Caitlin enjoys getting out and about on our shared paths with Jordan, Jax and Luca.

The City of Whittlesea is keen to hear from residents who walk, ride or run on paths across the municipality.

A draft walking and cycling plan has been developed to help increase the levels of walking and cycling participation in the City of Whittlesea.

Administrator Chris Eddy said encouraging residents to walk or cycle to places locally, rather than drive, would bring with it a range of health, economic, environmental and social benefits.

“Our research indicates that the majority of walking and cycling currently undertaken is for recreational and fitness purposes,” Mr Eddy said.

“However, with more than 80 per cent of residential properties in the municipality within 500 metres of public transport, there is a greater opportunity to support the increase of active travel options such as walking and cycling for our community when travelling to and from school and work or to shops and activity centres.”

The draft plan sets out four directions and a list of actions to increase walking and cycling participation in the community. Improving connectivity, safety and support are some of the actions identified.

People can have their say at engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au.