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New bicycle paths to encourage safer cycling
New bicycle paths are being constructed, following the announcement of bicycle facility
By Latrobe City Council - 22nd November 2001 - Back to News
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Three new bicycle paths are being constructed in Latrobe City following the announcement of bicycle facility funding totalling $120,000.
Under the VicRoads Traffic and Road Use Management allocations for 2001/2002, three separate projects, two in Traralgon and one in Morwell are being developed. All three projects form part of principal bicycle routes in the Bicycle Strategy Plan for Latrobe City.
In Traralgon an off-road bicycle route through Freeman Park, Traralgon will now be completed. The works will link Phillip Street to Swallow Grove and will pick up Wylah Court, Willaroo Court and Rialto Court. The work involves the construction of about 350 metres of concrete bicycle path.
The second project is through an open space reserve in Morwell and will see a 350 metre bicycle path constructed from Airlie Bank Road to Spring Court.
The third project is located on the Harold Preston Park side of Davidson Street Traralgon, and will link Latrobe Crescent to the Traralgon tennis courts and existing pathways along Traralgon Creek. The project will involve the construction of a half kilometre bicycle path.
Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, said in each case the bicycle paths would further safety for cyclists, particularly children. "Access to the children’s playground in Lamprey Court will now be a lot safer with the completion of the Freeman Park bicycle path. In addition, the Davidson Street path will provide children with safer access to the Traralgon Skatepark and other sports facilities, and link Latrobe Crescent with the Agnes Brereton Reserve Victory Park," Cr Jenkins said.
"In Morwell the path linking Airlie Bank Road with Spring Court will enhance access to Kurnai College for students which will result in less need for children to cycle on busy roads such as Bridle Avenue," Cr Jenkins said.
"We are continuing to explore ways in which we can make Latrobe’s environs safer for cyclists and through these three projects we have progressed a little further along the way. Together with increasing support for bicycle safety programs aimed at the young, delivered through the Hazelwood Power Children’s Traffic School, we are enhancing safer cycling in a safer community," Cr Jenkins added.
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