Hills Shire Council updates its Bike Plan: Urban Area Strategic Review and encourages residents to “have their say”.
The draft plan provides a strategic framework that addresses current cycling facilities, as well as opportunities to stimulate the growth of cycling in the County, particularly in newer areas such as Box Hill and North Kellyville.
The Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi, said he wanted to make sure The Hills remains a place where people can get around easily and safely and that there are different modes of travel available for people. residents and visitors.
“Our county is growing, and so is cycling,” Mayor Gangemi said.
“We have seen more and more people adopt this mode of transport, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to encourage this. It’s also an inexpensive mode of transportation, it’s a great form of exercise and good for our environment.
“This plan examines our current footpath and cycleway networks, as well as opportunities to capitalize on these facilities and create more of these networks in our new suburbs.
“I commend Council on this document and encourage our residents and cycling groups to provide feedback,” he added.
The plan also aims to improve current cycling routes over time, particularly in urbanized parts of the County.
“Most of our residents who live in these neighborhoods are located approximately three kilometers from shopping, schools, recreation facilities, public transport and other local services. This means that if the right facilities are in place, residents could reach these centers within 10 to 15 minutes by bicycle,” said Mayor Gangemi.
“That’s why we’re looking at our networks and really looking at those missing links and ways to improve our connectivity,” he added.
It also aims to fill trail gaps and fundraising opportunities to create more trails and shared cycling networks.
To have your say, visit the Council’s website (www.thehills.nsw.gov.au) and click on the ‘Have your say’ tab.