Call for review of Melbourne’ Bicycle Network
Community activist and Lord Mayor Candidate Anthony van der Craats (The Light on the Hill Team) has called for a review of the La Trobe Street ‘closed lane’ bicycle path and the banning of bicycles along the Yarra Promenade..
‘La Trobe Street and the Bicycle Network planning and its rollout has been a complete disaster with the City Council spending 10’s of millions of dollars engineering congestion.’
Council has to restore two lanes of traffic along La Trobe Street to get traffic flowing again. To do this it either has to remove the existing bike path or remove the adjacent car parking along La Trobe Street.
Engineering Services in Melbourne has declined significantly over the last eight years. The Council is no longer managing traffic instead it is Engineering congestion
Mr van der Craats said that the Copenhagen closed bike lanes have not improved safety and that disabled, elderly and family computers Safety has been placed at risk as a result.
There are better alternatives that cost much less and are better for all users. Swanston Street is a good example. The Northern end of Swanston Street has a painted line delineation that allows bicycles to travel outside the ‘car dooring zone’, it works, whilst the Southern end between Queensberry Street and Victoria Street is a commuters nightmare.
Similar problems exist with the St Kilda bike lane opposite the Art Galley.
Disabled computers visiting the Art Galley or Gardens can not park safely and as a result are being discriminated against. For the cost of the 330 metre St Kilda Road strip the Council could have installed a safer more user friendly ‘line delineated’ bike path all the way along St Kilda Road to the Junction.
Mr van der Craats has also called for bicycles to be banned from the Yarra Promenade as they are a risk to pedestrian and public safety. It is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs and the Council will be held responsible.
Six months ago the Yarra North Bank walkway was not designated a shared bike path. Now, without consultation, signs have mysteriously appeared and speeding cyclist have turned it into a cyclist speedway.
Council must review and rethink its policy. Other road users needs and consideration must be taken into account.
The Council failed to consult other users most notably Disability advocates, the RACV and motorcycle users all who have been severely impacted on by a poorly design bicycle network. The Council only consulted bicycle users and held meetings in coffee shops. Alternative designs and solutions had not been properly considered.