Council sets out to improve cycling

25 September 2013

Community feedback is sought on a strategy to promote cycling as a sustainable transport option in Bayside and develop a culture of cycling within the city.

Mayor Stephen Hartney said the strategy will guide the planning, management, provision and promotion of bicycle facilities and services for the next six years.

“The draft strategy proposes a program of prioritised projects and programs to improve the network and facilities for cyclists in Bayside.

“Some of the proposals include priority for cyclists at roundabouts, better demarcation of on-road bike lanes, increased use of markings to indicate shared use and using scheduled road upgrades to explore opportunities for improving road conditions for cyclists.

“Further investment in new off road paths and upgrading existing shared paths will provide improvements for those that prefer to avoid cycling on the road. Directional signage will make it easier for people to use bikes to get around,” he said.

The strategy also outlines marketing and promotions opportunities to encourage cycling and improvements that Council can advocate to various state government agencies.

“Council has an important role in improving pedestrian and cycle networks. Our aim is to provide a well connected, safe, accessible and convenient transport network that appreciates and promotes the use of bicycles.

“Cycling has the potential to help everybody lead healthier and independent lives. It plays an essential role in ensuring that people in Bayside are well connected and enjoy a high quality of life”, the Mayor concluded. 

Bayside’s draft Bicycle Strategy will be available for community feedback until 25 October 2013. To view and respond to Bayside’s draft Bicycle Strategy, visit Council’s website www.bayside.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay


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