In response to a copy of the petition sent to the roads minister, I received a response mt mail.
While acknowledging the main road corridor as part of the strategic cycling network, the minister has implied that the current off road paths along the Diamond creek and the Research shared path are sufficient for providing "safer, lower stress cycling experiences".
In this context VicRoads has no plans to install on-road bike lanes on main road.
This is of course an inadequate and incorrect assertion, as the off road shared paths in Eltham are inadequate for commuting, segmented, indirect and do not connect to any major activity centres.
To: Vicki Ward MP for Eltham
Bike Lanes the full length of Main Road Eltham
Main road is used daily by commuting and recreational cyclists but currently has no cycling specific infrastructure. We are asking for a dedicated continuous bike lane along Main Road through the Eltham electorate, from Research to Lower Plenty. The lane should be unbroken, with lane markings continuing through all intersections and should include links along Fitzsimons Lane to Templestowe and Bridge Street and Sherbourne Road to Greensborough.
Why is this important?
Adding bike lanes to current cycling routes fulfills part of the Victorian Cycling Strategy aim of reducing stress on bicycle routes and assists in establishing better integrated cycling corridors, we ask that the member for Eltham implement cycle lanes along the length of Main Road. Including cycling infrastructure into the planned works at Fitzsimons Lane is the perfect opportunity to satisfy the cycling strategy aim of incorporating improved cycling infrastructure in all major transport projects.
How it will be delivered
The petition will be delivered to the Office of Vicki Ward at the end on 14 March.