Moreland council in Melbourne's north this week unanimously voted for a number of bike-friendly projects to support the transport network through COVID-19, including pop-up bike lanes in Brunswick and Pascoe Vale.
At the start of the week we wrote about Moreland's pop-up proposal and encouraged the bike riding community to share your thoughts with Moreland Councillors, and it seems they listened.
The council voted unanimously and without amendments for a full $2.4 million suite of walking and cycling projects, with $1.83m of this to be funded by the council and the remainder to be applied for under state/federal grants.
The full list of approved bike riding projects includes:
- Pop up bike lanes on Dawson Street Brunswick between the Upfield path and the West Brunswick Shimmy (linking to Brunswick Secondary College)
- Pop up bike lanes on Albion Street Brunswick between the Upfield path and Sydney Road connecting Upfield users detouring around LXRP works to the Albion Street shared path
- Pop up bike lanes on Kent Road and Northumberland Road Pascoe Vale plus an upgrade of the path in KW Joyce Reserve which will link to the Rhodes Parade shared path (under construction), forming part of the Coburg to Glenroy Bicycle Link
- Pop up shared zones on Albert Street and Victoria Street Brunswick East calming traffic, making it easier to get to Fleming Park on foot or bike, and improving the East Brunswick Shimmy
- Trials on removal of car parking to create more space for separated cycling infrastructure
As well as other developing plans as part of a 10 year commitment to bike riding infrastructure.
The well thought out placing of the bike lanes will benefit riders of all ages including school students, commuters, shoppers and families on weekend trips.
Local state MP Tim Read welcomed the council's decision, saying "it’s great to see Moreland council taking important first steps and acknowledging how beneficial safe bike infrastructure is for our community. This is just the beginning."
Pop-up bike lanes are a key part of Bicycle Network's pedaling to a better normal plan.
Pedalling to a better normal
Bicycle Network’s $904 million bike riding stimulus package would use pedal power to safeguard our health, create jobs and improve the spending power of Australians as we work our way out of the COVID-19 crisis.
Bicycle Network’s Pedalling to a better normal is a six month plan to safeguard our health, create jobs and improve the spending power of Australians as we work our way out of the COVID-19 crisis.
The $904 million bike riding stimulus package calls on all three levels of government to unite to build pop-up bike lanes and incentivise cycling.DOWNLOAD plan
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