Bit more info here. Dont know how they are going to spent$1.1M at Parker. Must be some serious civil workshttp://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/8105-2-36-million-green-light-for-better-cycle-safety-in-melbourne-s-west.html
Cyclists in Melbourne's west are set to benefit from a $2.36 million cash injection aimed at boosting safety on three popular cycling routes, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said today.
As part of this package $1.8 million will improve safety and access to and from the popular Footscray Road shared path at three locations," Mr Mulder said.
"The Footscray Road path is a popular commuter route, heavily used by cyclists travelling between the city and Melbourne's west."
Member for Western Metropolitan region Bernie Finn said traffic signals and bike lanterns will be installed at the intersection of Whitehall Street and Parker Street in Footscray at a cost of $1.1 million, which will give cyclists priority access through the intersection.
"These improvements are designed to make this intersection safer, particularly for cyclists who historically have a difficult time cutting through traffic, due to the high volume," Mr Finn said.
Member for Northern Metropolitan region Craig Ondarchie said a further $700,000 will also be invested to signalise the slip lanes where Footscray Road intersects with Pearl River Road and Waterfront Way.
"This will help cyclists and pedestrians cross safely, particularly during the morning and afternoon peaks," Mr Ondarchie said.
Member for Western Metropolitan region Andrew Elsbury said safety would also be improved for cyclists on Mount Alexander Road between Maribyrnong Road and Mooltan Street in Travancore, and Racecourse Road between Holland Court and Wellington Street in Flemington.
"Improvements include green bike lanes and vehicle activated, electronically enhanced 'Watch for Cyclists' signs, which are a new initiative aimed at increasing awareness of cyclists for drivers turning right during peak times," Mr Elsbury said.
"These sites have a history of crashes causing injury to cyclists, with cyclists involved in 27 crashes where someone was hurt on this stretch of Mount Alexander Road in a recent five year period.
Mr Mulder said the $560,000 funding for these two locations is thanks to the Transport Accident Commission's Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP), which was boosted to $1 billion over ten years by the Victorian Coalition Government as part of Victoria's Road Safety Strategy 2013-2022.
"This investment will help ensure riders using these routes are kept safe and can feel more protected," Mr Mulder said.
"The Coalition Government wants to encourage more people to ride bicycles by improving the cycling network, and that's why we launched the Victorian Cycling Strategy late last year.
"We've also backed the strategy with an investment of more than $30 million this year, across a number of government departments, to support projects like these," Mr Mulder said.
To download a map of the bike paths visit: http://tinyurl.com/kffl79d