Benalla Rural City Council is asking for feedback from the community on its Pathways to the Future project, which aims to set out a strategy for long-term improved infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and scooters.
The suggested changes include making the central business district a 40km/h zone, repairing footpaths, re-marking cycling lanes, improving signage and creating bike lanes on Bridge St West, which could also be reduced from two lanes each-way to one.
Much of the city’s footpath network is more than 30 years old and no longer meets community expectations.
Benalla having a higher than average population of older residents means it is important for our pedestrian walkways to be safe and in-line with national regulations.
The importance of Pathways to the Future is reinforced by the state government’s North East Cycling Optimisation project which is part of a recently announced $103million regional tourism infrastructure fund.
As the state’s north-east continues to grow as a preferred destination for trail-cycle tourism, it is important visitors are able to ride safely in and around Benalla before or after setting off on local cycling routes.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the plan was designed to boost tourism, grow job opportunities and support the regional economy.
‘‘This exciting project will help make Victoria’s north-east one of the world’s top destination for trail cycling,’’ he said.
With Benalla Rural City Council also planning to bring the closing stage of the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride to the city later in the year, it is important that appropriate infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians is in place.
●The Pathways to the Future report can be viewed at www.benalla.vic.gov/have-your-say/footpaths-to-the-future
Any feedback can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before August 21.