Bendigo’s on the move!

By October 31, 2018Bendigo, Outside the Square

This October, cyclists and walkers took the lead on addressing innovations in transport with the Bike Palooza program and the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference. Now there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved at an upcoming community event, Thursday 15th November.

Future Movers 2 | Streets for People is a conversation about travelling for work, study, shopping and play. The event will explore how the community can better utilise roads to make everyday travelling safer, and more enjoyable for everyone.

One example being showcased at the event is Bendigo’s very first ‘intersection repair’ mural recently coordinated by Bike Bendigo.

“Painting a mural across a road intersection changes how we relate to the space, says Bike Bendigo president, Nicola Dunnicliff-Wells. “The mural says a community is present; a community that cares. The space becomes so much more than just an intersection: it’s also a gathering place.

“Through joining together to create the mural, residents become more engaged with the places they live. The activity addresses local issues in a positive creative way – in this case, the issue of traffic speed. The process includes disseminating information about safer approaches.”

Last year at the first Future Movers event, over 100 people from diverse backgrounds got together to express their ideas on how we develop transport, improve roads and increase safety moving forward.

“At Future Movers 2 we are building on this to showcase local solutions, enlist support and formalise a united approach” says program organiser Karen Corr.

Speakers will include:

Nicola Dunnicliff-Wells, President Bike Bendigo; Trevor Budge, City of Greater Bendigo; Damien Power, Power’s Country Express; Leah Holden, Marketing Student, La Trobe University; Jamie Whitmore, Whitmore’s Bus Lines.

Topics covered will include:

Thinking beyond roads for vehicles; changing how we travel to reduce road traffic; engaging communities to reduce road speeds and drive safely; understanding the needs of different road users; and developing a united approach to creating safer, more enjoyable everyday travel for all.

These topics are relevant to everyone. We will be addressing the challenges of travel, for everyday purposes such as for work, study, shopping and recreation. In this, participation is everything – from drivers, of buses, cars, trucks and trams, to bike, motorbike, scooters and walkers, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!

Light refreshments will be provided, so register now for catering purposes at: https://www.makeachange.org.au/event/streets-for-people/

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Thursday 15th November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

The Engine Room, 58 View Street, Bendigo

 

For media inquiries contact Karen Corr: 0419 006 243 or karenc@makeachange.org.au

Interviews, quotes, high resolution and additional images are available on request.

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