Cracks have began to appear in the City of Melbourne’s St Kilda Rd Bike Lane separation proposal.
The proposed development has not been subject to a public review by the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee and the needs and concerns of community groups ignored with the City Engineers failing to take into consideration the impact on disabled stakeholders needs.
The design of the St Kilda Rd bike lane is similar to that recently installed in Latrobe Street which has been met with wide condemnation, Recent comments in public radio by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle indicate the LaTrobe Street bike path was not working and that Council is now forced into considering withdrawing on-street car parking in the area. A move that has angered retailers and owners alike.
The Copenhagen style bike lane separation structures constitute a serious risk to public safety and motorist parking with disabled and elderly passengers effected the most. The proposed development does not comply with public policy in relation to disabled access. The Office of Disability in the Department of Human Services had not been consulted.
Calls have been made for the Lord Mayor and City Councillors to put an urgent halt to the proposed development in St Kilda Rd to allow for a public review of the City’s Engineering Bike plan amidst concerns that there are better alternative design options.
The proposed development which is budgeted to cost $330,000 is scheudled to commence on August the 5th
Efforts to contact Richard Foster (Spokesperson for the Council’s People City Portfolio), Cr Ken Ong and Stephen Mayne (Planning) to try and put a hold on the proposed development so as to allow for review and stakeholder consultation was unsuccessful.