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Port Phillip draft Budget 2013/14 available for public comment
22 May 2013. Port Phillip Council's draft Budget 2013/14 is available for public comment until 6th June 2013, see council website here.
As a ratepayer and rider in the City of Port Phillip now is the time for council to hear from you if you want more funding to improve the Port Phillip riding environment. We encourage you to make a submission to council.
Bicycle Network's own budget submission to Port Phillip Council is available here.
Bicycle Network Victoria needs your membership support to continue to campaign for improving riding conditions for all riders. Become a member and receive crash cover and support, rider information and deals and help improve riding conditions.
Port Phillip riders - drafting of council Budget 2013/14 underway
05 March 2013. As you read this Council is preparing its draft 2013/14 Budget. The time to act is now for more bike infrastructure funding!
As a ratepayer and rider now is the time for Council to hear from you if you want more funding to improve the local riding environment.
Click here to tell your Council to invest in bike infrastructure (E-mail contact for Council provided) in the 2013/14 Budget.
Bicycle Expenditure Index (BiXE) 2012
15 November 2012. The City of Port Phillip’s BiXE rating for 2012 is $10.50. This is below the Inner Zone council average for 2012, which is $16.89. This is based upon council spending of $1,034,500 and population of 98,524.
Relevant bicycle related investment for the 2012/2013 financial year includes but is not necessarily limited to expenditure upon the following projects/programs:
• Bike plan implementation
• School and community travel program:
o Promote Ride2School Day event across schools
o Deliver two community bicycle maintenance workshops
o Deliver parent engagement bike maintenance at schools
o Up skill school/community with bike education train the trainer course
o Deliver community bike education courses such as defensive riding course
o Deliver bicycle tours
o Deliver Ride to Work Day breakfast
o Support festivals to include bike valet parking services at their events
o Deliver community bike event
o Undertake Elwood bike library trial
o Undertake a car-shaped bike rack trial
Additional spending sourced from external grants and funds may apply, but that is outside the scope of BiXE reporting.
The City of Port Phillip achieved a five-year BiXE average of $7.73. This is below the Inner Zone council five-year average for 2012, which is $10.81.
See full BiXE report available here.
VoteBike - Local Council Elections 2012
27 October 2012. Local council elections are being held in Victoria on October 27 2012. Bicycle Network Victoria is once again running VoteBike that allows you to engage with potential candidates on local cycling issues. We will collect statements from candidates about their commitment to cycling in Port Phillip and publish them on the VoteBike Facebook event page for you to comment on.
Bicycle Network Victoria has identified the following key projects for the City of Port Phillip that need the support of local councilors:
- Lake Route - Cecil Street to Whiteman - Campaign for the planned second stage of Cecil Street bike route to be built.
- Alma Road/Princes St - Connecting Alma Road to the Albert Park Lake trail would provide a continuous route for commuters.
- Park St - On-road bike lanes along Park Street in Albert Park would help connect Port Phillip's extensive bike network.
- Bay Trail - Support the recommended back of curb alignment of the Bay Trail .
- Curb out parking in activity centres - Get behind vibrant shopping strips by supporting on street bike parking in Acland St/Fitzroy St - St Kilda, Bay St - Port Melbourne, Clarendon St - Sth Melb, South Melb Market, Carlisle St - Balaclava.
- Ride2School - Continue to provide safe routes to schools foster healthy transport options for kids and reduce peak morning traffic congestion by up to 20%.
To view candidate statements for Port Phillip go to our Find a Candidate page. Or to comment on candidate statements as well as voice your support for particular local cycling projects, visit our Facebook events page for Port Phillip.
VoteBike allows you to have your say and make sure your vote counts for improved cycling conditions in your local area.
Make it attractive, says Port Phillip
2 June 2011. A key element of the draft 2011-20 Port Phillip bike plan is to make riding so attractive that people will naturally take a bike rather than other travel options.
The City plans to develop a network of fast direct routes that connect to activity centres, local destinations and major commuter corridors.
It also plans to increase improve paths with increased separation between bikes, cars and pedestrians.
There is also a strong focus on public transport connections to then bike network.
The council also plans to invest in behaviour change and education to get more citizens riding, and promote and raise the profile of riding to build a riding culture in Port Phillip so it is seen as a legitimate use of the road with mutual respect between riders and drivers.
This is Port Phillip's second bike plan, following the 2005-10 document.
The first plan remains largely unfulfilled. Of the 51 initiatives only three were completed, although 26 are ongoing.
Download the new strategy and let Port Phillip know your views, and encourage them to take the new one right through to completion.
You can also fill out an on-line survey to capture your comments or provide feedback on the Bike Plan and other sustainable transport documents.
Further background reports and information can also be accessed on this webpage.
Lane extension in Port Melbourne
19 April 2011. Bike lanes are being extended in Port Melbourne's Rouse Street West in a major upgrade by Port Melbourne City.
The lanes will continue those previously installed on the other side of the Bay Street intersection in 2007/2008 along Rouse Street East.
Construction works are scheduled to start in late this month or early in May.
As well as the bike lane The construction works include a central median and planting, kerb outstands and passive irrigation system.
This change is aiming to improve cyclist safety by dedicated bicycle lane, and improve amenity in Rouse Street by new plants and green spaces.
The scheme is generally satisfactory but is marred by the excessive allocation of road space for unnecessary car parking.
BiXE 2009: City of Port Phillip
Port Phillip City Council has a BiXE 2009 of $7.12. This shows Port Phillip is below the average BiXE 2009 of $10.66 for councils in this zone. The result shows a significant improvement over the previous 2 years, where it fell below the $5.00 per capita threshold. The City of Port Phillip 3 year BiXE average is $4.44.
Port Phillip City Council has opportunities to invest these funds into cycling infrastructure such as:
• Completing the ‘Lake Route’ from the Bay Trail along Fitzroy Street, through the Albert Park area and along Cecil Street to the Tea House on Normanby Road
• Providing more on road bike lanes on Council-maintained roads (such as Alma Road/Princes Street), particularly around schools.
Work starts on Elwood foreshore path
14 July 2008. The City of Port Phillip has started work on the $2.3M Elwood foreshore upgrade, providing a new shared bike/pedestrian path along the front of the Elwood Sea Scouts, Sailing, and Angling Clubs.
The project, which also includes improved landscaping, better lighting, seating and a paved plaza entrance to the foreshore, will be finished by year's end.
Construction will cause re-direction of existing paths and disrupt car parking in the area. Initially work will be concentrated in the car park area. From September the bike path in front of the club facilities will be diverted for a period.
Jun 06 Bicycle Network Victoria is happy to see the new bike lanes on Beaconsfield Parade. This route is one of the most popoular road riding routes in Victoria; these lanes will be well used by commuters and training cyclists alike.
Aug 05 New dedicated on road bike lanes have been installed between Kerferd Rd, Albert Park and Cowderoy St, St Kilda West. This is an improvement to safety of the thousands of cyclists who use Beach Rd each week and is the first part of the City of Port Phillips plans to install dedicated bike lanes in both directions on Beach Rd.
The Boulevard, Garden City (Port Melbourne)
Jan 05 The Boulevard in Garden City now has new bike lanes. Protective shoulders separate cyclists from traffic at each kerb outstand. Whilst this is a great idea, the entrance ramps for cyclists on each each ramp are not smooth with a dip at each.
This discomfort will make some cyclists turn off the bike lane and into the car lane at each kerb extension, as they want a smooth journey without a jolt.
'Greenways' and 'Speedways'
Oct 04 The City of Port Phillip has classified on-road bike lanes as 'Speedways' and off-road bike baths as 'Greenways'.
According to the City of Port Phillip, Beaconsfield Pde will become a main Speedway with the ultimate goal being Speedways in both directions for the length of Beach Road between Elwood and Port Melbourne.
The first stage, a southbound section between Pickles St and Fraser St is currently being designed for trial later this year.'
Port Phillip also announced that there is a proposal to create a Fitzroy St Greenway linking Albert Park to the St Kilda foreshore. As part of proposals to refurbish the north side footpath area, one possibility is to reverse the current layout, putting the bike lane next to the footpath and the parking next to the road.