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Published Friday 27 August 2021

First-ever cycling forum held online

Despite not being able to meet in person, the nominated panel took part in the first-ever Mitchell Shire Community Cycling Consultative Forum to understand what bike enthusiasts think of the overall cycling and riding experience in the area.

Council wants to get a handle on how cycling can be boosted for both casual and seasoned riders throughout the community – whether people are riding on-road, off-ride or launching into jumps.

As Mitchell Shire continues its run as the fastest-growing municipality in Victoria, Council is looking to focus on cycling infrastructure to ensure people can stay active and healthy.

Council received more than 180 responses to a recently conducted survey – and registration to join the forum – with detailed feedback and results reported back to Councillors on Monday, 15 February.

Of the respondents, 76 per cent of people use their bikes for mainly exercise and recreational purposes while eight per cent ride their bike to work.

The forums will bring together community panel members and Council to discuss on-road cycling, off-road cycling and why people jump on their bikes.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson

“With the beautiful natural landscapes in our shire, more people want to be out and about on their bike. It was an honour to be part of the first meeting to talk with some of the most passionate people in our community around this topic,” she said.

“It is clear that our cycling and biking community is a passionate group. We received a fantastic response with 72 people interested to join the forums. And we had a tough task whittling that number down.

“We want to promote a cycling experience within our community and understand what benefits it can have for general wellbeing and our economy.”

This page was last updated on 27 August 2021.