MORE than 60 walking and cycling-focused projects are set to be undertaken by Kingston Council in the next five years, according to a new strategy.
Kingston Council has finalised its “walking and cycling plan 2023-2028”. The plan commits council to 40 new projects, and includes the completion of 28 projects already in their early stages.
The plan features works on bike parking, repair stations, signage, crossings, footpaths, shared paths, bicycle lanes, traffic signals, and street and shopping precinct upgrades.
New Kingston mayor Jenna Davey-Burns said the plan would help council address climate change. “We are in a great position to be a leader in this space and through the implementation of our plan we are creating a network of safe, direct, connected, and accessible pedestrian and cycle routes that help all of us walk and cycle as the best way to get about our city,” she said.
“I love getting out on my bike or going for a walk, feeling the wind in my hair and enjoying our beautiful city and I know so many others across Kingston who feel the same way. It’s much better for our physical and mental health and our environment. Whether it’s kids getting to and from school, getting to work, or a quick trip to the shops, choosing to ride or walk is one of the most effective ways to incorporate regular exercise into our daily routines and reduce our carbon footprint.
“With the rising cost of living coupled with climate change, cycling and walking are cheaper and healthier options; importantly, more accessible footpaths aid those in mobility devices or with little ones in prams. People powered transport also helps to promote a greater sense of social connection, independence, health, safety, and well-being. The benefits are endless, and we can’t wait to put our plan into action.”
To read the plan visit kingston.vic.gov.au/council/projects-and-works/projects/walking-and-cycling-plan-projects