Cheering cyclists and walkers welcomed the opening of a new section of the Bay Trail path now split for cyclists and pedestrians in Brighton this week.
One of 13 sites along the 17km of Bay Trail identified as high risk, the Seacombe Grove, Sandown St and Bay St section is the first to undergo improvements.
“It’s fantastic,” said Jenni Loutit walking group co-convenor with the Brighton Bayside Life Activities Club “it’s so much safer now people can enjoy it”.
“It will make a huge difference,” she added.
In opening the separated pathways Mayor Cr Alex del Porto said that with Bayside welcoming more than 290,000 cyclists each year, improving safety for all cyclists and pedestrians is a high priority for Council.
“Bayside has allocated more than $2.2 million in the 2017-18 budget for footpath and bike path improvements,” said Cr del Porto.
This follows more than $1.2 million in upgrades over the past 6 years.
“Giving people a convenient alternative to dealing with traffic congestion is very important for the health of our city.
“Our wellbeing as individuals and as a community is enhanced by getting outside, putting on a helmet and enjoying the wonderful Bayside outdoors,” said Cr del Porto.
The next section earmarked for improvement is in front of the Middle Brighton Baths.