Stonnington supports safer cycling in local streets

Published on 26 March 2021

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The City of Stonnington is throwing its support behind safer cycling, by marking local roads as designated bike routes.

A select number of streets in Windsor, Prahran and Toorak have been chosen for a line marking treatment that will formally identify them as safe cycling streets.

Scooter enthusiast and City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Kate Hely, is looking forward to streets in Prahran, Windsor and Toorak being designated as local cycle routes.

“I love scooting around the place, but don’t always feel confident riding along busy roads where there is lots of traffic and parked cars", said Cr Hely.

“Creating cycle routes along the quieter streets will make me feel much more comfortable and safe, and I’ll get to enjoy beautiful tree-lined streets that I otherwise might not visit. 

“No matter your confidence or skill level, I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy some healthy exercise on the new, safe local street cycle routes.”

Applied to the road surface, the line marking acts as a visual indicator to motorists that this is an important cycle route and a shared space.  The location of the marking, in the centre of a lane, also encourages cyclists to safely venture into the roadway to avoid potential hazards, such as car doors opening unexpectedly.

While the local streets do not have sufficient width to accommodate a dedicated bike lane, fewer vehicles and lower traffic speeds offer a safer alternative to the busier, major roads in the area.

Creating a local cycling network along quieter streets will allow cyclists of all abilities and confidence levels to safely navigate these popular suburbs, with routes running north to south and east to west.

So far, seven streets are earmarked for the local street cycle network and surrounding residents notified. Under the current plan, Upton Street in Windsor, Greville, Spring and Murray streets plus Chatworth Road and Wrights Terrace in Prahran, and Mathoura Road in Toorak will be designated as cycle and vehicle shared zones.

More streets linking the network will be added over time, and signs updated to direct cyclists to the local streets.

This type of treatment is effective in creating a safer environment for cyclists, without the loss of any on street parking, and is already being successfully used at locations across Stonnington, such as Claremont Avenue in Malvern.

With cycling becoming increasingly popular the city is committed to identifying and implementing initiatives that provide a safe, enjoyable cycling experience for everyone.