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Constituency question: Prahran pop-up bike lanes

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Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
8 March 2022

My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: what is the latest information on the proposal for pop-up bike lanes within the Prahran electorate? In Prahran the lack of safe, separated cycling routes, particularly along Chapel Street, is regularly raised with me by residents as one of the key barriers to more people riding and one of the top issues overall they would like to see fixed to improve the livability of our community. With more people choosing to ride during the pandemic and cycling being so critical to reducing Victoria’s transport emissions, I have been advocating strongly for the government to quickly install pop-up bike lanes like many other cities around the world have already done, so I welcome the government’s initial proposals, particularly on Chapel Street but also along other main roads and local streets, and seek further information on behalf of our community on the types of bike lanes planned and the time lines for installation.

Answer

The Victorian Government is installing new and improved pop-up bike routes across key inner-Melbourne suburbs to make it easier and safer for people to ride in their local suburb and to and from the CBD. The program is being rolled out progressively to make bike riding safer while striking a balance between the needs of all transport users, traders and people who live in the community.

In the City of Stonnington, the Department of Transport (DoT) is exploring opportunities and routes with investigations underway. Early engagement on cycling opportunities in the municipality began in December 2021, allowing the community to contribute to these investigations. To date, DoT have received over 130 responses regarding the proposed improvements in the City of Stonnington. The community can provide feedback about the proposed routes in the City of Stonnington online via the VicRoads website at vicroads.mysocialpinpoint.com/pop-up-bike-lanes. Additional information about the overarching program is also available for the community on the VicRoads website: vicroads.vic.gov.au/pop-up-bike-lanes 

DoT will continue to work with the community, key stakeholders and Council on the next steps for the proposed pop-up bike routes in the City of Stonnington

The Hon Ben Carroll MP

Minister for Public Transport

Minister for Roads and Road Safety

 

Answered: 6 April 2022

 

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Sam Hibbins MP
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