CYCLISTS riding between Wodonga and Albury at night no longer have a dark stretch after the installation of solar lighting along a previous unilluminated path.
The House Creek cycleway and footpath between Forrest Mars Avenue and the Hume Freeway underpass at Belvoir Park had previously been unlit.
Now Victorian government funding has been used to brighten that section which means riders can cycle from close to Yarralumla Drive in southern Wodonga to Albury under path lighting.
The $140,000 has also gone to illuminating paths parallel to Parkers Road in west Wodonga, running from Fellitmber Creek Road in the south to Moorefield Park Drive in the north.
Victorian government Parliamentary Secretary for Crime Prevention Frank McGuire visited a section of that route on Monday afternoon to see lights at Gordon Craig Park.
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He pointed to the nearby TAFE, La Trobe and school campuses to underline the value of the investment.
"You're likely to have less vandalism occur and you know yourself, if it's all well lit up you feel okay walking through," Mr McGuire said.
"I think it's particularly important for women to have that sense of safety that you want to access any opportunity, any facility you want..that's why this area was picked out."
There have been 50 solar-powered poles erected and Cr Poulton said the city would increase them.
"(It's) a wonderful little street light that is self sufficient, does its own thing," he said.
"They are placed around about 70 metres apart down pathways and fairly well-trafficked pathways through Wodonga and the expansion plan is there to continue doing that, as we have done over previous years.
"It's really good for surrounding households....(we've had) feedback from them saying they're not intrusive to the community.
"These ones dimmer, they become a little brighter as you get closer to them and then conserve their energy again for the next pedestrian."
Cr Poulton saw no end point for their adoption.
"As the community grows obviously these things will be considerations in new parklands and new developments and...the money saved from not having to power these things...it makes sense," he said.
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