November 9, 2017

NEW CYCLING AND PEDESTRIAN NETWORK TO GET BALLARAT MOVING

The Andrews Labor Government will build new and upgraded cycling and walking paths across Ballarat to create safer roads, boost tourism, and promote health and wellbeing.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard and Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight today announced $9.3 million to connect the missing links in the Ballarat’s cycling and walking networks.

The plans, to be developed by VicRoads and the City of Ballarat, would see more than 12 kilometres of cycling and walking paths through the CBD, Sturt St and a dedicated route along the Wendouree rail corridor.

The project would add cycling and pedestrian paths and crossing points to the garden areas along Sturt Street, allowing people to make better use of the city’s green spaces.

It would also provide a direct connection along the Sturt Street corridor, linking the CBD with Lake Wendouree and Victoria Park.

VicRoads and the City of Ballarat are rolling out a month-long public consultation program to share proposed plans, understand people’s ideas and collect feedback on how to improve safety and connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians.

A public drop-in session will be held at the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute on Wednesday, November 15 from 3-7pm.

A pop up shop at 315 Sturt St (in the Myer block) will also be open between Wednesday, November 15 to Wednesday, November 22 (closed Sunday) between 10am-2pm.

People can also visit the online consultation hub from Monday at engage.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Following extensive community consultation, final designs are expected to be released in early 2018.

Cyclists are 34 times more likely than people in cars to be seriously injured on the road and 4.5 times more likely to die in a crash.

As part of the Towards Zero 2016-2020 Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan, the Labor Government is investing $100 million to create safer roads for cyclists and pedestrians.

Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

We’re building safer walking tracks and bike paths which will encourage cyclists and pedestirans to get out and about to explore our beautiful city.”

Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“We’re asking everyone to have their say on these plans – cyclists, walkers, drivers, business owners and community groups – so that we make sure we get the best bike network for the whole community.”