UNDER the Greens, $50 million will be invested to build priority bike routes in Victoria as part of the party's transport plan.
Ballarat Greens candidate Stephanie Hodgins-May made the announcement in Alfredton yesterday.
"The Greens will extend our highly successful program from the stimulus package to fund bike paths by providing an additional $240 million over three years from 1 July 2014," Greens candidate Stephanie Hodgins-May said.
Three new paths have been identified in the region, with two in Ballarat and one in daylesford.
"The Greens will invest $50 million in Victoria to build the priority bike routes identified by Bicycle Network Victoria, which includes two critical Ballarat cycle paths.
"The areas identified should reduce congestion on roads, and help children bike to school."
She said this project was much more valuable to the Ballarat region than an East-West link in Melbourne that people from regional Victoria won't use.
Ms Hodgins-May said the project will be funded by redirecting uncontracted funds within the National Building Fund.
"Making it safe and enjoyable for everyone to ride their bikes is not only good for reducing traffic and parking problems, it's good for our health and the environment."
The three paths include a path from Ballarat Station and the CBD to the University, as well as from Alfredton to the Victoria Park Rail Trail.
"An improved CBD to University link gives people an alternative to the congested Geelong Road and includes a number of school connections.
"The old rail trail in Alfredton links the southern end of Victoria Park at Winter Street and new suburbs with Ballarat High School, Wendouree Station and the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail, another popular cycling destination."