The GE draft Bicycle Strategy has recently been released for community comment.
The strategy is a comprehensive plan that was developed over the past six months and involved two public consultation meetings.
The last GE strategy was formulated in 2000 and much as changed in the past ten years. Where previously cycling was seen as primarily a recreation open space related activity, increasingly across Melbourne it is now viewed as an important mode of sustainable transport that is vital to relieving traffic congestion and contibuting to a more liveable city.
This is indeed true in Glen Eira. Our relatively flat terrain and gridlike network of roadways lends itself to good bikeways. This is not just about cyclists its about creating a safe and efficient transport network for all - pedestrians and car drivers included.
The strategy is costed at $2.1 million over upto ten years. A significant proportion of this -upto approx 40% can be externally funded .
Presently $100k is allocated in our draft budget for 2010/11. I would like to see this increased to allow for a bold and serious start in implementing this strategy.
Details at - submissions close Friday 2nd July