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Ride to Work Day calls for safer cycling routes

Posted on 30 September 2010 by e-news

The Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) is helping organise part of the National Ride and Walk to Work Day on Wednesday October 13th and invites you to come along and join the mass ride and free breakfast starting at 7.30am at Victory Park in Castlemaine.

“There is lots of talk about the importance of cycling and many of ideas for how to improve and increase it with the State Government’s release of the ‘Victorian Cycling Strategy’ in March last year and Mt Alexander Council’s adoption of their ‘Walking and Cycling Strategy’ earlier this year” said MASG member Andrew Butt.

“Despite these fine words and good ideas things for cyclists on the ground in Mt Alexander have not improved. Bike lanes are virtually nonexistent, paths are poor and unconnected, cyclists get little consideration at intersections and danger points, and a culture of cycling is not encouraged or promoted.”

“To highlight the real and swift action needed in the Shire we invite families and cyclists to come along to the ‘Ride to Work Day’ event starting at Victory Park Castlemaine at 7:30am. Cyclists will take a short ride en mass up Barker Street, one of the primary cycling routes in the Shire, drawing attention to its disconnected and incomplete bike lane, pot holes, dangerous intersections and poor identification. The group will return to Victory Park for free breakfast and a celebration with the people who pedal the amazing cycling culture of our Shire” added Andrew.

The National Ride and Walk to Work Day is in its fourth year and expects over 150,000 people to take part in over 150 events right across the country. This year’s event in Castlemaine is supported by the Mount Alexander Shire Council.

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