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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY BLITZ IN BENDIGO

The Victorian Government is investing $1.07 million to improve safety of pedestrians across the Bendigo CBD through a range of safety upgrades as part of the $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund.

A range of upgrades will significantly boost safety for pedestrians in the area including raised pedestrian crossings, additional zebra crossings and modifying roundabouts to make it easier for people to cross the road.

Entry to the roundabout at Hopetoun Street, Mundy Street and Lyttleton Terrace will be altered to slow down vehicles travelling through the bustling pedestrian area.

Raised pedestrian platforms will be installed on Hargreaves Street at Mundy Street and Edward Street roundabouts to improve the visibility of pedestrians and ensure they can cross safely.

The range of treatments will improve the level of safety and amenity in this busy, growing area.

The speed limit will be set at 40km/h at the area bordered by the Bendigo Railway Line, Myrtle Street, High Street, View Street, Chapel Street and around Gaol Road and Park Road.

Between 2011 and 2015, 28 crashes occurred in this area which resulted in 16 people treated for serious injuries.

These vital safety improvement works are part of the $1.1 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, a joint plan between VicRoads and the TAC to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020.

Works are due to begin later this year.

Quotes attributable to Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West

“These upgrades will go a long way to boost safety for pedestrians travelling in the busy Bendigo CBD.”

“Active transport is vital to making Bendigo a more liveable city – so we’re making this easier for all pedestrians and cyclists.”

Quote attributable to City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke

“The City of Greater Bendigo welcomes this funding to help improve safety for people to move around our CBD by foot.”

“Significant planning has gone into improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in the CBD – and this funding will make this a reality.”

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