This comes as a new VicHealth survey reveals three in four (76%) Victorians want local and state governments to adapt infrastructure so more people can walk or ride.
One thousand Victorians were polled about their attitudes and behaviours towards travel before, during and after coronavirus restrictions. One in three (35%) Victorians planned to travel more by foot or bike than they did pre-coronavirus when restrictions ease, but safety was a barrier for many.
VicHealth Executive Manager of Programs Kirstan Corben said it was encouraging to see councils create environments that promote walking and riding for both transport and recreation.
“Since the coronavirus pandemic began, it’s been fantastic to see Victorian councils like the City of Moreland, City of Yarra, City of Melbourne and City of Greater Bendigo make changes so it’s easier for residents and commuters to walk, ride or scoot around their communities for enjoyment during lockdown and travel when restrictions allow,”Ms Corben said.
“Some councils converted carparks and local streets into bike lanes, while others are installing more zebra crossings for pedestrians or reducing speed limits. We’re calling on other councils to follow suit.”