Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
East: Stud Road
- City of Knox
On the Principle Bicycle Network, Stud Road is a north south link running between Dandenong an Bayswater. A mixture of on road, off road path and sharing with Bus Lanes currently presents a challenge for all but the stronger rider.
Road duplication fails for bikes
20 August 2013. Recently released plans for the duplication of Stud Road in Bayswater show space for cars has taken priority over bike and pedestrian facilities.
Whenever an arterial road is duplicated, VicRoads typically installs bike facilities to a standard acceptable on a high speed and high traffic volume route.
Where the road is also rated as a Priority Bicycle R(PBN), like this section of Stud Road, there is an expectation that the facilities will be better than standard, as the aim of the PBN is to build infrastructure to attract riders on routes that are important community links.
But the current plans for Stud Road have not given bike facilities proper priority.
The plans follow the Napthine Government announcement of the duplication of the northern, residential, end of Stud Road.
This section runs from Boronia Road up to Mountain Highway.
Despite the presence of a shared path south of Boronia Road, it seems the available space in the section to be duplicated was allocated with minimal bike facilities - a one-directional path system at the intersections and a contraflow lane in the service lanes for south bound riders. There is no change intended to the speed zone in this service lane.
Under these plans, northbound riders will need to ride in the service lanes.
When Bicycle Network discussed this proposal with VicRoads the lack of symmetry and challenge of bidirectional movements were cited as the reason to not include bicycle facilites as part of the design.
It is baffling to us that the designers have decided to prioritise space for cars. The very reason this road is on the PBN is to inform road builders and managers that it is a bike priority route, and that means the bike facilities have priority over other modes in the allocation of the road reserve.