Chris_71 wrote:Having to negotiate two lanes of truck traffic.. To a precarious middle section.. And then make my way over the road down the hill, left turn then right into and across the Whitehall St truck traffic.. Is one of the most crap things I have to do as a commuter. To have bike lanes that funnel western suburban cyclists that way.. Of all skill and experience levels - just shiteful...
Chris_71 wrote:Kacjp - do you mean Shepherd's Bridge (the bridge crossing the river at Footscray Rd)? If so - it's a known hazard and it has been raised with Vicroads and the Council by various parties.
I heard noises a while ago about wideining/improving, but in the current climate it's unlikely to happen. Every significant infrastructure spend in the west (Fed Trail extension, Regional Rail link bike path) has been canned/seriously delayed.
To make matters worse - I've seen a truck go off Footscray Rd and straight over the path, onto the embankment beyond.. Would not be good if that happened while cyclists were on the bridge.
baudman wrote:I'd much prefer for $ to be spent on Shepherd's bridge, than on Parker St.
Sette Budini wrote:I'm at a genuine loss as to why the Parker St Whitehall intersection is such a drama.
Sette Budini wrote:I regularly do it in both directions. There are good sight lines in both directions, and a more than adequate central area to allow it to always be negotiated in two steps.
Sette Budini wrote: I am one of those parents who ride across this intersection with children on board. Heading west, the uphill direction, on the cargobike fully laden with children requires a decent gap n traffic as I'm slow off the mark. Still, no problem for the patient cyclist.
Chris_71 wrote:Recent Vicroads announcements - no funding for Shepherd's Bridge, just for the unnecessary traffic lights at the bottom of the rail bridge..
...The two worst locations for crashes are the intersections of Parker and Whitehall streets in Footscray, and Hyde Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville. Both locations are busy truck routes...
Chris_71 wrote:Yep - terribly dishonest media release. What about a commitment to 'fixing the problems'?
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