Tuesday, 09 July 2013
New bridge encourages Kooyong locals to ditch their cars
A $2.3 million bridge project to link the shared use paths along the Gardiners Creek trail in Kooyong has been given the go ahead, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said today.
Mr Mulder said Gardiners Creek Trail was one of Melbourne’s busiest bike paths with nearly 2,400 cyclists using it daily and more than 400 cyclists each hour during peak times.
“Riders currently have to leave the path and mix with pedestrians along Glenferrie Road to wait at pedestrian lights. The new bridge across Gardiners Creek, east of Glenferrie Road, will reduce conflict between cyclists and pedestrians and provide a more direct route for shared path users,” Mr Mulder said.
The project, jointly funded by VicRoads and the neighbouring cities of Booroondara and Stonnington, will dramatically improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
Mr Mulder said the shared path on Glenferrie Road was also used by hundreds of pedestrians as it provided access to Scotch College, Melbourne University Hawthorn campus, Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club and Kooyong Station.
“Paths like this one aim to encourage a culture of commuter bike riding and enhance sustainable transport options,” Mr Mulder said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has recently launched a new cycling strategy, Cycling into the Future 2013-23, which sets out our 10-year plan to grow and support cycling and build a more bike-friendly state.”
Mr Mulder said improving the connectivity of Melbourne’s cycling network, to make it easier and safer for people to get around on a bike, is one of the key aims of the new cycling strategy – projects such as this one are working towards achieving this.
Member for Malvern Michael O'Brien welcomed the upgrade to local cycling infrastructure.
“The Gardiners Creek bike trail is a safe and enjoyable way for locals to cycle in our community,” Mr O'Brien said.
“This new bridge over Gardiners Creek will make riding even safer and more convenient.”
The City of Booroondara managed project is expected to commence in August.