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Cycling and Walking Shared Paths Pedestrian Safety Cycling Safety/ Cycling Safely Push for bike 20kmh speed limits on shared trails in Melbourne Port Phillip Leader 16.9.2015

Push for bike speed limits on shared trails in Melbourne

September 16, 2015 12:00am

Cycling and running enthusiast Boyd Fraser is calling on the Port Phillip Council to implement speed limits on shared bike paths. Picture: Kris Reichl.
A PASSIONATE cycling safety advocate is calling on local councils to introduce 20km/h speed limits on shared bike paths.
Toorak resident Boyd Fraser says there was an “urgent need” to regulate the conduct of cyclists on shared bike paths like the Bay Trail in order to “maximise their amenity” for all users.
Mr Fraser regularly rides and walks along the Bay Trial and believes that due to the growing popularity of commuter cycling, a serious accident could be just around the corner.
“Do we want to have a child bowled over because some feel it’s their right to speed along shared pathways?” Mr Boyd said.
While cycling speed on shared paths varies significantly between locations and users, average cycling speed typically ranges between 20 and 30km/h — generally above the 20km/h envisaged by Austroads for shared paths.
Victoria Walks executive officer Dr Ben Rossiter said all options to control speed on shared paths to 20km/h — including speed limits and methods to enforce them — should be explored.
According to Port Phillip Mayor Amanda Stevens, while it hasn’t been a “major issue” raised by the community, the council is willing to consider developing an “adopted position” with regards to controlling cyclist speed on shared pathways.
“Ultimately, we believe education, rather than enforcement, is the most effective way to encourage good behaviour,” Cr Stevens said.
Founder of Safe Cycling Australia Dave Sharp said dogs on long leads and pedestrians walking in big groups can be difficult to navigate for cyclists.
“Sometimes cyclists riding around these types of pedestrians need to exercise more caution in the same way motorists need to be mindful of cyclists on the road,” Mr Sharp said.
VicRoads is in discussions with a number of councils around Melbourne about the issue of speed on shared paths and is collecting data from bicycle counters set up on the shared paths around the city.

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