Horsham Rural City Council is seeking community feedback on the draft Horsham Bicycle and Shared Paths Strategy, which aims to improve the safety, connectivity and accessibility of the city’s cycling and walking network.
The draft strategy, which was developed in consultation with key stakeholders and user groups, identifies existing and potential routes for bike and shared paths, as well as priority projects and actions to enhance the network over the next 10 years.
Mayor Robyn Gulline said the strategy was an important document that would guide Council’s planning and investment in active transport infrastructure.
“We want to encourage more people to cycle and walk in Horsham, whether it’s for recreation, health, social or environmental reasons, or to access services, facilities and destinations,” Cr Gulline said.
“Bike and shared paths are a great way to promote physical activity, reduce traffic congestion and emissions, and improve the liveability and attractiveness of our city.”
Cr Gulline said Council was keen to hear from the community about their views and experiences of using the existing bike and shared paths, as well as their suggestions and priorities for future improvements.
“We want to know what you like and don’t like about the current network, where you would like to see new or upgraded paths, and what barriers or challenges you face when cycling or walking in Horsham,” she said.
“We also want to hear from people who don’t cycle or walk regularly, and what would motivate them to do so more often.”
Cr Gulline said the feedback from the community would help Council finalise the strategy and ensure it reflects the needs and aspirations of the residents and visitors.
The draft strategy and an online survey are available on Council’s website until Friday, 23 February 2024.
Hard copies of the draft strategy and the survey are also available at Council’s offices, Horsham Library and Horsham Aquatic Centre.
Council will also host two drop-in sessions where people can view the draft strategy, ask questions and provide feedback. The sessions will be held on:
- Wednesday, 14 February 2024, from 4pm to 6pm at May Park
- Saturday, 17 February 2024, from 10am to 12pm at Sawyer Park