Anyone who has travelled Sydney Road understands the battle along that artery between cyclists, motorists, pedestrians and public transport. It’s a major thoroughfare and sharing it is fraught and frequently dangerous.
Now, VicRoads has released designs for five new proposals that it hopes will fix Sydney Road’s problems. It’s also released a survey, so the general public can have its say on what it thinks will work best.
Option 1A features raised tram stops shared by cyclists and option 1B involves raised tram stops shared by cyclists and motorists, like the newly installed accessible stops on nearby Lygon Street. The second of those two options would allow for two lanes of traffic during peak periods. In both options on-street parking would be removed at the raised tram stops but retained at all other locations during off-peak times.
For Option 2, the current kerbside lanes would remain during peak periods when off-street parking would be unavailable. During off-peak periods there would be no dedicated bike lane. In this option the road would get one traffic lane and a dedicated tram lane during peak periods heading in the peak direction. Cars and trams would share a lane during off-peak periods.
Cyclists will be most interested in Option 3, which would remove on-street parking entirely to allow for a protected bicycle lane and extended footpaths for increased trading space and tree planting. Cars and trams would share a lane at all times.
In Option 4 cars and trams would also share a lane at all times. Some on-street parking would be removed to allow for extended footpaths, increased trading space and tree planting. The majority of on-street parking would remain during off-peak periods, but would be unavailable during peak periods to allow for widened bicycle lanes.
The survey takes approximately 20 minutes and closes at midnight on Sunday July 14. You can take the survey here.