Public Confidence in the City of Melbourne Traffic Engineering is at an all time low.
Councillor Oake who chairs the Transport portfolio has placed the needs and interests of cyclist ahead of the needs of the City as a whole.
Melbourne City Council’s latest proposal in its war against cars is to reduce the inner city speed limit to 30Km per hour but refuses to apply a 10KM speed limit on cyclists.
A proposal put forward by the City Council bicycle forum chaired by Greens; Councillor Cathy Oake has proposed further measure to cause congestion within the City of Melbourne.Councillor.
Whilst the City Council claim they have consulted widely the fact is most of the consultation was meeting with select interest groups with the Council officers meetings with Cyclists and the Cyclist lobby groups in coffee shop style meetings.
Council refused to publish Public Submissions unless $25 FOI application fee paid
The City Council has refused to make public copies of submissions relied on in the formation of the City Council’s transport strategy plan. Only executive summary is available. Requests to make copies of all submissions freely available were rejected by the Lord Mayor with Council staff stating that in order to obtain copies of submissions members of the public would have to make an FOI application.
Public review of Bicycle Lanes rejected
In August this year the City Council rjected a proposal put forward by Crs Foster and Watts to undertake a review of the City Councils’ bicycle network including the La Trobe Street Copenhargen style Bicycle lane the City Council claiming that the La Trobe Street lane was a success and that they needed to push ahead and continue implementing the City’s transport strategy. The City Council voted agsainst the motion for a review, gagging public debate.
Motorcyclist complain on Safety issues.
In June this year the City Council was forced to defer the adoption of the City Council’s Pedestrian, Cyclist and Motorcyclist Road Safety Plan when Motorcyclist complained that that they were not consulated
The City Council engineers met with representqaives of the Motorcyclist community who are vulnerable road users and in doing so gavce a number of undertaking to consider fuirther the needs of motorcyclist in the City Council’s transport plan. The Council undrtook to develope a Motorcycle Strategy plan and include motorcyclists needs in the formation and review of future planning reviews.
The Council has yet to deliver on its promises.
Last month’s Council meeting failed to list Motorcyclist in the Council’s review of the Princes Bridge Lane trial review.
Motorcyclist want the City Council to provide and facilitate lane filtration, where motor cyclists can move to the front of the queue at intersections as is current afforded to cyclist. They also want consideration to be given to the sharing of bicycle lanes where possible. Every time the City Council installs a bicycle lane motorcycle safety is ignored and placed at risk
The City Council failed to consult with Emergency service providers such as Ambulance Victoria., or the Metropolitan Firebridge in its Transport Safety plan.
Disabled groups were also not consulted along with a host of other road users and stakeholders. The City Engineers have ignored concerns expressed by the RACV and other community groups