Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
North: Racecourse Road
Racecourse Road extends from Flemington Road westwards, linking routes from Footscray, Aberfeldie, and Ascot Vale.
Signals get the green in west
22 October 2013. More than $560,000 has been committed to new signals for bike riders in Melbourne's west, including troublesome intersections on Mount Alexander Road in Travancore and in Racecourse Road, Flemington.
The Flemington neighbourhoods will see the installation of two of the innovative electronic "watch for cyclists" signs which are activated by detectors in the bike lanes.
They will be erected on Mount Alexander Road between Maribyrnong Road and Mooltan Street in Travancore, and Racecourse Road between Holland Court and Wellington Street in Flemington.
The $560,000 funding for these two locations is thanks to the Transport Accident Commission's Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP), which Roads Minister Terry Mulder said was boosted to $1 billion over ten years by the Victorian Coalition Government as part of Victoria's Road Safety Strategy 2013-2022.
Local MP Andrew Elsbury said the new initiative was aimed at increasing awareness of cyclists for drivers turning right during peak times.
"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," he said.
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.