Melbourne bikes

28 August 2012 — While Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s bike lanes continue to be attacked, including from the state government, Melbourne shows no such hesitation. It’s making its bike lanes wider to increase their capacity.

The Clarendon Street bike lanes, the first of a series of bike network projects that form the centrepiece of Melbourne Council’s 2012-13 Budget, are being made wider.

The Council wants to increase the number of cyclists travelling along its Clarendon Street bike lanes that form the centrepiece of Melbourne Council’s 2012-13 Budget, from 11 per cent to 15 per cent by 2016 by providing more rider friendly lanes.

The East Melbourne bike lanes will have painted separators on either side of the bike lane in each direction between Victoria Parade and Wellington Parade – increasing the width of the lanes from 2 metres to 2.7 metres.

The work will be completed by the end of September.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said cyclists would have more room to avoid both parked and moving cars.

“We are spending $5.6 million  on bicycle lanes across the city this year. While these works will extend the network, our first priority is to make it safer for cyclists,” he said.

“We have monitored the way cyclists use Clarendon Street to determine the best bike lane treatment for the street. Introducing painted separators will keep cyclists clear of car doors on their left, while keeping them safe from moving traffic on their right.”

Eco City Councillor Cathy Oke said Council wanted to encourage more city users to choose cycling over other forms of transport.

“The safer the network, the more likely hesitant cyclists are to give cycling in the city a go,” Ms Oke said.

Other projects in Council’s bike package include separated bike lanes on La Trobe Street to meet the need for an east-west cycling connection, safer lanes on Princes Bridge and new lanes on parts of Elizabeth and Exhibition streets.