RACV’s cycling superhighways added to transport priority list

Moving Well | Sue Hewitt | Posted on 26 February 2020

Infrastructure Australia adds RACV's cycling superhighways to transport priority list.

RACV has welcomed the decision by Infrastructure Australia (IA), the nation's independent infrastructure adviser, to prioritise a network of cycling superhighways across Melbourne.

The proposed network of 17 dedicated cycling corridors, designed to connect Melburnians to major activity centres including the CBD, was among a suite of transport projects submitted by RACV for inclusion in IA’s 2020 priority list. 

The proposed superhighway network forms a key plank in RACV’s ongoing lobbying of the state government and local councils to build safer infrastructure for cyclists. 

RACV has identified 17 key cycling routes that should be prioritised for infrastructure upgrades including Chapel Street and St Kilda Road – the two highest-priority corridors – as well as Napier Street/St Georges Road in the north. 

The RACV submission was one of only two new projects in Victoria endorsed in IA’s Infrastructure Priority List, released today. The list is provided to state and federal governments to help guide infrastructure expenditure across the nation.

RACV’s senior planner of mobility futures, Stuart Outhred, says the IA announcement demonstrates the importance of this project for Melbourne’s transport landscape

“We’re thrilled the nation’s independent infrastructure adviser, IA, endorsed RACV’s cycling superhighway network in its Infrastructure Priority List for 2020,” Stuart says.

“We are now calling on all levels of government to work together to heed the call from IA and build cycling infrastructure that will get Melbourne moving again.”

Investing in these corridors will deliver immense benefits for commuters wanting safer, cheaper and healthier ways of getting around, as well as the added benefits of reducing congestion on roads and pressure on public transport.

RACV submitted five key Victorian transport priorities for consideration in IA’s Infrastructure Priority List which focused on preparing the state for the population boom and its associated pressures on the transport network. They included the Metro 2 rail project, safety upgrades on regional roads, as well as road and rail projects in outer Melbourne.

Stuart says RACV has been advocating for safer bicycle infrastructure for several years, as commuters require greater choice in how they get around the city.  

“These priority corridors deserve more than just paint – we want to see high-quality, separate infrastructure that makes everyone feel safe and comfortable when riding,” he says.

“Investing in these corridors will deliver immense benefits for commuters wanting safer, cheaper and healthier ways of getting around, as well as the added benefits of reducing congestion on roads and pressure on public transport.”  

Two cyclists riding on bike lane with cars

IA chief executive Romilly Madew says the 37 proposed projects added to its 2020 priority list reflects the urgency and diversity of Australia’s future infrastructure needs.

“Resilience was a key theme of our 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit and this focus continues to be reflected in our latest edition of the Infrastructure Priority List,” she says.  

“Compounding issues of unprecedented infrastructure demand, severe drought and other environmental changes require a focus on our resilience strategies and a consensus on where to invest now for our nation’s future prosperity.”

The Infrastructure Priority List is developed using data from the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit and submissions from state and territory governments, industry and the community. This included more than 200 submissions in the past year.

The top 10 priority routes are:

  1. Chapel Street
  2. St Kilda Road
  3. Napier Street and St Georges Road in the north
  4. Canning Street, Carlton
  5. Flemington and Mount Alexander Roads
  6. A city loop including Park Street in the inner north
  7. Royal Parade and Sydney Road
  8. Gardiners Creek in the inner east
  9. New Street, Brighton
  10. St Kilda via Cecil Street

For more about RACV’s cycling reseach and advocacy visit racv.com.au.

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