ANOTHER link in Leeton's shared pathways chain will soon provide another safe area for cycling and walking.
Already Leeton has an extensive network of shared footpaths for walkers, bike riders and everything in between, with construction now starting to extend those links ups on Racecourse Road.
Work is underway in this area between Acacia Road and Back Yanco Road, providing a further extension of the shared pathway network.
When work is taking place, traffic controllers will be on site for all motorists and vehicles using this area.
Any required detours will be signposted in the area and local traffic access for residents will be available at all times.
Roads and Maritime Services and council provide funding annually on a 50/50 basis for shared pathway projects. All other footpaths are funded solely by council.
The work is part of council's Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) and is expected to be completed in the coming months.
Council has several policies relating to the footpath and shared cycleway network with an aim of:
Increasing inclusive mobility
- Council provide access on foot for as many places as possible, particularly to public buildings and health services.
- Ensure that as far as practical the construction and maintenance of paths provide acceptable cross fall, grades and other design standards to suit disability requirements.
Well designed and managed spaces and places for people
- Ensure vegetation on road verges is managed so as not to inhibit the safe and accessible use of these areas by pedestrians.
Increased safety for pedestrians
- Ensure pedestrian safety is prioritised in high pedestrian areas and in areas of vulnerable road users (for example schools, aged care, CBD).
- Review lighting along paths and trial new technologies to improve delineation.