Cycling in Melbourne Australia
For those that commute or ride into the city west along Southbank past the Melbourne Convention Centre you've probably noticed that the previously separated paths for cyclists and pedestrians have been done away with and 2 shared use lanes created travelling in opposite directions.
Whilst I'm sure that this has been done with the right intent there are 2 issues with the new path that warrant a reconsideration of the thinking:
The 1st issue is not debatable and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency before someone gets hurt, whilst I feel strongly about the second issue I expect that there will be different viewpoints.
I'm looking for some advice on how I can raise the issue with the appropriate council.
My name is Sean I am the editor at Southbank Local News.
I agree with you. The new path has certainly been creating a great deal of confusion since it was put in.
I am interested in running something on this in our next edition. Would you be interested in discussing this further?
If so, please drop me an email: email@example.com
I must admit that I am completely flumoxed by the new 'system'. Previously, if a pedestrian strayed into the bike section, it was an obvious and manageable risk. Now, regardless of which 'lane' you are in, there are pedestrians going both ways and crossing into either lane, not to mention cyclists. It's now not dis-similar to the chaos of Southbank TBH.
Oh, not as big as an issue as the grate on the apex of the bend, but the 'outbound'/westbound lane has now inadvertently exposed the ends of the stair metal handrails to cyclists... Unlikely, but could have a cyclist trending left of walkers clipping the handrails....
Hi Alex, do you live or work in Southbank?
I am looking to run a story in our next issue am hoping to find a local cyclist who will comment on the changes?
If you can help or know someone who might be able please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org