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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2009
Ballarat's first TravelSmart
Council is partnering with the University of Ballarat in a three year project
to encourage users of Geelong Road to reduce dependency on motor
vehicles and use more sustainable transport modes such as buses,
carpooling, cycling and walking.
The $750,000 three year project started in 2008 and is funded by the
Department of Infrastructure.
The objectives of the project are to:
• reduce traffic congestion;
• improve pedestrian and cyclist safety;
• reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
• reduce the impact of carparking on amenities; and
• promote health and wellbeing through greater participation in walking
The organisations participating in the program are the University of
Ballarat, City of Ballarat, Ballarat Community Health Centre, Mt Clear
College, Mt Clear Primary School, Emmaus College and Damascus
Council has prioritised its maintenance program for cycle paths and
safety improvements to bike path surrounds and signage, to ensure its
programs are benefitting this project.
Council is also providing a network of signs and safe crossings along the
Canadian Creek bicycle path.
Other initiatives that are being delivered through the project are:
• green travel plans for the University and participating schools;
• bike storage at the University of Ballarat's Mt Helen Campus;
• an online carpooling system for the University of Ballarat and employees
at the Technology Park;
• construction of bike parking facilities for the University of Ballarat's
Mt Helen campus, Technology Park, Mt Clear College and Damascus
• support for walk and ride to school programs; and
• promotion of sustainable transport within the area.
IMPROVING ROAD SAFETY AT MT CLEAR
New traffic signals have recently been installed on Geelong Road at
Mt Clear. This joint initiative is designed to make the busy arterial road
safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Council, Emmaus Catholic
Primary School, Damascus College, the Department of Transport and
VicRoads have all been involved in the project.
The Department of Transport provided a Local Area Access Program grant
to enable Council to provide a safer link between the shared
pedestrian/bicycle path on the west side of Geelong Road to the
Canadian River Trail on the east side. Council also contributed funding to
improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the two off-road
The two schools have also helped fund the project and both say
pedestrian safety has significantly been improved now that traffic using
Geelong Road is regulated.
VicRoads is responsible for the arterial road and has provided advice
about how best to improve safety in the area. The organisation has also
committed to maintaining the traffic lights over the next decade.
Public street lighting and compliant pedestrian/bicycle ramps have
been installed as part of the project and combine with the signals to
improve road safety in the exceptionally busy primary and secondary
Below: VicRoads Western Region Manager Program Development David
O'Sullivan, Damascus College Bursar Pauls Jans, Construction Project Manager
Paul Butler, Emmaus Catholic Primary School Principal Brendan Maher and
Council's Team Leader Traffic Management Jim Leonard with Emmaus Catholic
Primary School students
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