Sunday, May 8, 2016
Cycling and Walking Pedestrian Safety Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Swan Street Bridge, Melbourne will be widened and new “wings” built on either side for pedestrians and cyclists Herald Sun May 5, 2016 and abc.net.au/news May 8th 2016 “Cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured” Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) "Cyclists are much more likely to Die from Bicycle Alone Accidents/Bike Falls or from Riding from the footpath onto the Road or Crossing than Dooring" Pete Dowe. Bicycle Network Victoria blames unsafe cycling behaviour problem on the increase in cycling participation and inadequate cycling infrastructure Victoria's Cycling Strategy focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” may be Negligent and Comment by Pete Dowe
I am very excited about To paraphrase Treasurer Tim Pallas I am
"rock hard" about the importance of this.
As The Offspring sang "you gotta keep em separated"
and to paraphrase Suzi Quatro "Well Dan the Man"
The Andrews Govt: preserving the amenity of walking?
Dunno. But it's a bloody good start!
THE Swan Street Bridge will be widened and new “wings” built on either side for pedestrians and cyclists, unlocking a notorious Melbourne chokepoint.
The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal as part of the $30 million traffic fix, a section of Olympic Ave, running along the city’s sports and entertainment precinct, will also be expanded all the way through to Punt Rd. A new pedestrian crossing on the Alexandra Ave side of the bridge will also be constructed, catering for the 1300 people that cross the bridge hourly during major sporting and concert events.
The long-awaited redesign making the bridge into five lanes will cut about five minutes off sitting idle in traffic and end the frustrating queue jumping along the bridge.
Works on the Yarra River bridge crossing will start early next year.
About 30,000 motorists cross the Swan Street Bridge daily, while up to 1000 cyclists use the bike trails underneath the bridge hourly.
Currently, those exiting the city are crunched in traffic snarls stretching for kilometres to City Rd as the eastbound drivers only have access to one of the two lanes.
The less congested second lane on the bridge is reserved as a priority lane for CityLink traffic turning right at the intersection.
Queue jumping is notorious on the bridge with motorists blocking the CityLink-bound traffic as they try to squeeze in front of cars to avoid being stuck in the wrong lane.
Under the congestion-busting revamp, the current roadspace will be used to remove footpaths on both sides to make room for a new eastbound lane.
This allows for two dedicated lanes for those heading straight into Olympic Blvd or turning left into Batman Ave.
The third lane will remain a CityLink-only lane.
Footpath wings will be clipped on to both sides of the popular bridge for pedestrians and cyclists keeping them separated from traffic.
To prevent a new bottleneck occurring on Olympic Blvd, a section of footpath and taxi ranks will be removed from the Rod Laver side and turned into a second lane, linking up with the dual lanes at Hisense Arena.
Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said the upgrade would improve safety and cut congestion.
PHOTO: The bridge will be widened to five lanes, accommodating pedestrians and cyclists. (ABC News: Kathy Lord)
Work will begin early next year to widen a "major choke point" near Melbourne's busy sporting precinct.
The Victorian Government has announced plans for a $30 million project to widen the Swan Street Bridge to five lanes.
Under the plan, there will be two lanes going straight ahead over the bridge into Swan Street, one lane turning right and two lanes going towards the city.
For years there have been traffic snarls on the bridge with people in the right-turn lane trying to move over into the left hand lane to go straight through.
There will also be separate extensions on either side of the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists
The problem often causes long queues back on to Alexandra Avenue and is a particular problem during the evening peak.
About 30,000 cars, 1,300 pedestrians and 1,000 cyclists use the bridge every day making it one of Melbourne's busier intersections.
The upgrade, scheduled to start in early 2017, is expected to save drivers about five minutes on their commute.
But Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said it was worth the money.
"It's a major sporting precinct and obviously it leads to major cultural precincts with the Arts Centre and the museum," he said.
"It's a major choke point in Melbourne. We don't have a lot of river crossings and this is an important one."
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the upgrade would make the bridge more efficient and safe.
"This is a notorious bottleneck and we are fixing it," Premier Daniel Andrews said.
"We are getting it done because we are not wasting any time having provided the money last year, done the work over the last 12 months."
Mr Donellan said it would also be safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
"It will actually be a more efficient journey and separated [from cars], which is what people are looking for who are riding and walking," he said.
There will also be some minor works done by VicRoads in front of Road Laver Arena to ensure there are two lanes of traffic for the cars coming over the bridge.
The works will cause some traffic disruptions, the minister said.
"We will minimise [disruption] as much as we can so that we get the work done and provide people with a better passage in the future," he said.
Expressions of interest on the design proposal will be made public on May 18.