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Council backs Copenhagen lanes for Collingwood
20 February 2013
Yarra Council has endorsed a proposal for Wellington Street in Collingwood to become the first road in Yarra to have separated ‘Copenhagen-style’ bicycle lanes.
Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky welcomed the decision as an example of Council’s commitment to encouraging more people to ride bicycles and to supporting world class infrastructure for cyclists.
Council officers will now start working on detailed design plans to construct the lanes between Victoria Parade and Johnston Street.
Most of the existing parking spaces will be retained along the eastern side of Wellington Street, between Victoria Parade and Johnston Street.
Cr Fristacky said the proposal had attracted great public interest, particularly from the cycling and business communities.
She said in deciding to endorse the proposal, Council needed to balance its long-term vision for improving cycling infrastructure against the impacts on nearby businesses and residents from a reduction in 117 parking spaces.
“Yarra has the highest proportion of people who cycle to work in Australia. More than two in every five residents walk, cycle or catch public transport to go to work,” she said.
“Our aim, as set out in our Bicycle Strategy, is for Yarra to double the rate of residents cycling to work from 6.4% to 15% by 2015. This is not only a healthy option but helps to reduce traffic congestion on our local roads.
“One of the biggest barriers to people choosing to travel around the inner city on a bicycle however is safety concerns.
“If Council is serious about encouraging more people to ride bicycles in Yarra then we need to support world class infrastructure that is as safe and efficient as it can be.
“Cyclist numbers on Wellington Street have been growing about 20% a year for the past eight years, with counts showing 416 city-bound cyclists ride the Johnston Street to Victoria Parade section in the two hour morning peak period.
“Council also has a responsibility to protect the interests of traders so we intend to closely monitor the effects these lanes have on nearby businesses, and if there are impacts then we are willing to work with those businesses to address them.”
Detailed designs for the lanes will be subject to further Council approvals later this year.
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