Great response to community consultation for walking and cycling strategy
The City of Greater Bendigo has had a great response to the community engagement for the new Walking and Cycling Strategy with over 700 face to face interactions with residents, over 511 surveys completed and more than 20 submissions received.
During the eight week community engagement period, the City held 26 events across the municipality including listening posts, trail intercepts and school visits.
In addition over 800 spots were added to an online crowdspot map which recorded walking and cycling issues and ideas. More than 530 comments and 550 supports were also registered.
Active and Healthy Lifestyles Strategy and Policy Coordinator Matthew Kerlin said the City would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to provide their feedback during the consultation period.
“We’ve had a great response which is really exciting and shows how passionate our residents are about walking and cycling in Greater Bendigo,” Mr Kerlin said.
“The feedback provided will help us to better understand the issues, challenges, needs, aspirations and priorities of residents for walking and cycling across the municipality. All the feedback we have received will now be used to inform the development of the new Walking and Cycling Strategy which will guide future decision making with the aim to make it easier for people to walk and cycle more often.”
Through the crowdspot map 268 walking and 330 cycling issues were identified. Crossings and footpaths were identified as the most common issues for walkers while bicycle network connections, intersections and riding with traffic were the most common issues for cyclists.
- 38 per cent of respondents walk more than once per week for transport or recreation and an additional 30 per cent do so daily
- 74 per cent of respondents would like to walk more often
- 90 per cent of respondents are comfortable riding on a shared path and 74 per cent would be comfortable on a separated/protected bike lane
- 40 per cent of respondents are comfortable riding in a marked bike lane, while only 8 per cent are comfortable riding with traffic
The results are now being reviewed in detail and a community reference group will be established to review issues and opportunities and to guide the development of the draft strategy. When completed, the community will have further opportunity to comment on the draft strategy.