Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Hey all, for years now I have been following (if you can call it that) the train lines from Oakleigh to Dandenong and then going down the Eastlink Trail from Yarraman Station to work and back. Also for years I have been hassling the Dandenong City Council to do something about linking the bike lanes as you need to keep crossing from one side to the other to get a straight, safe run to and from work.
For some time I have noticed that a bike track runs beside Dandenong Bypass and Westall Extension but I kept going my n normal way. That was until 2 weeks ago and now am hooked. Now, once I hit Westall Station and go under Westall Rd I keep following Westall Rd to Dandenong Bypass and join what is a very well thought out bike trail.
On Westall Rd it uses the service lanes taking you away from the main traffic. On the Westall Bypass the trail is separated and runs along side but it is when it gets to Springvale Rd that it comes into it's own. It is like a dual lane bike Highway and is catered for at every traffic intersection. It is a much safer option of getting to Dandenong that adds bugger all on to the time of travel and is a great way to link up to the Eastlink Trail.
Since I have been using the track I have seen very few cyclists on it but am hoping that will change when the weather changes. This may be old hat to some but I hope it helps as an alternative to running the Gauntlet at Heatherton Rd Roundabout and all the crap on the ground from the construction of the new Springvale Station.
PS the track runs between the trees and can be dark in the morning at the start of the Westall Extension.
Hope this helps.
Good news. The City of Dandenong Council is looking into painting reflective lines down the middle of the track from Heatherton Rd to Springvale Rd. (The Westall extension section that gets pitch black in the mornings and evenings.) I am in contact with the board of works and they are getting the ok to go ahead with painting the lines.
Pays to keep at it sometimes.
Just watch that you don't end up with slippery reflective lines Will....
Here is the response from a STUDENT engineer, and telling me how to commute, doesn't matter I have been doing it for over 15 years.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Satur,
Thank you for your email regarding pedestrian and cyclist safety on the shared path along Westall Road from the section between Heatherton Road and Springvale Road, Springvale.
Council’s Transport Engineers have considered the issues raised in relation to the potential safety hazards along this section of the shared path.
It is acknowledged that cyclists may face challenges riding during the dusk and night period where visibility is reduced. It is recommended that cyclists follow the Road Safety Road Rules when riding at night to improve safety for all road users.
The Road Rules identify riders of a bicycle must not ride at night or in hazardous weather conditions without displaying the following equipment;
· A flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and
· A flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle ; and
A red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam.
It is the cyclists’ responsibility to ensure they are adequately equipped when riding during low light conditions so that they are visible to other road users, including pedestrians.
Furthermore, the Road Rules also identify that it is the cyclists’ responsibility to give way to pedestrians when riding along a shared path. During low light conditions, cyclists should be riding at a speed that allows them to avoid a collision with other path users.
Regarding the installation of centreline to improve visibility for cyclists and pedestrian, Council does not support this proposal as pavement markings are intended to provide guidance to road users and would not improve the visibility of other path users.
Council will continue to monitor the conditions of our shared path network and take necessary action as required. If you have any questions regarding the information presented above, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Student Engineer - Transport
Ph: 8571 5316 Fax: 8571 1596
PO Box 200 Dandenong VIC 3175