Trucks will be banned from driving on Beach Road between Port Melbourne and Mordialloc all day, everyday from the end of this month, making riding on the famous strip more comfortable.
The ban will come into place on Monday 25 February and will mostly stop trucks using Beach Road to avoid the Nepean Highway.
Trucks making local deliveries, loading or unloading goods, or with no other route will be exempt from the ban, as will buses, caravans, cranes and concrete pumps.
There have been various truck bans trialled during peak periods along Beach Road over the past years, and after successful community and truck industry consultation, people can now ride more easily regardless of the time of day or week.
Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said that taking trucks off Beach Road was a good first move by the re-elected Labor government and new Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford.
"Booting trucks off Beach Road is a win for bike riders and helps make the bayside area one the best places to ride. Beach Road will be calmer for road riders while the ever-improving Bay Trail is a beautiful off-road option," said Mr Richards.
"With Beach Road ticked off we now look forward to the next item on the Road Minister's agenda, protected bike lanes on St Kilda Road."
Speaking on Channel 7 news, Member for Albert Park Martin Foley said that the change will improve access to the beach and that it is here to stay.
"This is a permanent arrangement. Better safety, better access to these great beaches and a better outcome for our community," said Mr Foley.
Cyclists are celebrating tonight with the announcement trucks will now be banned from using Beach Road on Melbourne's bayside. The restrictions come after a three year campaign by local residents. @GeorgiaComensol #7News pic.twitter.com/RGsSG7SQHm
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) February 10, 2019
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