Melb_riderAn interesting media release from Luke Donnellans office this week - is the new Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund the return of the long lost Victorian Bicycle Budget in another form? Please note there's no community consultation session for Yarra - so we all better go to the Melbourne one!

Providing A Better Plan For Cycling In Victoria (Tuesday 20 October 2015) Minister for Roads and Road Safety

The Andrews Labor Government is updating Victoria’s cycling strategy so that it best provides for the future, and wants to hear from cyclists and road users.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today opened the Bike Futures Conference and announced the beginning of community consultation from October to December this year.

The Government is making an unprecedented investment – through the $100 million for the Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund – in infrastructure that keeps cyclists and pedestrians safe on our roads.

The cycling strategy will help to guide the establishment of Active Transport Victoria which will be responsible for delivering the strategy’s objectives.

It will also incorporate the Government’s commitment to improving safety and increasing participation, and will guide future cycling investment.

Cyclists and other road users will be able to provide feedback by completing an online survey at

economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/cycling-strategy,

Make a formal submission by email at cycling.strategy@ecodev.vic.gov.au or participating in community consultation sessions at key metropolitan and regional locations.

Feedback from the consultation will be incorporated into a draft updated strategy, which will be made available for comment before being finalised for release in mid-2016.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

“We’re working to support cycling, as part of how people will travel around our state now and in the future.”

“Our strategy will reflect the Government’s commitment to improving safety and increasing participation in cycling.”

“We want cyclists and road users to jump online or come to a workshop, to help us provide a strong plan for the future of cycling in Victoria.”

Community Consultation Sessions - Venue details

Monday, 16 November 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill 3128

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 6.00pm to 8.00pm Traralgon Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning,71 Hotham St, Traralgon 3844

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Laverton Community Hub, 95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton 3028

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, 33-37 Ford Street, Wangaratta 3677

Monday, 30 November 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Casey Council Chamber, 340-350 Princes Highway, Narre Warren 3805

Thursday, 3 December 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Plenty Ranges Art and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang 3752

Monday, 7 December 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Hall, 90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000

Tuesday, 8 December 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pm The Capital, 50 View Street, Bendigo 3550

Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pm The Provincial Ballarat, 121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat 3350

Thursday, 10 December 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pm Geelong Conference Centre, Adams Court, Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong 3219

Nb: Image from: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-26/bicycle-messengers-reflect-on-golden-age/6350802