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Walking and Cycling Strategy

The Rural City of Wangaratta is preparing a Walking and Cycling Strategy with the aim to increase the number of people walking and cycling in the Rural City of Wangaratta.

Two cyclists on swing bridge in Wangaratta

The strategy will identify the following:

  • Ways to make walking and cycling easier and more accessible and more enjoyable for more people. 
  • Priority improvements to the quality, safety and continuous nature of facilities to better connect people to where they want to go. 
  • What can be done to create a culture of cycling and walking in Wangaratta planning and management functions. 
  • How to encourage more people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to ride and walk for longer and more often.

Latest News

The first formal stage of community consultation for the Walking and Cycling Strategy is now complete. Thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts. For those who completed the survey, the winners of a sports voucher and bike shop voucher have now been drawn.

The consultation conducted showed some key prominent themes in regards to walking and cycling issues in the Rural City of Wangaratta. As a result, you can expect to see the following elements strongly discussed in the Strategy:

  • Planning for ongoing maintenance of existing assets, such as footpaths and trails.
  • Future works prioritised to close connectivity gaps.
  • Projects which address safety concerns around walking and cycling.
  • Amenity enhancement, including shading, lighting, signage, drinking water and seats.
  • Long term goals which identify bigger projects requiring large amounts of funding and partnerships with various stakeholders.

The formation of a draft Strategy is now underway and you can expect to see this around the middle of 2019. Watch this space! We would love to gain your feedback on the draft when this becomes available for viewing.

Why is Council doing this?

There are considerable benefits of walking and cycling. These include the personal benefits of physical exercise and the mental health benefits of being outdoors. Walking and cycling are very affordable ways to travel and stay fit, to socialise and reduce stress and see the outdoors.

More people walking and cycling in the Rural City of Wangaratta will mean better health outcomes for the community, less traffic congestion and demand for parking, quieter, cleaner and a greener environment. More visitors walking and cycling in Wangaratta will also mean more economic benefits for the municipality.

The strategy will guide Council's planning and management priorities over the next 10 years, determine how Wangaratta could be more pedestrian and bicycle friendly as well as guide funding decisions, including projects that should seek external funding.

Ways to get involved

The survey, written submissions and comments on the map are now closed. You can still view our mapping comments here.

If you engaged with our mapping program and would like to know where your comment is up to, check back on the program and see if you have received a response from admin. Please note, if there is no response on your comment, chances are this is a long-term or new works suggestion which will be incorporated in to the strategy for prioritisation of future works.

Please stay involved and provide input via our Facebook page, or get in contact with the project team through the details below:  

Contact: Monique Hillenaar | Projects & Recreation Officer | 5722 0824 | Monique.hillenaar@wangaratta.vic.gov.au

Stay tuned for the release of the draft strategy.

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