The City of Kingston in Melbourne’s southeast has made a five-year commitment to increasing people-powered transport within its borders.
Bike parking and repair stations, signage, shared paths, bicycle lanes and shopping precinct upgrades will help make walking and bike riding the preferred transport choices for short, local trips.
The council has committed to delivering 40 key local projects identified by community members as a priority and will advocate for a further 14 to be delivered by external agencies including neighbouring councils, Melbourne Water, the Suburban Rail Loop Authority and the Department of Transport and Planning.
The City of Kingston is located 15km south of Melbourne’s central business district and is bordered by Bayside City Council, Glen Eira City Council, Monash City Council, Greater Dandenong Council and Frankston City Council.
Bike rider counts in the municipality show that females represent 13% of bike riders and the council says 2021 Census data shows 18.6% of residents are aged 65 or older. Kingston’s Walking and Cycling Plan 2023-2028 identifies the benefits of increased mobility and active, sustainable transport for these groups – and the wider community.
Kingston Mayor Jenna Davey-Burns says the plan aims to create a network of “safe, direct, connected and accessible pedestrian and cycle routes” that will encourage people to make healthy, sustainable transport choices.
“Whether it’s kids getting to and from school, getting to work, or a quick trip to the shops, choosing to ride or walk is one of the most effective ways to incorporate regular exercise into our daily routines and reduce our carbon footprint,” Davey-Burns says.
“With the rising cost of living coupled with climate change, cycling and walking are cheaper and healthier options; importantly, more accessible footpaths aid those using mobility devices or with little ones in prams.
“People-powered transport also helps to promote a greater sense of social connection, independence, health, safety, and well-being.”
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