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August 10, 2017

Mr THOMPSON (Sandringham) — (12 954) My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The action I seek is for the minister and the CEO of VicRoads, Mr John Merritt, or their representatives, to visit Beach Road, Mentone, to inspect the impact of the proposed bay trail in concert with all — and I repeat all — relevant stakeholders. I have concerns which have been raised in the past regarding the impact upon traffic movements, cycling safety and foreshore user access as a consequence of the latest City of Kingston plan for the bay trail.

One independent regular foreshore user recently described the amended plan, in his understanding, as 'lunacy'. I note that there are significant potential impacts that are perhaps only fully evident upon a detailed site visit and evaluation.

The points of concern include the following. Parking is to be moved into the left-hand travelling lane on the bay side of the road on a key section of Beach Road, in turn removing parking places. The road becomes effectively single lane outside clearway times during times of high foreshore access demand — for example, on hot days. The membership of the Mentone Lifesaving Club has not been fully consulted on the details of the new Kingston plan. Between 6.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday there will be no parking at all on Beach Road between Mentone Lifesaving Club and Nepean Highway at Mordialloc.

I note for the record that there is currently a gravel verge that runs between the lifesaving club and Rennison Street which enables people to park along the foreshore between 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m., which is otherwise a clearway time. My understanding is that this gravel verge will be removed and will not allow additional parking. At certain times, such as on hot days when there is parking on both sides of the road outside clearway times, an important arterial road will be reduced to single lanes in each direction.

Additionally, the narrowing of lane widths needs to be reviewed in consultation with multiple cycling user groups, not just one. Leading Australian cyclist groups, such as the Amy Gillett Foundation, have expressed concern regarding the narrowing of lane widths. It is my view that dialogue needs to be undertaken with people who are directly affected in situ so the matters can be discussed with council planners, representatives of VicRoads and also the minister's office.

I reiterate: the action I seek is that the minister and the CEO of VicRoads or their representatives meet on site with all relevant stakeholders.