Draft Walk, Cycle Greater Bendigo Strategy
Why a walking and cycling strategy?
Walking and cycling are a person’s most simple form of independent transport and popular for recreation. The Active Living Census (2014) shows walking and cycling are the top two, year-round ways residents get regular physical activity. Walking and cycling is accessible to many and contributes to local economies and the social, cultural and mental health of our communities. A new walking and cycling strategy will guide future decision making with the aim to make it easier for more people to walk and cycle more often.
- Walking is a person’s most basic form of independent mobility and includes the use of aids such as frames, wheelchairs and motorised scooters.
- Cycling includes all types of pushbikes used for everyday cycling, commuting, recreation and sport, this includes electric bicycles, tricycles, recumbent cycles and cargo bikes which are all becoming more common
How we developed the draft strategy?
To inform the draft strategy we asked you, our community what would make it easier for you to walk or cycle more often. More than 700 face to face conversations were held, 500 surveys collected, 4 school visits held and over 1800 interactions on an interactive map.
The draft Walk, Cycle Greater Bendigo Strategy is now available for community review and comment. The Strategy outlines a variety of initiatives and programs to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle more often.
What has the engagement told us?
- 74% of residents would like to walk more often
- The most significant barriers to walking were finding time, connecting networks and safety
- New footpaths, trails and accessibility improvements, crossings maps and way finding signs were the most common suggestions for improvements
- Less than 5% of female respondents feel comfortable riding a bicycle with traffic and 25% are comfortable riding in a bike lane
- A much higher proportion of female respondents are comfortable riding on shared paths (87.5%) and cycleways that are protected from vehicles (70%)
- There is a strong demand for connecting trails, places and providing protection from motor vehicles at crossings, intersections and on-roads
Female respondents are almost twice as likely (40%) to abandon a walking or cycling journey that feels uncomfortable or unsafe than male respondents (23%) .
Have your say
The draft Walk, Cycle Greater Bendigo Strategy is now available for community review and comment.
Download the draft strategy on this page or view a copy at City of Greater Bendigo offices in Bendigo or Heathcote until Friday May 17, 2019
Submissions can be made
Healthy Lifestyles Officer, Active and Healthy Lifestyles
PO Box 733, Bendigo, VIC 3552
Did you know?
- Greater Bendigo has over 700km of footpaths, 165km of trails and 12 road underpasses for walking and cycling
- Bendigo is Australia’s first accredited Bicycle Friendly Community
- Walking and Cycling are the most popular ways residents get physical activity in Greater Bendigo (Active Living Census)
- Use of the Spring Gully Trail has almost doubled since 2015
- The McIvor Road Underpass has been recently completed
- Female participation in bicycle commuting (19%) is lower than the state (21%) and national average (22%)
- The O’Keefe Rail Trail now extends from Axedale to Heathcote (49km)