A strategy pushing for a more connected Launceston through diversifying transport choices is taking shape, as the council hopes to encourage more active and public transport commuting modes in future.
The Draft Launceston Transport Strategy 2020-2040 will look to connect people to their destination through diverse transport choices to create a more liveable, healthy and connected city.
Currently 91 per cent of the community drives to work, with active transport, such as walking and cycling, and public transport accounting for less than nine per cent.
The City of Launceston council wants to increase active and public transport uptakes, reduce casualties on the road and ensure a 15-minute access to centres, education and health facilities through short, medium and long-term initiatives.
The strategy hopes to improve active and public transport options through initiatives such as:
- promoting pedestrian movements and active and public transport modes, developing frameworks for schools and businesses to establish, monitor and implement travel plans, developing a central activities district parking plan to promote active and public transport, promoting and facilitating zero-emission vehicle uptake, exploring innovative transport options
- improving cycling education and working towards zero road casualties
- optimising transport networks and services, ensuring adequate infrastructure is in place, increasing park-and ride uptake
The council will decide on Thursday to release the draft strategy for a four week public consultation period.
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