Bicycle groups are calling for an 11th hour push from cyclists to push for separated bike lanes on one of Bendigo’s busiest streets.
Public consultation on VicRoads Napier Street upgrade closes today and Bike Bendigo vice president Rob Velthuis is calling on cyclists to complete the online feedback form saying neither of the two proposed upgrades were good enough.
“Basically, there are two options being put to the public and both of the cycling facilities they propose are for the strong and fearless riders – who are less than 1 per cent of riding population,” Mr Velthuis said.
“The key issue is that the cycling space remain on the road with no physical separation from traffic – if we are serious about getting more people on bikes more often...then we must provide high standard, separated cycling infrastructure wherever new roads are built.”
VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting issued the following statement in response:
“We have investigated a number of options during the development phase of the Napier Street Upgrade which included alternatives for provision of improved facilities for cyclists.
“We have developed two options for consideration by the community which provide a balanced and safer outcome for all road users including cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, public transport users and abutting residents of Napier Street.
“These options have been presented at three community consultation sessions held in June this year. Our online engagement hub provides a further opportunity for the community to comment and closes at midnight Tuesday 16 August 2016.
“We appreciate the feedback received from everyone, including detailed submissions from some key interest groups.
“All of this feedback will be considered to assist us in finalising the preferred option for this important project, which will be presented to the community in late 2016.
“We have sought expressions of interest from the community and stakeholders to participate in a Community Consultation Group (CCG) which will assist VicRoads to determine the final solution that best meets the needs of all road users and the wider community.”