At the completion of stage two, delivery times will be restricted to 9.30am-12 noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm to 7am and delivery vehicles limited to the blocks without trams stops.
Taxis will be removed from the street in 2012 and the council is also considering moving horse-drawn carriages to the east side of St Kilda Road in front of Alexandra Gardens.
‘‘At the end of that 2012 period you will see the renaissance of one of the great streets in world Swanston Street,’’ Cr Doyle said.
‘‘There will be no vehicle progression down Swanston street, except from emergency vehicles,’’ he said.
The council will be asking the State Government to help fund the redevelopment.
Harry Barber, chief executive of Bicycle Victoria welcomed the new Swanston Street plan.
‘‘I think we’ve got there. There a two-metre wide designated bike space next to the tram, bikes are written into the plan and they are going to remove the motor vehicles, delivery vehicles, the taxis so all of that will make it an even better place to ride your bike,’’ he said.
Marx wrote:Better to slope the footpath from the shopfronts down to 'road level' over a few metres from the edges & just paint lines. You can put trees in there too but not alot of blind obstructions like round posterbroads or freestanding booths etc.
Marx wrote:Looks dangerous.
Cyclist/pedestrain incidents will rise.
Putting in extra ledges & changes in surface will do that.
human909 wrote:I also foresee bikes constantly having to giveway and stop for pedestrians to avoid such collisions.
human909 wrote:I also forese bike braking distance being SIGNIFICANTLY lengthened in the wet because they plan to pave with smooth bluestone and granite.
Pete wrote:human909 wrote:I also forese bike braking distance being SIGNIFICANTLY lengthened in the wet because they plan to pave with smooth bluestone and granite.
This is something for further advocacy lobbying. Good non-slip surfacing is essential, for cyclists and pedestrians. But it's not a reason to condemn the plan.
Cathy Oke on her FaceBook page wrote:But if you find any flaws / have any questions please send them to me firstname.lastname@example.org
aardvark wrote:It's patently obvious that the bike path won't be paved with saw-cut bluestone
23.3. Option C – ‘Orleans’
23.3.1. Victorian road rules apply where cyclists and other approved vehicles have right of
way but must stop for tram passengers. Restricted service and delivery vehicle
access is possible.
23.3.2. The existing tram tracks are lowered and the pavement is extended to the platform
edge. The pavement between the existing kerb and the platform edge is
constructed in different paving materials to denote its ‘road’ status. This design
allows tram passengers to access trams along the full length of the footpath.
23.3.3. This option provides the greatest opportunity to improve the Civic feel of the street
as it allows for a graceful extension of high quality white granite and bluestone
footpaths out to the tram lines with new street furniture and shelters set back out of
the Shrine Vista in an alignment with the street trees. Florals and new lighting will
further add to the Civic qualities of this and other options.
24. Following consultation with key Stakeholders the Interagency Steering Committee is of the view
that Option C best meets the many competing requirements outlined in this report and recommends
to Council that this be adopted for all tram platforms in Swanston Street with the block between
Little Lonsdale Street and LaTrobe Street being implemented as stage one so that the profile can be
tested, observed and modified prior to the remaining three blocks being constructed. Refer to
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