Follow up from the Great Race: Melbourne's bicycle trails on track

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  1. cfsmtb

    cfsmtb New Member

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    Errata - it's spelt with one 'r'. Oh well ... :) Other a.b threads:
    http://www.cyclingforums.com/t299548-bicycle-vs-car-commuter-race.html
    http://www.cyclingforums.com/t298133-abc-ams-traffic-blitz-report-thursday-1711.html

    Melbourne's bicycle trails on track
    http://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/stories/s1512778.htm
    Reporter: Florenz Ronn: photo of City cyclist

    The City of Melbourne has taken the first step by installing new bike lanes on William and Latrobe Streets. Although most only operate during clearway times, it is an important first step in getting facilities for cyclists in the CBD. Bourke and Elizabeth Streets have had 'shoulders' installed to provide a channel for cyclists to use between the parked cars and the travel lane.

    Pic: The West Gate Punt making its way across the river under the Westgate Bridge.

    To help get the recent 774 ABC Melbourne’s special ‘Traffic Blitz’ broadcast on the way, mapping the traffic and public transport problems across Melbourne, our Breakfast presenter, Red Symons, fired a starting gun and two races between two pairs of people to get to the city, had begun.

    Jeremy Lee used his car and Chris Starr rode her bicycle to get to the 774 studio from Northcote. Chris arrived at the ABC Southbank building about eleven minutes before Jeremy. In the meantime, Gaby Hills caught the bus from Balwyn, leaving the bus stop at exactly the same time as Jason (aka Flying Dutch), who was riding his bike. Once again, the cyclist beat the bus commuter to their final destination, this time by 15 minutes. Both results illustrate what cyclists have known for a long time. It is often quicker to commute on a bicycle than using motorised road transport during peak hour. (See our story ‘Melbourne's most disgruntled commuter’ here)
    http://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/stories/s1509061.htm

    Although bike paths through Melbourne parkland, along the river and creeks and major arterial roads, are relatively safe, inner city riding is still fraught with danger, preventing more cyclists using these routes.

    Now, Melbourne City Councillor Peter Clarke has proposed to make Melbourne a bit more European. The City of Melbourne has taken the first step by installing new bike lanes on William and Latrobe Streets. Although most only operate during clearway times, it is an important first step in getting facilities for cyclists in the CBD. Bourke and Elizabeth Streets have had 'shoulders' installed to provide a channel for cyclists to use between the parked cars and the travel lane.

    Harry Barber, the general manager of Bicycle Victoria, told Red Symons: "One of the exciting things is that the bike lanes have been going in and basically all the counts show that the numbers on the bike lanes are going up – but in Europe, they don’t just paint a lane, they actually put the parked cars between the bike riders and the moving traffic, making it much safer for riders."

    And there has been more good news for cyclists, as the West Gate Punt trial has now been extended until November 30, 2005, making riding to work swifter, cheaper and more scenic for people commuting between Melbourne’s inner west and the city. (See our ‘Take a punt to ride’ story and photos here)

    Another major bike track connection was recently made with the opening of the Bayside Council and Parks ‘Brighton Beach Shared Path’, the Brighton Beach section of the Bay Trail now completing an off-road shared path stretching from Altona to Beaumaris. The completion of this $1.5 million project is something Melbournians have been talking about for many years, as it was a "missing link" in the Bay Trail.

    In Melbourne’s east, Shared Use Trails across Maroondah are being developed by Maroondah City Council, as part of the Metropolitan Trail Network, designed for use by pedestrians, cyclists and people who use mobility aids. Discover Maroondah by Bike has a detailed map highlighting primarily bike trails and facilities that can be found along the way and is available from the Maroondah City Council. A few trails are also designated suitable for horse riding such as the Dorset Recreation Reserve and Candlebark Walk Reserve. Built by Knox City Council, a new bridge over the Dandenong Creek at Bungalook Road East has improved access from the Tarralla Creek Trail.

    The community is also invited to comment on the possibility of a multi-purpose trail along the O’Shannassy Pipe Track in Croydon. The O’Shannassy Pipe Track is the section of reserve carrying the Melbourne Water pipeline from Bayswater Road through to Glen Dhu Road in Croydon. This feasibility study is the beginning of a long-term project to determine community support and level of interest in a shared trail along the O’Shannassy Trail.

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  2. ghostgum

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    I like the photo of the city cyclist. He is *not* riding in the bike lane.
    He is riding on the line which divides the bike lane from the car lane,
    because any further into the bike lane and he is in the door zone!


    The only time I've been almost doored by the passenger door is
    on Swanston St where they plan to put those "Copenhagen style"
    bike lanes. The passenger door opened completely blocking
    the bicycle lane. Not sure if it was my headlight or yell, but the
    door quickly closed again.

    The first quote above doesn't talk about "Copenhagen style"
    bike lanes, but it still talks about segregated (that's a nice
    word, gives interesting connotations) bike lanes.
    My dislike of segregated lanes is that you can't move into
    the adjacent lane to pass, and it sound like you have this
    this lovely raised strip/shoulder on the road, similar like a tram
    track, designed to tip you onto the adjacent lane :)

    I haven't seen these "shoulders" on Bourke St and Elizabeth St.
    Anyone seen them and care to comment?

    For those who think that "Copenhagen style" bike lanes are
    a good idea, watch the whole "City of Cyclists" video.
    These bike lanes between the footpath and parked cars
    are not the norm. The more important traffic features to
    make it safer for cyclists in the busy city centre are the
    marked blue bicycle lanes through intersections and giving
    cyclists the green light before cars.
     
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