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To: Vicki Ward MP for Eltham

Bike Lanes the full length of Main Road 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.


Reasons for signing

  • From Wattle Tree, past the shops and down the hill (past Vicky’s office), my heart is in my mouth. There is just not enough room. I’m just hoping that they give me room. Then, it’s even worse as I go up over Fitzsimmons. They are doing 80 and whisk by so close. In my view, that is THE worse cycling road in Melbourne. The problem is that it’s the main connector East and South, from Eltham.
  • I'm a recreational cyclist from Diamond Creek, and would very much like to see safety improvements for cyclists in the area. A section of the Diamond creek trail through Eltham is on the footpath which is not great for pedestrians. Having a dedicated cycling lane would be a much better solution.
  • I ride down from the ambulance station to the bike track at Lower Plenty and the other way home. Scariest part of my ride to work is getting to a path.

Updates

2019-03-06 22:18:02 +1100

One week until we hand the petition to Vicki Ward at her office.
We also got some coverage in the Diamond Valley news this week. I just want to clarify a couple of my quotes, as there are two separate points that have been merged into one.
I did identify Fitzsimons lane/ Main Road as an issue in that there is no defined pathway (marked Lane) through for cyclists now, or in the planned changes to this intersection. However my comment about squeezing through traffic related to the behaviour of drivers and the road becoming more scary along the bottleneck sections of main road where they try to squeeze through with other traffic. I will be following up Vicki Wards assertion that the Bolton St Shared path connects Sherbourne and Main Roads, as it does not connect to any other cycling infrastructure.

2019-02-22 16:26:40 +1100

An amazing response so far, I have organised to meet with Vicki Ward on 14 March to discuss Bike lanes and present the petition to her. We will be highlighting the additional points raised in your reasons for signing as well.

2019-02-10 11:21:13 +1100

100 signatures reached

2019-02-10 10:03:28 +1100

50 signatures reached

2019-02-09 20:40:07 +1100

25 signatures reached

2019-02-06 11:06:25 +1100

10 signatures reached