Safe Cycling Corridor Pilot

Council is seeking to provide a regional cycling connection between Caulfield Station to the CBD, filling the missing link between the State Government’s newly constructed cycling path along the Dandenong railway line, and the recently announced cycling path along St Kilda Road.

To achieve this, Council has resolved to explore the implementation of a new premium cycling corridor along Inkerman Road which is safe, protected and of a high quality. At this stage, there has been no detailed exploration or decision on what design treatment is best suited for the route.

Council wants to encourage people to ride to work or school, particularly those who wish to but are currently not confident enough to ride on the road without greater protection from parked cars or passing traffic.

Council has also resolved to request a report from officers which analyses alternative protected bicycle corridors to the Inkerman Road protected bicycle corridor.

The report will focus on Dandenong and Alma Roads as alternatives and is expected to be presented at the 30 April Council meeting.

How will a premium cycling path fit in Inkerman Road?

The current cycling path in Inkerman Road is the best that can fit without affecting traffic, parking or the nature strip. However, the current path does not cater for the wider community, especially those who would like to ride but are not confident to ride on the road without greater protection from passing traffic or the potential for ‘dooring’ from parked cars.

A premium cycling corridor can take many forms; however, it requires a generous cycling path width and most importantly, physical separation from either parked car doors or passing traffic.

As such, extra space on the road will need to be reallocated to cycling, which typically means that space is reallocated from either parking lanes, traffic lanes or the nature strip, or a combination. Any design will be assessed against the following principles:

  1. Safety for cyclists
  2. Impact on the neighbourhood, including parking
  3. Feasibility of construction

At this stage, there has been no detailed exploration or decision on what design treatment is best suited for Inkerman Road.

For further information, contact Council's City Futures Department on 9524 3333.

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