THE City of Melbourne last week said it has finalised its plan to grow the city's bicycle network through a range of initiatives including improved infrastructure and enhanced signage.
The City of Melbourne's Bicycle Plan 2016-20 aims to increase bike use to one in four vehicles entering the city in the morning and eliminating serious crashes from the network.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the council has consulted widely, invested millions in infrastructure and is now ready to implement its plan to make Melbourne a safer, more connected city for all bike riders.
"We have more than 136 kilometres of bike lanes in our city and the number of cyclists using them has almost doubled since 2008," Cr Doyle said.
"Over the past four months we have finalised the Bicycle Plan 2016-2020. One of the major changes in the plan includes new signage connecting people to the central network: this is about providing bike riders of all abilities with options when coming in and moving around the city."
The Lord Mayor said the City of Melbourne also plans to increase bike parking from 800 to 2,000 and eliminate the likelihood of serious crashes by 2020.
"The City of Melbourne is investigating a possible second major east-west connection for cyclists through the central city to complement the existing La Trobe Street route and bringing forward the investigation of separated bike lanes in St Kilda Road as an immediate priority, in conjunction with VicRoads."
The endorsed Bicycle Plan 2016-20 outlines measures to further connect the city's bicycle network including:
- Increasing bicycle parking by 2,000 in key public locations and installing bicycle maintenance stations and counters at entrances to the city;
- Creating local neighbourhood routes in Kensington, North Melbourne, Carlton and Southbank - connecting to schools, shops and community facilities; and
- Improving connections into and through the city centre including a possible second bike friendly east-west connection through the central city. This would complement La Trobe Street and improve bicycle access and transit across the southern part of the central city.
Councillor Cathy Oke, Portfolio Chair for Transport, said the plan was the culmination of extensive community consultation.
"The plan was informed by more than 7140 contributions from the community and complemented by submissions from 11 agencies including the State Government and neighbouring municipalities," Cr Oke said.
"The plan is another vital step for our city as we balance the needs and transport preferences of a truly cosmopolitan and sustainably conscious Melbourne."
More information is available from the City of Melbourne website at <http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/parking-and-transport/cycling/Pages/bicycle-plan-2012-16.aspx>.