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Bayside draft Budget 2013/14 available for public comment
14 May 2013. Bayside 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 Bayside now is the time for council to hear from you if you want more funding to improve the Bayside riding environment. We encourage you to make a submission to council.
Bicycle Network's own budget submission to Bayside Council is available here (coming soon!).
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.
Help shape Bayside bike strategy
17 April 2013. Bike riding is booming in Bayside so the city council is developing a strategy to guide its investment in new bike facilities and support programs. Its wants your input.
Bayside has set up a discussion forum for your contribution on how it can improve facilities and get people on bikes.
The council says it's important that bike routes are safe, well connected, convenient, and attractive as well as being well designed and maintained. It is considering new/improved on-road cycle lanes, off-road shared paths, improvements at intersections and contra-flow cycle lanes along one way streets.
It wants riders to comment on: What infrastructure is needed in Bayside? New lanes? Improved lanes? New paths? Where would you like to see them? Specific locations?
The council also wants input on the location of bike parking. "Our aim is to increase the number of people cycling and we realise to do that we need to make "taking the bike" the easy option," the council says. "One way to do that is to provide bicycle parking in locations such as popular destinations and adjascent to transport such as train stations.
The forum welcomes your ideas until May 13.
Bayside 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 Bayside’s BiXE rating for 2012 is $4.77. This is below the Middle Zone council average for 2012, which is $4.89. This is based upon council spending of $467,000 and population of 97,852.
Relevant bicycle related investment for the 2012/2013 financial year includes but is not necessarily limited to expenditure upon the following projects/programs:
• Bike strategy development
• Bay trail link: Charman Road to Cromer Road
• Bay Trail Quiet Corner Bridge
• Bay Trail landscape reinstatement
• Bike trail map
• Bay Trail safety audit works
• Bike facilities improvement program
• Union Street reserve shared trail
• Active transport improvements
Additional spending sourced from external grants and funds may apply, but that is outside the scope of BiXE reporting.
The City of Bayside achieved a five-year BiXE average of $6.15. This is above the Middle Zone council five-year average for 2012, which is $5.12.
See full BiXE report available here.
See media 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 Bayside 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 Bayside that need the support of local councilors:
- New Street - this cycling route needs upgrades to line markings to improve riding conditions.
- Gardenvale Rd - Nepean Highway - one of Melbourne's best loved boulevards needs to be improved for bike riders.
- St Andrews St - a de facto bike lane exists along St Andrews Street. On-road lane markings will connect this street to the surrounding cycling network.
- Bay Street - a de facto bike lane exists along Bay Street, Brighton. On-road lane markings will connect this street to the surrounding cycling network.
- Ride2School - continue to provide safe routes to schools foster healthy transport options for kids and reduce peak morning traffic congestion by up to 20%.
- Curb out parking in activity centres - get behind vibrant shopping strips by supporting on street bike parking. In particular, Church Street, Brighton.
To view candidate statements for Bayside 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 Bayside.
VoteBike allows you to have your say and make sure your vote counts for improved cycling conditions in your local area.
Bayside to plan for bikes
30 November 2011. Bayside City Council has started the development of a new transport strategy that will overhaul its dated 2003 bike strategy and make bikes a central part of future transport in the municipality.
The public consultation process is underway and the council aims to have a background paper published by December, followed by further studies and plans leading up to the adoption of the new Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS) in April next year.
Launching the ITS program, Bayside Mayor Alex del Porto described transport as “an important part of our daily lives, enabling us to access education, employment and leisure activities and catch up with our family and friends”.
He said that one of the key challenges facing Bayside residents now and in the future is to consider how to manage future population growth and change in a way that will retain the City a liveable and sustainable place to live.
Earlier this year Council sought community feedback on transport issues through its “Bayside Our City’s Future” engagement program and during the development of the Bayside 2020 Community Plan. These programs identified that it was necessary to promote a more integrated transport system in Bayside if the community’s travel needs were to be met.
The Bayside ITS will be prepared in consultation with transport specialists, UrbanTrans.
On completion it will provide a framework for Council to make decisions, take action and advocate for improvements to the transport system over the next 10-15 years.
According to Mayor del Porto a key outcome will be better links a range of transport modes to key destinations so that the community has more choice of travel modes.
“Improved choice and reduced travel demands offer a wide range of benefits including better health, better access to transport across the City, more vibrant public places and cleaner air and lower transport emissions.”
The outcome of the ITS will be a three-tiered package of actions and initiatives at the municipal, neighbourhood and local (pedestrian) level.
Stephen Pelosi, Director of UrbanTrans, said that the Strategy will look at the existing public transport and road system to improve its efficiency, identify realistic opportunities for new infrastructure investment, identify gaps in the system, understand barriers, and explore areas within Bayside that could be prioritised for personal sustainable transport such as walking and cycling.
To participate in the development of the strategy, and to find out more about this project, visit the website.
BiXE 2009: City of Bayside
Bayside City Council has a BiXE 2009 of $7.81. This places Bayside above the Middle Councils' average BiXE 2009 of $5.95 and so is exceeding Bicycle Network Victoria’s recommended $5 per resident threshold.
The BiXE 2009 result is a 40% improvement on the result in 2008 and contributes to its 3 year BiXE average of $5.83. Bayside has historically been a good provider for cyclists, with continual work being done on the Bay Trail and Elster Canal path.
Bayside City Council has opportunities to invest these funds into cycling infrastructure such as:
• The Bay Trail Link between Cromer and Charman Roads
• Upgrade and complete the Bay Trail
• Providing more on road bike lanes on Council-maintained roads, particularly around schools
• Beach Road weekend no-parking zones.
Brighton Beach Shared Path Officially Opened October 2005
Bayside Mayor Councillor Craig Tucker, and the State Member for Higinbotham Noel Pullen, officially opened the Brighton Beach Shared Path between Bay Street, Brighton and the Middle Brighton Baths.
This is a heartening development following five years of campaigning, but more remains to be done.
Bicycle projects that we consider to be high priority include: