City to look at the feasibility of low line trail within Bendigo Creek
The City of Greater Bendigo is undertaking a study to look at the feasibility of developing a 4.5 km shared, off road walking and cycling trail in the Bendigo Creek reserve between Maple Street Golden Square and Lake Weeroona and wants members of the community to have input into the study.
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the feasibility study is an opportunity for residents to contribute to the investigation of a low line trail within the creek reserve and cycle access points at key locations to allow cyclists and walkers to access to the city centre, Rosalind Park and schools.
“The study also responds to a recommendation made in the City’s 2015 Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy (ITLUS) to investigate the feasibility of continuing the Bendigo Creek Trail,” said Cr O’Rourke.
“This is the missing link of the Bendigo Creek trail and if the study finds the project is feasible and if it is constructed people would be able to travel safely off-road along this trail between Kangaroo Flat in the south and Epsom in the north.
“At present, anyone wanting to travel along this route has to use a combination of footpaths, shared paths, on road bike lanes and roads. This discourages many people from cycling in this section of Bendigo because they are not separated from cars for some sections and may worry about their personal safety.
“The study will look at a range of issues such as heritage constraints, appropriate surface treatments, possible trail alignment and linkages, risks and safety issues, design issues, potential usage levels and benefits of the trail.
“As part of the study, the City wants input from the community about how often they would use the trail, where should the key entrances and exits be located, what are the challenges of developing a trail and any other specific suggestions or ideas they may have around design or management of the trail.”
Residents can have their say on the project by completing a survey available from City offices or online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bendigocreektrail or by sending a written submission to Andrew Smith, Transportation Engineer at: City of Greater Bendigo, PO Box 733, Bendigo, Vic, 3552 or [email protected] by June 15, 2018.
Listening posts will also take place at Lake Weeroona between 3pm and 6pm on Friday June 1 and at Charing Cross between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday June 3.
The City has appointed consultants Trafficworks and communityvibe to undertake the feasibility study.