Upgrade works on four intersections along the popular Bendigo Linear Trail are now complete, improving safety and convenience for pedestrians and cyclists in the area thanks to more than $200,000 from the Brumby Labor Government.
Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas was at the Brumby Labor Government's Bendigo Region Community Cabinet today where he announced the completion of the upgrade works.
Mr Pallas said the improvements were a great boost for people who use the Bendigo Linear Trail, which is a key part of the shared path network in the region.
“The Brumby Labor Government is building a better transport system and investing in infrastructure like the Bendigo Linear Trail because we understand how important cycling and walking are as sustainable and accessible travel options,” Mr Pallas said.
“While much of the shared path runs off-road along the Bendigo Creek, there are several instances where the path intersects with local roads resulting in delayed journeys for pedestrians and cyclists.
“So we’ve upgraded the trail where it crosses with Baxter, Arnold, Knight and Plumridge Streets, improving pedestrian priority and including new raised crossings, re-aligned path connections, signage and line marking.”
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said the upgraded crossings would not only benefit people that already walk and cycle in Bendigo, but also encouraged more people to choose these sustainable forms of transport.
“This shared path is used by a great number of pedestrians and cyclists each day, including students, people commuting to and from work and people getting out and about during the day,” Ms Allan said.
“We hope with these improvements, more people will choose to take up walking and cycling in Bendigo and surrounding areas.”
Mr Pallas said the $414,200 project was jointly funded by the Brumby Labor Government’s TravelSmart and Local Area Access Program (LAAP) grants and the City of Greater Bendigo.
“TravelSmart and LAAP grants are designed to assist local governments in implementing small-scale infrastructure projects aimed at increasing pedestrian and cyclist safety and access to reduce community reliance on car use,” he said.
“There are tremendous benefits to be gained from walking and cycling – these modes of transport are better for the environment, better for our health, better for our hip pocket and reduce traffic congestion.”
To date, the grants package has delivered more than $14.5 million to over 100 local projects across the state. For more information about TravelSmart and Local Area Access Program (LAAP) grants visit www.transport.vic.gov.au/sustainable