NEW BIKE POD STATION OPEN AT MONASH UNIVERSITY

NEW BIKE POD STATION OPEN AT MONASH UNIVERSITY

Posted on 12. Oct, 2010 in Clayton Update

A new bike facility with showers, lockers and a repair station at Monash University’s Clayton campus that will improve life for cyclists on their daily commute, was launched today by Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas.

Mr Pallas said Monash University’s new Bike Arrival Station was worth more than $1 million, and would encourage more staff and students to cycle to the Clayton campus.

“The Brumby Labor Government understands how important it is to provide sustainable and accessible travel options for all Victorians,” Mr Pallas said.

“About 47 per cent of the Clayton campus community use a car to get to university, so changing attitudes within this group about sustainable transport options is critical to reducing car dependence.

“The new bike pod caters for 100 cyclists and includes swipe card access, CCTV surveillance, parking spaces, over 100 lockers, 10 showers, two toilets and change areas, a drinking fountain and DIY bicycle repair station.

“It has been designed with a number of sustainable features, including energy efficient light fittings, water efficient shower heads, taps and toilet cisterns, and hydronic heating.”

The Bike Arrival Station is dedicated to much-loved university transport officer James Gormley, who had instigated this project before he was tragically lost in the Black Saturday fires.

Mr Pallas said the bike station was delivered with more than $430,000 for Monash University from the Brumby Labor Government’s TravelSmart and Local Area Access programs. 

“The grants were designed to assist local governments and organisations to implement projects that encourage the community to think twice before using their car,” he said.

“The funds enable local groups to deliver transport improvements that benefit our community and our environment.”

Member for Clayton Hong Lim said the bike station was a great addition to the university and would be well used by students and staff.

“There are tremendous benefits to be gained from cycling – this mode of transport is better for the environment, better for our health, better for our hip pocket and helps to reduce traffic congestion,” Mr Lim said.

The TravelSmart and Local Area Access grants packages have already delivered more than $15.8 million to 105 local projects across the state.

For more information about the grants visit www.transport.vic.gov.au/sustainable

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