Feed­back wanted

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil is ask­ing for feed­back from the com­mu­nity on its Path­ways to the Fu­ture project, which aims to set out a strat­egy for longterm im­proved in­fra­struc­ture for pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and scoot­ers.

The sug­gested changes in­clude mak­ing the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict a 40 km/h zone, re­pair­ing foot­paths, re­mark­ing cy­cling lanes, im­prov­ing sig­nage and cre­at­ing bike lanes on Bridge St West, which could also be re­duced from two lanes each-way to one.

Much of the city’s foot­path net­work is more than 30 years old and no longer meets com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions.

Be­nalla hav­ing a higher than av­er­age pop­u­la­tion of older res­i­dents means it is im­por­tant for our pedes­trian walk­ways to be safe and in­line with na­tional reg­u­la­tions.

The im­por­tance of Path­ways to the Fu­ture is re­in­forced by the state gov­ern­ment’s North East Cy­cling Op­ti­mi­sa­tion project which is part of a re­cently an­nounced $103 mil- lion re­gional tourism struc­ture fund.

As the state’s north-east con­tin­ues to grow as a pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for trail­cy­cle tourism, it is im­por­tant vis­i­tors are able to ride safely in and around Be­nalla be­fore or af­ter set­ting off on lo­cal cy­cling routes.

Premier Daniel An­drews said the plan was de­signed to boost tourism, grow job op­por­tu­ni­ties and sup­port the re­gional econ­omy.

‘‘This ex­cit­ing project will help make Vic­to­ria’s north- in­fra- east one of the world’s top des­ti­na­tion for trail cy­cling,’’ he said.

With Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil also plan­ning to bring the clos­ing stage of the RACV Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride to the city later in the year, it is im­por­tant that ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans is in place.

The Path­ways to the Fu­ture re­port can be viewed at www.be­nalla.vic.gov/have-your­say/foot­paths-to-the-fu­ture Any feed­back can be sub­mit­ted to coun­cil@be­nalla.vic.gov be­fore Au­gust 21.

Im­proved in­fra­struc­ture: New bike lanes are be­ing con­sid­ered for Bridge St, Be­nalla.

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