Sydney Road bike path crucial for rider safety
The Victorian Greens candidate for Brunswick, Tim Read, is calling on the Andrews Government to build separated bike lanes on both sides of Sydney Road within the next 12 months, replacing on street parking.
Under the plan, a temporary lane from Glenlyon Road to Brunswick Road would be installed as soon as possible, before being extended to Albion Street after a brief trial of the first section. It could then be gradually extended northward.
Temporary lanes can be built using removable bollards, and replaced with permanent lanes incorporating the accessible tram super stops already planned for Sydney Road.
The proposal also requires the installation of signs to direct drivers to ample and under used parking behind Sydney Road, such as Black St, Barkly Square and Edward St. There are over 900 parks within 200m of Sydney Road.
During the trial period, the take up by cyclists and impact on tram and car travel times would be monitored, as well as the impact on local businesses with support for those affected by loss of on-street parking. (In the form of advertising, improvements to footpaths, rear access from off street parking or street furniture).
Victorian Greens candidate for Brunswick, Dr Tim Read.
“As a Brunswick local and someone who rides the area regularly I know how dangerous Sydney road can be for people on bikes.
‘We are calling on the Andrews government to listen to the experts: traffic congestion, dangerous collisions and carbon pollution will only get worse unless we invest in safer cycling paths, starting with Sydney Road.
“The inner north of Melbourne is already the most bike-dense region in Victoria. People are moving into newly-built apartments around Sydney Road every day and many will want to ride to work.
“More developments and level crossing removals planned for the Upfield corridor will further disrupt the shared path at several more points, making dedicated bike lanes on Sydney Road even more crucial.”
The need for separated bike lanes on Sydney Road has been triggered by a new apartment development in Brunswick. Developers of the Neo-Metro site next to Jewell Station have closed the Upfield bike bath for up to two years, diverting cyclists through back streets where they share narrow streets with construction vehicles coming and going from the site.
Almost 1200 use the congested Upfield shared path to get to work each morning, and before the diversion another 550 took Sydney Road.
It is not known how many cyclists have moved onto Sydney Road since the diversion of the Upfield path.
Cycling advocates have previously called for parking on Sydney Road to be replaced by separated bike lanes, while local traders and other supporters of parking have urged riders to move onto the nearby Upfield path.