“Bendigo, population about 100,000, is leading the state with a new strategy that encourages residents to swap the car one day a week, in favour of cycling, scootering, walking and public transport.

The Bendigo Council is backing the push with dollars, with spending on shared cycling/walking paths in the city almost doubling over the next three years to $2.3 million a year.

Bendigo Council says the program will cut road congestion and boost health and fitness.”

Mayor Peter Cox:
“You can’t just tell people to eat differently, or to take up sport, or go to a gym. We need to incorporate it in everyday life. And the One-in-Five [project] is just an ideal way of doing it,” he said.

Nice work Bendigo! More on this story here.

These sort of progressive steps are what is needed across Geelong.

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