What stops you riding to work?

Despite Orange’s flat or gently-sloping streets only 5% of adults walk to work and only 2 per cent ride a bike, according to research conducted to compile the Active Travel Plan (ATP).

The study looked at how to fix the barriers that would encourage more people to walk or cycle more often. If solutions were found, the end result would be extra capacity in Orange’s transport networks in inner city areas.

In a survey of Orange residents, the 3 most cited reasons for not walking more often were :

  • No marked or dedicated footpaths
  • Footpaths in poor condition
  • Lack of pedestrian crossings on busy streets

Other reasons include the required distance being too far to walk, or weather conditions.

The top 2 reasons given in the survey for not riding a bike in Orange were :

  • The attitude of drivers
  • Paths and streets weren’t safe or comfortable to ride on
The next most common reasons were the lack of showers or change facilities at work and the lack of places to store or lock a bicycle securely.

STABLING : Secure bike racks nearby to public buildings in Orange, such as the Orange City Library, are being installed to encourage residents to ride bicycles more often.

Orange City Council has placed the Active Travel Plan exhibition for comment for one month. The plan was drafted by transport consultants after a round of community consultation late last year.

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