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Applying grey matter to green matters

Victoria University (VU) has received $166,000 funding as part of nearly $2.5 million given to Councils and other community organisations in Melbourne and regional Victoria to improve local access and overcome barriers to walking, cycling and public transport.

The funding is for the provision of Bike Hubs at Victoria University and will be delivered thanks to joint funding from the Victorian Government's Local Area Access Program and Victoria University.

The Bike Hubs will be located at the Footscray Park and Footscray Nicholson campuses and will provide much needed secure bike storage as well as lockers, showers and change rooms.

Mr Jon Hickman, VU's Deputy Vice Chancellor - Capital and Management Services said: "It is expected that these facilities will make commuting by bike a much more attractive proposition for staff and students. It is hoped that the creation of facilities at both campuses will encourage intercampus bike travel."

"The benefits will be in the health and wellbeing of staff and students as well as greenhouse gas reduction and the alleviation of some of the vehicle congestion and associated emissions in Footscray."

"The Bike Hubs will also be available to members of the wider community who use the University's facilities such as the Sports and Fitness Centre, Library as well as more general engagement activities."

Announcing the funding, Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas said that the grants would enable 16 Councils and two universities to implement sustainable travel plans and deliver infrastructure projects.

He said: "This program was established to support access to walking, cycling and public transport facilities. Councils and universities funded through the program have put forward innovative and practical projects that will improve access and liveability."

"The focus of this round of grants was projects that encouraged existing car users to switch to more sustainable transport modes, and converting short car trips into walking, cycling or public transport travel."

Projects included improved walking and cycling paths, better linkages with public transport, better end of trip facilities such as bike storage and change rooms, and the development of travel plans to encourage sustainable transport modes within schools, organisations and municipalities.

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Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
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