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Brixton Rise - Gardiners Creek Trail

Brixton Rise in Glen Iris is the only section of the Gardiners Creek Trail that makes use of a roadway. The path should be off-road.

We should consider what constitutes the traffic at this location. The traffic is made up of pedestrians and cyclists utilising the shared path, which also provides access to a train station. Brixton rise is a dead end street with minimal motorised traffic. Who are the main users and who has priority here? Refer to gallery below.

VicRoads via Monash Alliance suggested at a community meeting in April 2008 that the short gap in the path at this point could be eliminated, ie change the road functionality to suit the majority traffic. Refer to gallery for photo of Monash Alliance poster suggesting same. A desire line beside the road, formed by pedestrians, demonstrates the need for a path - refer gallery. A project here could be utilised to demonstrate Stonnington Council’s commitment to its Sustainable Transport Policy 2008. Additionally test the State Government's commitment to the Victorian Cycling Strategy - 2009.

Problem

  • The needs of the traffic, that is pedestrians and cyclists, are not being meet.

Possible solutions

  • Designate the road as an access lane or access place. Remove Armco barrier, narrow road and install a 3 metre wide shared path - refer to "artists impression" in the gallery.
  • A raised pedestrian crossing could be used to divide the Brixton Rise into two sections - north & south. Isolating it from the proposed car wash, slowing the traffic and acting as a pedestrian crossing to the shops in High St and to the entrance of the "Secluded Café". People could more easily access the station and shops by walking and cycling.

Support for the solution

  • Cyclist counts acquired by the nearby VicRoads cyclist counter: refer to the Feb 2008 counts and time line. About a thousand a day in 2009. Super Tuesday counts for March 2010 arrived at a figure of 358 riders over the two hour morning count period at Brixton Rise.
  • Stonnington Council's sustainable transport policy.
  • Stonnington Council's Public Realm policy.
  • The Gardiners Creek shared path is identified as a major shared path in the Victorian Cycling Strategy 2009.
  • Brixton Rise is part of the Gardiners Creek shared path and is also within the Strategy's 10 km priority radius from the CBD.
  • Improved access to Glen Iris station.

Items to note

  • The general area is classified as Residential 1 Zone. 18 Brixton Rise is for sale (Oct 2009). Currently the land is not utilised in accordance with the zoning due to historical reasons. Any new owners need to be aware of the zoning and comply with it. Due to the overhead High Voltage power lines and associated support pylon, the types of building that can be built here are limited - especially in height.
  • A car wash was constructed on the block to the west of the car park on the corner of Brixton Rise and High St ie. the site of the old post office building in early 2010. Cars leaving the car wash enter Brixton Rise via a new driveway and crossover located just by the entrance to the Secluded Café. Narrowing the road to suit the shared path would help indicate to car drivers using the car wash, that there is no exit via this no through road section. Additionally a raised crossing at this point would re-enforce this point, while simultaneously providing good access to the café from the trail.
  • The road immediately on the north side of the creek curves in virtually an identical manner to its southern partner - no armco was deemed necessary on the north side. Why have it on the south side? Some may be necessary around the transmission pylon but it's unnecessary elsewhere.

High St underpass

The High St underpass has a steep corkscrew descent on the south side of High St. This descent is unsafe and should be eliminated. A desire line next to the path indicates that pedestrians are already bypassing this location.

Bollards

It is hard to understand why Stonnington Council thinks the bollards as seen in the photo below are a good idea. They are problematic because:

  • about a thousand cyclists and many joggers and walkers are obstructed by them each day
  • when a cyclist should be concentrating on pedestrians and the path to road transition, their attention is diverted to concentrating on not hitting the bollards, while simultaneously trying to maintain their balance
  • they generate cyclist/pedestrian conflict due to the number of people that pass through them each day
  • they are not angled at 90 degrees to the path
  • they extend above handlebar height
  • they have sharp edges
  • they are loose in their sockets
  • they are too close together
  • the associated pram ramp angles, entice SE bound cyclists to traverse the bollards on the wrong side of the path

What is their purpose? Currently they suit Council's trucks, rather than the thousand or more people that pass through them each day. What sort of message does that send to the community?

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