On your bike, says council

By MARY MANN

IN A bid to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by residents of the Ballina Shire, the local council is looking at ways to encourage people to jump on a bike and pedal to work instead of driving a car.

Ballina Shire Council is conducting a Community Transport Survey to get information about current community travel habits, as well as the suitability and adequacy of current services and infrastructure.

Skye McNamara, council's project officer for Climate Action, said the aim was to identify barriers to alternative transport use such as walking, cycling, using public transport and car pooling.

The findings would help council to prepare and implement strategies to increase transport choice and reduce dependency of cars in the shire, she said.

"Participating in this survey enables the people of Ballina Shire to have a say about the current transport options they have around the shire," Ms McNamara said.

"The findings from this survey will help council direct campaigns for community education and awareness concerning alternative transport options in the Ballina Shire.

"It will identify what incentives would encourage the community to take up more sustainable forms of transport, such as bicycle parking, bike lanes on roads, or a local car pooling network."

This project addresses actions contained in the council's Cities for Climate Protection Program (CCP) Local Action Plan.

The plan focuses on implementing actions that promote walking, the use of public transport, alternative fuel options, vehicle substitution, car pooling and the use of bicycles.

The survey can be completed online at www.ballina.nsw.gov.au

Completing the survey puts you in the draw to win a mountain bike. Surveys need to be completed by 5pm on July 31 to be eligible for the prize.



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