RACV has identified priority cycling routes across inner and middle-metropolitan Melbourne in a bid to promote safe and active options for Melburnians to move around the city. In 2017 RACV’s market research found that more people would ride if there were routes they considered safe and direct. This new research identifies priority cycling corridors that will benefit high numbers of riders that commute to work and education if they are improved and completed.
RACV’s research considered relevant data such as population, employment, school enrolments and the reported history of bicycle crashes to establish a shortlist of corridors. The corridors are based upon those already developed by the Department of Transport, in conjunction with VicRoads and Councils. Some of the priority corridors are well served with quality infrastructure, such as Canning Street and Gardiners Creek Trail, whereas others have no or low quality infrastructure.
If safe, separated and connected bicycle routes are built within the selected corridors, the factors considered by RACV and its consultant, CDM Research, mean they are highly likely to be well used because they will address the concerns of people already interested in riding but too scared to ride. They will connect people to their places of employment, schools and other major bicycle corridors.
In addition to known priority routes like St Kilda Road and Sydney Road, the following routes ranked highly in this new analysis;
- Chapel Street
- Flemington Road – Mount Alexander Road
Watch the above video to see the top ten routes. There are seventeen priority routes that our analysis has identified, shown in the picture to the right. Additionally, in the west, the West Gate Tunnel project is constructing a high quality separated route along Footscray Road, and completing missing sections of the Federation Trail.
The next step is for the State Government to work with Councils to identify the exact routes within the prioritised corridors, and to provide financial assistance for their construction within this term of Government.