Geraldton council calls for active travel officer to make city more bike friendly

Jamie ThannooGeraldton Guardian
A shared path for cyclists and pedestrians at Sunset Beach.
Camera IconA shared path for cyclists and pedestrians at Sunset Beach. Credit: Supplied

The City of Greater Geraldton is calling on the State Government for assistance to hire an official to organise cycling infrastructure and programs.

Council voted unanimously to apply for a grant to bring in an active travel officer, who would be responsible for planning projects and networks to encourage cycling and other forms of active transport.

A successful application would see the State Government give $112,500 to provide 50 per cent of funding for a full-time position for the next three years.

The City said the role will help improve health and decrease traffic congestion by making active transport a more attractive option for residents.

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City Mayor Shane Van Styn said the city would greatly benefit from having a dedicated official who could streamline the process for making Geraldton more bike-friendly.

“Having a full-time officer to coordinate our internal processes while providing a single point of contact for the community and advocacy groups regarding the planning and delivery of active transport infrastructure would be a fantastic outcome for our community,” he said.

Geraldton Bikes owner Leighton Thomas said he was pleased to see council commit to making the city more accessible and safer for bike riders.

“The cycling community is very broad as most people own a bike,” he said

“Some cycle for fun, fitness, transportation, socialising or competition.”

“Everyone’s needs are different, and it is great the council has recognised this by supporting an active travel officer role.”

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