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Federal government to fund Melbourne cycleways



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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FUND MELBOURNE CYCLEWAYS

Melburnians will have the option to commute to the city along a series of cycleways to be funded by the Federal Government under a national campaign to promote cycling within transport planning.

The Commonwealth will spend $750 000 developing 17.2 km of new cycleways along major arterial roads serving the Melbourne CBD from the north, east and west. The projects are among a handful to be funded nationally in the lead-up to finalisation of a National Bicycle Strategy.

State and Federal transport ministers will meet later this month to consider the National Bicycle Strategy which will seek to integrate cycling into transport planning, address issues such as bicycle access to dedicated road and footpath space, cycleways and urban planning, and consistent engineering standards for all new bicycle projects.

Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, said today that the projects being funded under the Commonwealth's $4 million demonstration program would lift the profile of cycling as a legitimate form of travel. Most were being built in capital cities, but a handful, still to be announced, would be located in selected regional areas.

'There is a need to develop increased awareness among planners and engineers to consider cyclists when planning new transport corridors or urban developments. The demonstration projects are designed to achieve this objective', Mr Brown said.

The Melbourne projects to receive Federal Government funding are:

- St Kilda Road: New line markings and pavement treatment in the service roads, with signs to signify a bicycle lane. The route extends over 4.5 km from St Kilda Junction to Swanston Street Walk;

Sydney Road: Sydney Road through Brunswick and Coburg forms the direct northern access to the central business district. The Federal Government will fund pavement upgrading and treatment of roadside hazards, such as grates and drains to provide a smooth kerbside lane for cyclists. The kerbside northbound and southbound lanes will be widened from Bell Street to Park Street for a total distance of 8 km;

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- Footscray Road: An off-road bicycle path will be provided through public land, including Footscray Park, between Lynchs Bridge and Dudley Street. The proposal will benefit students who cycle to the Victoria University of Technology and commuter cyclists wishing to

avoid heavy traffic in Footscray Road and Dynon Road.

Mr Brown said each of the projects would provide time savings over current routes and increase cycle safety through preventative rehabilitation.

'Undoubtedly, they will have a considerable bearing on how Melburnians view their transport needs into the next century. The evidence suggests that a significant number of local trips undertaken by car in urban areas could be completed using bicycles.

'Pedal power is healthy and non polluting. It is also cost-effective. The cost of providing cycling facilities can return community benefits greater than the original outlay', he said.

For more information, contact Warwick McNamara (06) 274 7610