City embraces sustainable transport

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The City of Greater Bendigo is going green and has purchased its first plug-in hybrid car to help further reduce greenhouse emissions from its vehicle fleet.

The City already has six electric bikes and has recently installed two new public charge points for electric vehicles in the Bendigo CBD.

The charge points are located in the Hargreaves Street multi-storey car park and the Edwards Street multi-storey car park. There are currently nine public charge points around Bendigo.

The City now has 14 hybrid vehicles in its vehicle fleet.

The City’s bike fleet is also steadily becoming more popular, with the number and length of bookings increasing significantly from 2013 to 2017. The average length of trips is now 3km-4km and more than 6,600 kilometres have been travelled since 2013.

Director Strategy and Growth Bernie O’Sullivan said the City wanted to support and encourage the use of hybrid vehicles, as well as bikes.

“More and more people are using plug-in and hybrid vehicles, and seeking more sustainable modes of transport,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Placing these outlets around our high use car parks makes sense and we hope it will support plug-in hybrid vehicle users in our community.

“Transitioning the City’s fleet to hybrid or fully electric vehicles, as well as using bikes for short trips will help to meet our greenhouse gas emission reduction targets as well.

“We need to do everything possible to meet our emissions target and lead the uptake of a range of sustainable transport methods.”

Publicly registered charge points are listed on the PlugShare site

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