Victoria’s Borough of Queenscliffe has opened consultation for the Council’s first Active Transport Strategy today, and is calling on residents and visitors to share their ideas and help shape the plan.
The Active Transport Strategy will guide Council’s investment in walking, cycling and wheeling infrastructure, with the aim of encouraging residents to choose active transport as they make their way around the Borough.
Mayor, Ross Ebbels said an Active Transport Strategy will have a range of benefits for the whole community.
“Active transport is great for our health, better for our environment, and accessible for our youngest and oldest residents.”
“Developing an Active Transport Strategy will allow us to better invest in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and make it safer and easier to get around the Borough,” he said.
The Mayor said the development of the strategy came on the back of a range of investments by Council in pedestrian safety upgrades.
In the past six months, Council has installed or supported new pedestrian crossings in the main shopping streets of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, as well as near popular beaches, parks and walking routes. Mayor Ebbels said an Active Transport Strategy would help link individual upgrades like these together, creating more continuous and accessible footpaths and cycling routes.
“Gaps in our pedestrian and cycling networks, like busy roads without crossings or footpaths that suddenly end, make it harder to get around safely and easily,” he said.
“Assessing the active transport needs of the whole Borough under a single strategy will make it easier for Council to identify and fix these gaps, creating continuous networks that are more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.”
While Council has engaged a transport specialist to manage the strategy’s development, community input will be vital to identifying where investment is needed most and understanding the barriers residents face in choosing active transport, the Mayor said.
Council is encouraging residents and visitors to share their ideas by taking part in an online survey or an interactive webinar at queenscliffe.vic.gov.au/active. Consultation closes Sunday 20 February.
“Pedestrian and cycling infrastructure are some of our most popular Council projects. Taking part in this consultation is quick, easy and will help guide Council’s investment for a long time. I’d encourage everyone in our community to share their thoughts with us,” Mayor Ebbels said.