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Innovative bicycle treatment to be delivered in Black Rock

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October 27, 2014

Cyclist safety on Beach Road in Black Rock will be improved following today’s announcement of a new bicycle project by Member for Sandringham, Murray Thompson.

Mr Thompson said the $320,000 project at the intersection of Beach Road, Balcombe Road and Bluff Road will help address the issue of drivers turning right onto Beach Road and not giving way to cyclists.

The project includes an innovative treatment to install electronic signs warning traffic on the east approach to watch for cyclists.

“All the 10 casualty crashes that we have seen at this intersection in the five years to December 2013 involved cyclists travelling along Beach Road.

“Thousands of cyclists are using this section of road every year, so we want to make sure that they are doing so as safely as possible,” Mr Thompson said.

Delivered as part of the Safer Road Infrastructure Program, the project will include the installation of electronic signs to warn drivers of cyclists, on-road green bicycle lanes and changes to the traffic lanes.

The project will also include pavement widening and vegetation removal to improve sight lines for vehicles and cyclists.

“We are confident that this project will go a long way towards giving cyclists greater protection from cars.

“Once complete, we will evaluate the treatment to determine whether or not similar treatments will be considered in other locations across the State,” Mr Thompson said.

The announcement comes just a few months after the completion of a $431,000 innovative bicycle project on Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn, aimed at reducing incidents of “dooring”.

“These innovative bicycle treatments reflect the growing importance of cyclists as part of Melbourne’s transport mix,” Mr Thompson said.

Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said that the Safer Road Infrastructure Program is funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), while VicRoads manages the program.

“The Coalition Government has committed a record $1 billion to Safer Road Infrastructure Program over ten years to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads, with more than $199 million committed so far during 2014 on 188 safety improvement projects across Victoria.

“This important and targeted program is helping us build on the road safety gains of recent years, which has led to successive, record low death tolls, while continuing our focus on reducing serious injuries,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

The project is due to start in early 2015 and will be completed by mid 2015.