Cycling in Melbourne Australia
In my experience there are already plenty of "reasonable" bike travel options in this area. I would have thought there are many areas of Melbourne that are more in need of bike Infrastructure than these sections.
Seems to me it's an add-on to a motorist project, rather than an analysis of actual critical cycling infrastructure needs.
Have a look at the NEBC post:
The analysis is detailed and the large amount of work put into it by BBUG has resulted in an outcome for cyclists. Over five hundred people signed the petition.
It's certainly a good win for BBUG and no one here would object to a bike infrastructure spend!
For those not using these routes however, I'd always wonder what good you could have done with a more widespread program of works for that sum of money.
At the end of the day, it's never enough and we will usually start with the squeaky wheel.
My thoughts exactly.
The $70 million is meant to cover all the works the Government says it will build. BBUG estimated the cost for the NEBC at $30 million, which includes 50% for contingencies. $30 million is a mere pittance and extremely good value for money. Another four thousand trips along the freeway corridor for the tenth of the price of the motorised vehicle trip. Plus the $30 million is spread over the projected build time of the tunnels (assuming they get built) - say $6 million a year.
And yes 500 signatures is only part of the equation!
In summary BBUG surveyed the route, researched supportive data and did the cost estimates. Did the work on the web site, organised the NEBC graphics and petition. Paid for printing costs, etc. Developed the presentation and presented it to the East West Link assessment committee. Met with any number of State politicians from all sides. Likewise local Councillors in different Councils, various sustainable transport officers, town planners, traffic engineers and consultants. Communicated with any number of people that had some sort of interest in the project. Wrote to over a hundred Cycling Sports Clubs. Met directly with many members from other BUGs via VicBUG. Accosted bike riders on the route, in person, presenting our case. Met with the Linking Melbourne Authority, DTPLI, VicRoads and the Bicycle Network. Such that we probably have been involved in close to, if not more than thirty meetings.
Rather than people having to expend considerable energy on promoting their projects we need: