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Boroondara Bike Strategy

Boroondara Council together with input from Boroondara BUG and the general community, finalised the Boroondara Bicycle strategy in late 2008. Boroondara Bicycle Strategy - Sept 2008 - 7.8mb pdf Implementiing the strategy will lead to significant improvements to cycling infrastructure in Boroondara.

Vision

We challenge the council to introduce cycle ways into Boroondara. Routes primarily designed for cycling. Lead the way rather than playing catch up:


Don't want muli-storey towers at Camberwell Junction? Improve the village atmosphere at Camberwell Junction by inviting more cycling at the expense of cars and improve Walkability in the area.

It is not uncommon for a cyclist to travel 30 to 80 km in a day on a recreational ride. Commuting distances are typically 10 to 15 km one way. Councils need to think beyond their own boundaries. Our neighbors should be considered and catered for when they visit Boroondara. The cycling paths - on road and off road, form a network that is city wide - not council wide.

Cyclists spend money - any food establishment located on a bike trail will tell you that it is good business to be cyclist friendly.

Councils are battling traffic problems and are now expected to be environmentally friendly. Bicycles can help move more people down a road during peak hour and are environmentally benign. Should a council receive carbon credits/offsets by supporting cycling?

Providing medical services costs money - improved fitness through cycling cuts down on those costs. Costs paid by all of us - cyclists and non cyclists.

Any of us who have children should be mindful of the term "peak oil" and think seriously about sustainability and global warming. Hedge your bets and play it safe.

Cyclists vote.

"From little things, big things grow" Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody.

2030

A local discusses the Camberwell Access plan with a council representative

Under the State Government's 2030 plan, councils are required to improve cycling provisions as part of sustainable transport - cars are not considered sustainable.

State Planning Policy Framework 2.5.3 SPPF Clause 18.03 Bicycle transport

The objective of this clause is to integrate planning for bicycle travel with land use and development planning and encourage cycling as an alternative mode of travel.

"Wherever possible, off-road bicycle networks should be planned for in new urban development." Note the word "Off-road".

The council is working on its access plans and unfortunately they are a minimal response to 2030 directions. Typically pedestrians and cyclists are considered as one homogeneous group. Given the known problems of pedestrian/cyclist conflict in shared spaces, this seems particularly naive.




Plans can be examined here:

BBUG response to 2030 plans

Place local amenity in top place

BBUG, with its somewhat limited resources, has written a response to some of the plans listed above, which beside other items, also include discussion of the East West Link.

The Glenferrie Oval, Grace Park and LE Bray Reserve Concept Master Plan - BBUG response

Glenferrie Road Structure Plan - BBUG response

Camberwell Junction Structure Plan - BBUG response

Kew Junction Masterplan - BBUG response

Victoria Park Masterplan - BBUG response

BBUG response to the "Council Plan"

BBUG has also responded to the Draft Council Plan 2008-2013: BBUG response. In summary the Council needs to plan for cycling in Boroondara at a higher level than previously - not just in the traffic department but also in the sustainability department .

Eddington Report

BBUG has responded to the "East West Link Needs Assessment final report" headed by Sir Rod Eddington. Our response primarily covers recommendation seven, which encompasses cycling as a means of transport. Our response to the report - pdf

Safety

  • Boroondara is ranked 1st highest of the 16 municipalities in the Melbourne south east metropolitan area for cyclist fatalities and serious injuries
  • Boroondara is ranked 6th highest of all of the 27 Melbourne metropolitan municipalities for cyclist casualties per 100,000 population

Executive Summary - Road Safety Strategy

Map of cyclists crashes - 1 meg download

This shows the crashes in Google maps - link occasionally works in IE but works best in FireFox. Have a look at the crash spots. Given your local knowledge of a location, you may know how cyclist safety could be improved at a crash location. If so let us know -->

Council spending

How much is Boroondara council spending on cycling infrastructure per capita? Not enough according to Bicycle Victoria's BiXe. Fortunately in Victoria we spend more on cycling per capita than most states excluding WA. See chart. Reference SA Geens party

Gaps

Boroondara is the proud part owner of the two biggest and most significant gaps in the inner suburban trail network. We would like to see that corrected in an effective manner that totally rules out circuitous routes. In the case of the Gardiners Creek Trail gap, that requires significant co-operation with and by Stonnington council.

Ongoing works

See the minor works required.

How many cyclists traverse Boroondara?

Boroondara is the home to some of VicRoads cycle counters - see them in google maps.

Results are presented in this pdf.