Island Bay Cycleway gets the green light

Albert St, Melbourne – physical separation of parking, as suggested by the Safety Audit

WCC have released the Safety Audit (which includes a peer review) of the Island Bay Cycleway. Cycle Aware welcomes the report. There are no serious concerns with the design of the cycleway, and the suggested improvements should help to allay residents’ concerns about the change to their roading environment.

So what issues were raised?

  • The most important issue was the “ghost markings”. The contractors had left some old road markings visible, which could lead to confusion at night. WCC is fixing this issue, which is about the implementation, rather than the design of the cycleway.
  • Parking obscuring the view of cyclists when entering or leaving driveways. In order to keep as much on street parking as possible, the design allowed parking to within 1m of entrances. WCC will consult with residents to keep 3-8m clear at entrances. In effect, residents will have a choice between visibility, and on street parking.
  • Parking too close to the cycleway. Safehit posts have been suggested to ensure that cars are parked correctly, so opening doors don’t intrude on the cycleway. WCC is likely to go for enforcement, rather than physical barriers. In practice, the few poorly parked cars seem an irritant to cyclists rather than a serious safety issue. It’s rare to come across a car that is both poorly parked, AND has passenger doors open. But a physical barrier would provide a greater sense of security on the cycleway.
  • Bus stop bypasses. Advertising on the walls of the bus shelters obscured the view for cyclists and pedestrians. However the peer review argued that this was a good thing, making people more careful.
  • Some inconsistency in use of green surfacing and cycle symbols. WCC will make these more consistent.
  • Directional guidance – the audit suggested that directional arrows could encourage people to bike in the correct direction. However this is not generally recommended on cycleways.
  • Cycle friendly sump grates. At one intersection there is a pair of sump grates that could trap bike wheels. WCC will replace these.
  • Pedestrian crossings. Some pedestrian crossings require remedial work after the installation of the cycleway. WCC is doing this.
  • Lower speeds. The  peer review suggested that since actual speeds in the area had reduced, the 30km/hr speed limit in the Village could be extended to the whole area. This sounds like a good idea.