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Melbourne bike plan targets one quarter of morning trips by bicycle

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Cycling into Melbourne's city centre is set to get even better under the 1016-2020 bike plan.

One quarter of all trips made into Melbourne's city centre during morning peak hours will be made by bicycle by the year 2020, according to a new city council target.

To meet the target set out in the new Draft Bicycle Plan 2016-2020, the City of Melbourne said Thursday it would extend the city's bicycle network by creating new routes and key connections.

This would improve cycling safety and accessibility and encourage more people to ride.

Presently, 17% of all trips into the city centre during morning peak hours are made by bicycle, up dramatically from 9% in 2008.

In an effort to increase the percentage to 25% by 2020, the City of Melbourne has outlined a number of measures in its new Draft Bicycle Plan covering the next four years. The draft plan has been compiled based on 7000 contributions made in April and May this year by the public, bicycle groups, government, police and other stakeholders.

The plan

Under the plan, the City said it would develop local neighbourhood cycling routes in Kensington, North Melbourne, Carlton and Southbank that would connect to key community facilities such as shops and schools.

It would also improve connections into and through the city centre along four key cycling corridors, increase bicycle parking by 800 spaces, and install bicycle maintenance stations at entry points into the city.

Aside from boosting cycling participation, the plan also aims to improve cycling safety by targeting a 10% decline in the number of cycling fatalities and serious injuries.

New improvements

A number of improvements have been realised in recent weeks, with a wider off-road bike path now open along Dynon Road in the western suburbs. This path connects to an upgraded bike lane on Lloyd Street and continues through to upgraded routes on Arden Street and Flemington Road in Kensington and North Melbourne.

On the eastern side of the city, a new ramp linking the Main Yarra Trail along the Yarra River with Alexandra Avenue and Morell Bridge, South Yarra has just been completed.

Your opinion

The City of Melbourne is welcoming feedback on the Draft Bicycle Plan 2016-2020 and also inviting the public to attend the next Bicycle Forum where you can talk directly to city councillors. To check out the draft online and send in your feedback, visit: participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/bikeplan. Comments are open until 20 November 2015.

Bicycle forum

If you would like to attend the forum, it will be held on 18 November 2015 at the Swanston Hall, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street (enter next to the main steps).

Register your attendance and submit your questions at cyclingcity@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

Community feedback will be taken into account in drafting the final plan, which will be presented to Council in March next year.

 

Image: Cycling along the river in Melbourne. Source: ymgerman / Shutterstock

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