Wodonga Council tallying bike riders cycling on paths that have benefited from solar lighting announced in last year's federal election

You count: A cyclist rides south through Wodonga's Phil Locke Adams Park near Melbourne Road. Recording straps are on the path behind him. Picture: MARK JESSER
You count: A cyclist rides south through Wodonga's Phil Locke Adams Park near Melbourne Road. Recording straps are on the path behind him. Picture: MARK JESSER

THE effect of 90 bicycle path solar lights, announced by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop last year, is being assessed by Wodonga Council.

Ten counter straps have been put in place across pathways along the House Creek network.

They are designed to tally how many cyclists are using the paths following the installation of the lighting in June.

A similar count was done at this time last year and the data will be compared.

The counters were installed last Wednesday and will be removed after Tuesday this week.

Illuminating: One of the 90 solar-powered lights installed as part of a federal government project to help Wodonga cyclists and pedestrians.

Illuminating: One of the 90 solar-powered lights installed as part of a federal government project to help Wodonga cyclists and pedestrians.

Ms Bishop announced $192,000 to fund the 90 lights between Willow Park and Belvoir Park when she visited Wodonga with Liberal candidate Sophie Mirabella during last year’s federal election campaign

It came from the federal government’s Safer Street program, an initiative designed to increase security in communities.

Flashback: Julie Bishop with Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie and Wodonga school leaders during her visit to the Border in June last year.

Flashback: Julie Bishop with Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie and Wodonga school leaders during her visit to the Border in June last year.

"It is money taken from criminal activities and reinvested into prevention of further crime," Ms Bishop said at the time of the announcement in June last year.