Herald Sun

CY­CLE BAN WIDEN­ING

VicRoads will check other dan­ger spots

- CHRISTO­PHER GIL­LETT AND ALEKS DEVIC christo­pher.gil­lett@news.com.au

A WIDE­SPREAD re­view of where cy­clists can ride in cen­tral Mel­bourne is on the agenda in a bid to pro­tect both riders and driv­ers.

Yesterday we re­vealed that Lord Mayor Robert Doyle wants cy­clists banned from three CBD streets — King, Lons­dale and Flin­ders — for their own safety.

The Her­ald Sun un­der­stands VicRoads will look at sev­eral other dan­ger spots for riders, in­clud­ing Chapel, Swan and Vic­to­ria streets.

Cr Doyle said: “Cy­clists are very vul­ner­a­ble road users and there are ac­ci­dents all the time. And cy­clists and buses are just a lethal cock­tail.”

Cr Doyle said it was a mat­ter for VicRoads to im­pose a ban, but the coun­cil would help make rec­om­men­da­tions.

“There are some streets where you sim­ply can­not put in the (bi­cy­cle) in­fra­struc­ture.”

He said other cities around the world such as Copenhagen had bans in place due to safety con­cerns. Yesterday a Her­ald Sun pho­tog­ra­pher caught a man break­ing mul­ti­ple road rules while rid­ing along one of Mel­bourne’s busiest thor­ough­fares, Chapel St in South Yarra.

Premier Daniel An­drews yesterday of­fered sup­port for Cr Doyle’s plan.

“I reckon this is some­thing worth talk­ing about,” Mr An­drews told SEN. “This is not about be­ing anti-cy­clists. I can’t think of any­thing more pro-cy­clists than try­ing to keep cy­clists safe.

“Robert Doyle has bounced the ball, and I think it’s a re­ally good con­ver­sa­tion for us to have if, for no other rea­son, than it al­lows us just to re­flect on the fact that we need to share the road­way bet­ter.”

Mr An­drews said some roads could be made safer, but where that was not an op­tion it was ap­pro­pri­ate to have “a proper con­ver­sa­tion” about a bike ban.

“As I un­der­stand it, VicRoads would prob­a­bly make the fi­nal de­ci­sion but they’ll prob­a­bly take ad­vice from us a bit,” he said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a chat with Robert Doyle about it.”

VicRoads said it would con­sider the move af­ter wide com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

RACV gen­eral pol­icy man­ager Brian Ne­gus said trucks on King St, buses on Lons­dale St and “a re­ally tight squeeze” along Flin­ders St made it log­i­cal to re­move bikes. Mr Ne­gus said car parks should be taken off La­trobe St to pro­vide a safer route for cy­clists.

But Bi­cy­cle Net­work spokesman Chris Car­pen­ter said ban­ning bike riders on spe­cific streets would be “an un­prece­dented move” that would set Mel­bourne back years in terms of live­abil­ity.

 ?? Pic­ture: HAMISH BLAIR ?? A cy­clist adds to the dan­ger on Chapel St yesterday by not wear­ing a hel­met, don­ning head­phones and us­ing his mo­bile.
Pic­ture: HAMISH BLAIR A cy­clist adds to the dan­ger on Chapel St yesterday by not wear­ing a hel­met, don­ning head­phones and us­ing his mo­bile.

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