Active Whitehorse News – October/November 2017

2017 Active Transport Survey

WATAG has launched its online survey to get a wider community view about people’s present use of Active transport to travel to activities which are part of their everyday lives. We would like to know whether people would like to use Active Transport more, and to find out what are some of the inhibiting factors.

IMG_2556To encourage participation, you have the chance to win a great 21 speed Hybrid City Bike just by telling us what you think. The closing date is 30th November.
We encourage you to fill out the survey.
Click here to access the survey now
And don’t forget to suggest to your family, friends and colleagues to enter too.


Here’s another survey you can help with.

This survey asks “what are your public transport peeves?”.
Click this link to have your say.
Locals in Blackburn might like to comment on Blackburn Station and give their views on the way it was NOT upgraded as part of the grade separation project.

WATAG believes that the result of the changes to station access has  greatly reduced ease of access for people crossing in a north-south direction as part of their Active Transport commuting. A wide underpass should have replaced the existing narrow tunnel as a minimum, and the station itself upgraded.

WCC Health Wellboing report

WATAG made a submission to the Council which made the following general points:

  • The current Bicycle Strategy doesn’t get a mention and should, especially as the Pipe Track is mentioned, and more than that, it broadly relates to getting more people more active more often.
  • Whitehorse Cyclists Inc. hasn’t been mentioned in the document and should be given their role in getting mainly older folk active and socialised.
  • There is no mention of the need for low stress easy ride routes to link to existing shared paths, schools, railway stations, community hubs etc.
  • WATAG acknowledge the value of dog walking as a way of encouraging outdoor activity and the need for managing the dangers they present when off lead on the major Shared Paths used as active transport routes by commuting bike riders e.g. Gardner’s, Bushy and Koonung Creeks.
  • WATAG supports the Council adopted Community Engagement Policy and Framework and would encourage achievement measures that demonstrate strategies and outcomes

The submission also noted the need for physical contentedness and accessibility for Active Transport, improved Council response to community concerns, and recommended adoption of achievement measures for these matters.

The submission can be read by clicking here.

VicRoads Strategic Bicycle Corridors

VicRoads are encouraging more walking and cycling as the best way to stay healthy and get around. What a GREAT ENDORSEMENT of WATAG’s Active Transport principles!

WATAG responded to the request for feedback. Following a meeting at VicRoads a submission was made with some detailed suggestions for VicRoads to consider. WATAG believes these changes will help make the proposed VicRoads route enhancements even better.

Click here to read the submission.

WATAG at Whitehorse Spring Festival 2017

WATAG Committee were very active at the Whitehorse Spring FestivalIMG_0015….which is as is should be for an Active Transport Action group!

There were bikes of many sizes and configurations for people to see. The Prize Bike for the survey was on display, a tandem bike and we were lucky enough to have Murray Scott supporting WATAG on his fabulous Penny Farthing bike.
Cr Blair Barker
It was great to welcome several Councillors to the WATAG stall. Congratulations to Cr Blair Barker for being truly Active and riding his bike to the Festival.

The challenge is out to try and make Active Transport the preferred mode of travel to the Festival for next year.

Check out this Festival link page for more photos and the audio of a WATAG interview on 94.1 FM – 3WBC

A Metre Matters


North Queensland November 2013

What’s the situation in Victoria in 2017?

Unfortunately legislation to bring Victoria in line with all other states (except NT) was defeated earlier this year by the Victorian lower house.

Click here for more information on this important safety issue for cyclists, and how you can help.

In the News

Cycling Without Age: Danish trishaw movement launches in Australia to benefit the elderly. Click here for an interesting report on the ABC.

“A bad knee or a sore back is not going to prevent Australia’s ageing population from experiencing the freedom of cycling.”

Rip up CBD roads for parks: Councillor reveals vision for Melbourne.

Herald Sun report: Melbourne City Council plans to  redesign the  Sandridge Rail Bridge  to replicate New York’s famous Highline linear park.

“Chair of Melbourne City Council’s transport portfolio, Cr. Nicolas Frances Gilley, has called for roads to be converted to “linear parks” reserved for trams, cyclists and pedestrians, and he supports making a rail link to the airport a priority.
This means more roads dedicated to trams, separated bike lanes and space for walking, Cr Frances Gilley said.

WATAG would be very supportive of local action in Whitehorse to slow traffic and convert some local streets or  street entrances to linear parks to enable all residents to enjoy their local environment without suffering car rat-race intrusions.

Whitehorse could be sitting on multimillion-dollar Box Hill block if planning report recommends it be rezoned.

Site of the former Box Hill Bowls Club on Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill.

The vacant Box Hill Bowls Club could bolster Whitehorse Council’s kitty to the tune of tens of millions of dollars if it’s sold to developers.

Click here for Whitehorse Leader article.

WATAG recommends that Council give strong consideration to retaining this area as public open space.

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Being registered as a charity with the ACNC demonstrates WATAG’s commitment to transparency and good governance.