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VicRoads considers bike lane trial

BY Holly McKay, Progress Leader

An artist's impression of what the bike lane would look like.

An artist's impression of what the bike lane would look like.


A BROAD green stripe is being considered for a trial by VicRoads in a bid to stop the growing number of cyclists being injured or killed by car doors.

Toorak cycling activist Boyd Fraser, cyclist and engineer Nick Szwed and ambulance officer and former professional rider Marcel Lima came up with the concept in July, saying it could hold the key to stopping 'doorings', which claimed the life of Hawthorn's James Cross two years ago.

Mr Fraser said they were "elated VicRoads had recognised the merits of this proposal''.

He said the possible trial, along Chapel St from Dandenong Rd to Toorak Rd, was "great news for the cycling community''.

It is hoped it will be extended to include cycling hotspots in Boroondara such as Glenferrie Rd.

"The primary objective is to get cyclists to ride out of the door zone, and hopefully it sends a message to motorists that's where they will be,'' Mr Fraser said.

"The last thing we want is a recurrence of what happened to James Cross.

"I'm confident if this trial goes ahead it will be a success.''

Prahran state Liberal MP Clem Newton-Brown said: "we've got over $1 million to invest in improving bike lanes in Chapel St and we want to make sure that the best possible outcome is achieved''.

"If the experts say this innovative type of bike lane will improve safety in terms of doorings, then it should be seriously considered,'' Mr Newton-Brown said.

VicRoads road and traffic standards acting manager Thuan Nguyen confirmed the roads body was considering the idea for a trial among other options, and working with Stonnington Council and key stakeholders on the proposal.

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Dated - 30.11.2012

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