Constituency question: Prahran pop-up bike lanes
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.
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