Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
North: Heidelberg Rd
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A major route already popular with transport riders, Heidelberg Rd can be improved to get more people riding
Clifton Hill upgrade
11 August 2011. The State Government has announced a $370,000 project to improve the bike lanes in Heidelberg Road between Queens Parade and The Esplanade in Clifton Hill.
Parliamentary Secretary for Roads Edward O’Donohue, speaking for the Minister for Roads Terry Mulder, said today the Coalition Government was focused on making cycling safer on our roads.
“The Coalition Government and VicRoads have been working closely with Yarra City Council and Bicycle Network to investigate improvements to bicycle facilities along Heidelberg Road through Clifton Hill,”
“Along this section of Heidelberg Road there have been seven crashes involving cyclists in the past five years, including two resulting in serious injuries and these improvements aim to reduce these sorts of incidents.”
Mr O’Donohue said VicRoads would soon begin work on this important cycling corridor to:
- extend the coloured bicycle lane
- improve signage, and
- paint arrows on the pavement to make it clearer for drivers which lane they need to be in.
“We recognise the importance of cycling for transport, sport and recreation and we are committed to continuing to improve Victoria’s bicycle path network.
“We’re investing around $14.5 million in improvement works as part of VicRoads’ 2011/12 bicycle program and a further $12 million will be allocated for specific commitments over the term of government.
“We are listening to the community's concerns and taking action to improve safety for cyclists,” Mr O’Donohue said.
Please write to Minister Mulder to say thank you for delivering these important improvements to this popular route.
Heidelberg Rd is a bike Priority
March 2010 Heidelberg Rd has been identified as a Priority Route on the Principle Bicycle Network. The VicRoads SmartRoads network has not allocated any other mode to recieve priority along this route, so the opportunity is there.
Darebin and Yarra Councils appointed SKM to study and formulate a prioritised program (Part 1, Part 2) for a separated route along Heidelberg Rd.
The route could be divided up into appropriate sections as there are varying challenges along the length of the road.
Already serving an important commuting route, a greater degree of separation along Heidelberg Rd would deliver a far higher number of people choosing to ride to work or other destinations in the inner area.
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