RACV believes alternative modes of transport need to be a priority for the Victorian Government. Gains need to be made in this space to reduce congestion and ensure safe conditions for bicycle riders and those sharing space with them.
Victoria needs a pipeline of carefully considered infrastructure projects that have been designed, costed and that the community has had a say on, so that when funding becomes available, it can be spent on these priorities rather than being slowed down by the current bureaucratic processes. A proactive, coordinated and long-term approach building a better bicycle network will achieve far greater progress than the current ad-hoc, short term focus.
RACV has a strong history of advocating for safer infrastructure that enables and encourages more bicycle riding, and this state election we are calling for;
Protected bike lanes on St Kilda Road
Utilised by over 3000 cyclists per day, this is one of Melbourne's most important corridors for bike riders. But it is also one of the city's most dangerous places to ride. The existing on-road bike lanes are located between traffic lanes and parked cars, creating serious safety issues for riders. There is very little priority for people cycling in terms of dedicated space, separation from traffic, or head-start phasing at signalised intersections.
Converting the central traffic lanes that are adjacent to the tram tracks to bike only lanes would greatly improve safety, while making the prospect of bike riding more attractive to a larger segment of the community.
We are calling on the State Government and the cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip to commit to this concept, fund its development and ensure it is implemented.
Improvements to Sydney Road
A redesign of Sydney Road is well overdue. The busy stretch of road is overrun with trams stuck in traffic, unsafe conditions for bike riding, no level access tram stops and narrow footpaths. There are significant issues with ‘doorings’ for bicycle riders. This corridor will get even busier in the coming years as more property developments are completed.
With the nearby Upfield Bike Path already congested, a logical solution for Sydney Road would see some on street car parking replaced with wider footpaths and accessible tram stops, with dedicated space on the road for bike riders.
You can read more about RACV’s vision for Sydney Road here.
Beach Road is an important corridor for traffic, buses, truck access and bicycle riders –both commuter and recreational users. In its current form, the road can’t safely and effectively support the variety of uses.
RACV supports an enhanced off-road shared bicycle path between Mentone and Mordialloc. However, narrowing Beach Road to build the path will reduce the space available on-road for bicycle riders, cars and buses; at the same time that the State Government is trying to educate drivers to give riders more room when passing. Instead, indented parking is needed on both sides of Beach Road to create more on-road space for fitness riders and passing motor vehicles, as well as continuing the off-road shared path south from Mentone to Mordialloc for recreational and casual riders.
An off-road path linking Sunshine to Watergardens
The bicycle network in the western suburbs needs investment.
There is scope to build an off-road bicycle path along the Sunbury rail corridor, linking Sunshine and Watergardens.
By completing this missing link in the network, it will form part of a longer regional route connecting Watergardens to Sunshine, then Footscray and central Melbourne. It will be similar to the long regional routes already in place in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
To learn more about each of the proposed improvements, use the interactive map below. To see our bicycle infrastructure priorities in regional Victoria, return to the main election priorities map here.