Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
Number 96 Tram project
- 96 tram, nicholson st, blyth st, tram, 96, st kilda
Will the Number 96 Tram project deliver for bikes? Have your say.
Number 96 to open door for bikes?
8 August 2013. A major planned upgrade of the No 96 tram route from East Brunswick to St Kilda has opened up numerous opportunities for improvements to bikes routes that parallel and intersect the iconic tram corridor.
And also some risks where ill thought out tram improvements could have a negative impact on bike riders.
Many of the great melbourne bike routes are also tram routes, and when one or the other twin is upgraded, it is a great opportunity to upgrade facilities for the other.
The plans are open for public consultation so now is your opportunity to help us let the transport authorities know how beneficial a synchronous upgrading will be.
If you ride alongside or across the Number 96 tramline, please look at Public Transport Victoria upgrade plans and our suggestions for a better outcome for bikes and trams.
The 96 tram route runs from Blyth Street in Moreland down Nicholson Street to the CBD then past the World Trade Centre and Jeff’s Shed and down the old rail line to St Kilda Station. There the route rejoins the road system and terminates in Acland Street St Kilda.
The planned upgrades include measures such as separation, priority and changes to platforms which aim to pull the trams out of the motor vehicle congestion so that the tram trip takes the same time whether the roads are busy or not. We support that aim as part of a more efficient transport system.
The proposed works offer a number of important opportunities and threats to the bicycle network.
The Bicycle Network submission addresses many issues, including:
- Supported the removal of motor vehicles from Acland Street St Kilda.
- Proposed a bike route on the south side of Jeff’s Shed that keeps the bike route away from tram passengers and pedestrians.
- New signals aligned with the Northbank path at the World Trade Centre
Improved signals where bike routes cross the tram line; at Gertrude Street and the Capital City Trail for example.
- Proposed bike lanes on the northern end of Nicholson Street.
The submission is here.
The PTV plans and online submission form can be found here.
The deadline for comment is 31 August 2013.