Melbourne is well on the way to meeting the targets set out in the City of Melbourne’s Bicycle Plan 2012-2016. At the City’s public bike forum held Tuesday March 18 Councillor Cathy Oke announced that the latest counts showed 14.7% of vehicles entering the CBD are bikes, this is up from 11% in 2012 – the target set out in the plan aims for 15%.
Geoff Robinson, Manager of Engineering Services for the council, also talked at the forum and made a strong point of noting that horse-drawn vehicles are not permitted to use the bike lane on Princes Bridge. He asks that cyclists make a point of passing that information on to any carriages they may encounter in their road at that location.
Mr Robinson also reported on the progress of new bike infrastructure around the city, indicating that the LaTrobe St bike lane is fully complete and has led to a 101% increase in the number of cyclists using the route in the morning peak, and a 203% increase in the afternoon peak.
Cr Oke had some preliminary results from the Super Tuesday count run by Bicycle Network Victoria this month, which shows that as the number of cyclists using LaTrobe St has increased, the number on Swanston St has reached a plateau.
It was happily announced that where car-doorings used to make up more than 30% of incidents involving cyclists on LaTrobe St, the new layout means they no longer occur. The most common incidents now occur when a car turns left across the path of a cyclist.
The council plans to install a large number of new bike hoops around the city to increase the amount of parking available and is looking for input from cyclists about where they should be located. If you would like to have a say, or have a bike-related question you would like the council to answer at the next forum, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.