk to and around our town centres we’re helping to create vibrant spaces where people feel safe and enjoy shopping,” Cr Giudice said.

As an additional safety improvement, speed limits along Harvester Road have been reduced from 60km/h down to 50km/h, with current 40km/h zones to remain in place.