Helping Albury put best foot forward

Alex Jeffries rides one of the quad bikes being used to check footpaths. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

Alex Jeffries rides one of the quad bikes being used to check footpaths. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

MODIFIED quad bikes with flashing lights will be zipping around Albury streets for the next two weeks to carry out the latest assessment of the 210-kilometre footpath network.

Contractors Infrastructure Management Group will conduct the assessment, which was last done in 2010, using video imaging equipment fitted to the bikes.

Albury Council is encouraging residents and pedestrians to be aware of the bikes as part of the job, which will finish on July 4.

The council’s assets team leader Steven Millett said the quad bikes were operated by certified pavement inspectors who would be travelling at a brisk walking pace with hazard lighting and other warning devices.

They will also assess Albury’s bike lanes and shared access ways.

“We can use the information to feed into our maintenance programs,” Mr Millett said.

“It will be a better use of council resources and will target the right areas.

“They have been very successful in the past.”

Infrastructure Management Group has done similar surveys for regional councils such as Wangaratta, Taree and Bowral plus Adelaide’s central business district.

“It is a convenient way of doing it,” Mr Millett said.

“The surveys can be done very fast. Manual surveys would take council staff a long time but this survey will be completed in two weeks.”

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