May 302013
 

We hope you will make a submission to the Council on this year's budget. To help get you started, we've outlined the BUG's ideas below.

Submissions close at 5pm Friday 7 June. If you want to speak at the meeting to consider the budget on Tuesday 18 June at 5.30pm, you can request to do so in your submission. More information about the budget is here, make a submission here.

Bike budget insufficient to achieve Bicycle Plan

The City of Melbourne has cut its bike budget to $2.55 million (under half of the $5.6 million allocated in the 2012-13 budget). If the City of Melbourne is to become a "cycling city", a far greater budget commitment is required. At this rate, the City will not achieve its Bicycle Plan without significant catch-up in later budgets.

As a capital city council, a destination and thoroughfare for more than 800 000 Victorians daily, the City is more important to Melbourne bike riders than any other council area. Despite this central importance, it remains a more car-dominated, intimidating road environment for cyclists than other inner city councils the City of Moreland, the City of Yarra, or the City of Port Phillip. At the city’s last survey, 50 per cent of cyclists said they felt unsafe riding in the area.

Melbourne BUG recommends that this year’s budget be increased to at least $5.6 million, to match last year’s.

Concerns about proposed bike projects

Aside from the $400 000 for bike parking, Melbourne BUG has concerns about the proposed projects in this year’s budget:

$1.5 million for green paint and rumble strips in William Street

This project is inadequate and locks in failure. Such a busy street needs physically separated lanes. We would prefer that the funds be put aside rather than wasted in this way.

$300 000 for upgraded bike lanes in Neill Street

This is a quiet street with hardly any traffic that does not need any bike lanes. It is also a steep hill (inbound) and outbound it is difficult for bikes to turn right from Rathdowne St, so in both directions it is not the first choice for a bike route. Council is wasting funds on Neill St because of their obsession with keeping bicycles out of the Carlton Gardens.  Paths in the Carlton Gardens are wide and even in the morning peak are mostly very lightly used. There is plenty of space for a bike lane connecting Canning St to the new La Trobe St lanes, which also need to connect to Albert St. Council has no solution for bikes heading to Spring St from Canning St at the moment.

Bike parking

Money is allocated for bike parking, which is great, but there is no way for riders to have input into choice of new locations and the City of Melbourne’s process for determining these is opaque. Melbourne BUG recommends that the City of Melbourne set up a public input process for prioritising new parking.

Consultation

Unlike the 2012-13 budget papers, this year’s Budget and Annual Plan does not include a capital works list. Melbourne BUG obtained this information about the projects from a City of Melbourne press release, indicating that they have already been decided on. Neither Melbourne BUG nor the broader community have been consulted about these projects.

Alternative capital works program

Melbourne BUG has a number of alternative suggestions about how this year’s budget money could be spent. The BUG does not have the resourcing to cost these alternative projects, so we err on the side of suggesting too much. The available budget can then determine what goes into the capital works program.

  • A high priority is to bring the Albert St lanes to Spring St and to treat Spring St to join it to LaTrobe St (1 block) with kerbside separated lanes, probably involving a clearway to keep 2 car lanes open, as this will become a bus route very soon.
  • Kerbside, separated lanes in William St, preferably from Flinders St to Flemington Rd.
  • Join Canning St to Albert St and Spring St. The current shared footpath is dangerous and unpleasant for all users, the intersection with Nicholson and Victoria is a disgrace, and Nicholson St from Victoria St to Bourke St is also very bad.
  • Join Port Melbourne and Cecil St lanes to northbank of Yarra by building off-road lanes on the west side of Clarendon St. N.B. both Spencer St and Flinders St are part of the bike network proposed in the Council's long-term bike strategy, they are both part of Vicroads principal bike network and the link along Clarendon St will integrate in the future with these, but in the short term allows access to the Yarra River paths.
  • LaTrobe St – Swanston intersection improvement. Two of the most high-profile bike route in Melbourne meet here. Yet the LaTrobe lanes disappear completely going east. Since traffic turning left into Swanston would have only Lt LaTrobe St or A Beckett St to go to, some minor modifications like making Swanston St one-way between A Beckett and LaTrobe could mean a big improvement for bikes while having little effect on other traffic movements.
  • Make a start on St Kilda Rd by completing and releasing the draft master plan for St Kilda Rd, and include high quality lanes from Southbank Bvd all the way to St Kilda Junction (which itself needs bike treatment but outside the scope of CoM).
  • Investigate safe, separated bike lanes in Flinders St between Spring St and Swanston St. Data shows a high number of bicycle movements there despite the hostile road environment, and observation shows many of these are using the footpath. Building a gantry over the railway void for pedestrians is one alternative that would integrate with any future development of the rail yards air-space.
  • High quality lanes in Grattan St, not shared with buses, from Flemington Road to Rathdowne St and with a safe interface into Carlton Street.
  • Flemington Rd and Royal Pde need physically separated lanes. Like St Kilda Rd, these are declared (State) roads and Council needs to propose safe treatments for all three wide boulevards, with a view to action in future years.
 Posted by at 2:47 pm
Nov 012012
 

The current state government has finally, after five years (permission was refused by the previous government), granted permission to the City of Melbourne to introduce 40km/h speed limits in the CBD. If you ride in the CBD, you will notice the speed limit progressively being rolled out. For details of the roll-out see the City of Melbourne website.

This is a positive first step. The difference between 50km/h and 40km/h speeds, in terms of the likelihood of fatality or injury for bike riders and pedestrians hit by a car, is significant. Those that drive in the CBD, especially at night, will know that it was a myth that 50km/h was only an aspirational speed and was never actually reached. Even on weekdays, cars can reach 50km/h in parts of the CBD.

The evidence-based speed limit for areas where cars, bikes and pedestrians mix is 30km/h, as we have written about before. This speed will need to be achieved both through speed limits and traffic calming. This is the direction governments should be headed in:

And from the Monash University Accident Research Centre:

Vision Zero – An ethical approach to safety and mobility

See also the UK campaign "Twenty's Plenty" (20mph = 30km/h).

 Posted by at 4:10 pm
Oct 042012
 

Update November 1st

Of our new eleven Councillors, ten responded to the BUGs questionnaire summarised below.  Of those ten, five committed to maintaining or increasing this year's budget for bicycle infrastructure ($5M) and to the broad vision for the BUG's proposed works program during the term of the new Council. The remaining five councillors are the Doyle team. So watch this space and be ready to join in and help persuade the City of Melbourne to keep up the momentum for getting more people onto bikes!

Original post October 4th

Melbourne BUG brings you the candidates' views on cycling in the City of Melbourne. Thanks to all the candidates who put in time to answer our questions and best of luck – we look forward to working with all of you in the new Council.

We have summarised each ticket below, starting with the best. You can read the detailed responses as we received them via the link after each summary. The level of support for increasing cycling in the municipality is very high, with most candidates committing to expenditure and progress exceeding that achieved in the current term of Council.

The BUG's suggested projects for the next term are listed at the end of this article. These were used as a guide to candidates, without asking them to endorse the specific roads/routes/treatments as listed but to illustrate the scope of what needs to be achieved. Only major projects have been listed. Candidates were asked if they supported this level of progress.

The Greens

Greens' councillor Cathy Oke has an excellent track record of supporting and seeing through bicycle initiatives in the City of Melbourne. The Greens are the only group with a comprehensive, well thought out policy and their answers to our questionnaire showed a high level of understanding and commitment to what it will take to get (many) more people using a bicycle for transport. The only answer letting The Greens down was their insistence on requiring helmet laws for Melbourne Bikeshare, which is a lost opportunity to get many more people cycling in the City. Read complete answers.

Shanahan-Chamberlin

Questionnaire answers show high level of understanding and commitment on all points, including clear opposition to building the East West tollway, and support for getting Melbourne Bike Share working by removing the helmet requirement. Read complete answers.

Community and Business Leadership

Good support for all our questions. Read complete answers.

Our Melbourne

Our Melbourne agree in general that council should fund and build a bike network along lines suggested by Melbourne BUG. They express qualified support for other objectives, such as speed limits, using some on-street parking space for bike facilities and reservations about the East West Tollway. Read complete answers.

Morgan-Elliot Team

Lead Councillor Jackie Watts supports at least maintaining current funding for bicycle projects and supports the level of progress suggested by Melbourne BUG. She gives qualified support for reallocation of space from cars to bikes, speed limit reductions, and making a better environment in the Little Streets. The East West tollway should only be considered after building the Doncaster rail and Melbourne Metro tunnel. Councillor Watts in her short time on Council has been supportive of bike projects. Read complete answers.

Gary Singer – John So Melbourne Living

Good support for the bike budget and qualified support for general level of progress. Good understanding of the potential of Melbourne's little streets. Support for building the East West tollway as a tunnel. Support for 40km/h speed limits in the CBD but not aware that 30km/h is the evidence-based speed for safety of vulnerable road users where cars, pedestrians and bicycles mix. Qualified support for a helmet law exemption for Melbourne Bike Share. Councillor Ong has had some queries about cyclists during his term on council but has nevertheless been prepared to support the budget and projects throughout and showed an admirable willingness to engage in a constructive dialogue, with good outcomes. Read complete answers.

Team Doyle

As Lord Mayor for the current council, Robert Doyle has been prepared to support the important projects and progress that have taken place over the last few years. In the context of a consensus council, in which no group had a majority, Doyle was prepared to listen and compromise, with good results, even where his own policy directions had to be put aside. Given this election policy and questionnaire responses, we hope for a similar scenario in the new council. This is the only response not to commit to maintaining this year's bike budget in the next term of council. Team Doyle cites the council's Bike Plan as policy, gives qualified support for transfer of road space to bicycles subject to the effect on "existing road users" and supports the East West tollway. Read complete answers.

No response

Of the Lord Mayor candidates, Forward Together and Put Public First did not respond to Melbourne BUG. Of the councillor-only tickets, no response was received from Stephen Mayne and Residents First. You can read candidates' statements at the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

Melbourne BUG's indicative works program

We didn't ask candidates to commit to exactly these projects, just the overall level of progress they represent. Actual routes and treatments need a careful design and consultation process. The important thing is to create a connected network of safe routes that can get you anywhere in the City.

Physically separated lanes

  • St Kilda Rd all the way to St Kilda Junction
  • Flemington Road
  • Royal Parade
  • Clarendon St north of Whiteman St, and Spencer St
  • Flinders Street
  • Albert St completed from Punt Rd to Spring St

On road lanes:

  • Upgrades to Footscray Rd and Dynon Rd bike lanes, including better conditions on bridges at Maribyrnong River and Moonee Ponds Creek.
  • Spring St or Exhibition St from Flinders to LaTrobe
  • Bike lanes from the corner of Spring St and Latrobe St through Carlton Gardens to Canning St, alternatively a safe link from Canning Street to Albert St.
  • William St permanent bike lanes
  • Grattan St
  • Connections from Brunswick St, Napier St, Smith St and Wellington St (Fitzroy & Collingwood) through to Albert St.
  • Bike lanes in Wellington Parade (East Melbourne – probable loss of a travel lane both ways or some parking)
 Posted by at 3:54 pm
Aug 212012
 

The next twelve months will see some major projects in the City of Melbourne. This article summarises these projects and their benefits. This year will see more improvements than the last several years added together. This is happening because City Councillors backed Melbourne BUG's call for a budget of $5 million for bike projects, and the City's engineers came up with an excellent capital works program to make the best use of the funds.

Most exciting of all is the prospect of increasing the number of people using bikes to get around the City as a result of these works. If you are reading this you probably already ride, but isn't it great to think that more people can share the benefits that you already know about? So, what are these projects that are going to get more bike trips and improve things for us all?

Princes Bridge and St Kilda Road

The flagship project is Princes Bridge and St Kilda Road. Bikes are already about 40% of vehicles on Princes Bridge during peak hour. The City plans to make one car lane in each direction into a physically separated bike lane on the bridge. Outbound, the separated lane will go as far as South Bank Boulevard. Inbound, alongside the Art Gallery and Arts Centre, no physical separation, so the design of this stretch still needs to be watched. (We wrote about this in our "media watch" section recently). This part of St Kilda Road has been identified as a "bike black spot" for several years, and at last big steps are planned to fix it. Another benefit is the restoration of wide footpaths on both sides of the bridge to pedestrians – we won't need the segregated footpath and it will be removed. South of South Bank Boulevard needs separated lanes as well, and we eagerly await completion of the St Kilda Road master plan, currently being worked on by the City.

La Trobe Street

The other big project is La Trobe Street – physically separated lanes along the entire street from Spencer Street to Spring Street. So many connections are made that we can start to see the beginnings of a connected network – where you can travel on good facilities all the way. At the western end, La Trobe Street crosses down to Docklands over the bridge. Other connections include the William St bike lanes, Swanston Street, Rathdowne Street and proposed part time (peak hour) clearway lanes in Exhibition Street (that's another project this year). There will eventually be a connection east to the Albert Street lanes, but this is pending a few other issues including sorting out the bus route, so we hope this connection can be made in the following year's projects. The BUG believes that no solution will be found to the lack of a route down Nicholson Street and instead a bike path should go through the Carlton Gardens from the corner of La Trobe, Spring and Victoria Streets, up the center to the big fountain, around the front of the Exhibition Buildings (this area is used by motor vehicles already) and then up to Canning Street. Council is still holding the line against bikes in the Gardens, but we don't see any better solution. We are also proposing to connect La Trobe Street to Albert Street via the top part of Spring Street and to complete the Albert Street lanes through to Spring Street.

Exhibition Street

Mentioned above are the part-time (peak hour) bike lanes for Exhibition Street. These are still being designed, so watch this space for details as the proposal is developed. It will be critical to stop cars from parking in the bike lanes if they are to work safely. Coming in from (e.g.) Rathdowne Street or from the Yarra River via the toll bridge, you will be able to use the peak hour bike lane to get into the City. 

Elizabeth Street

Another important project is in Elizabeth Street between the Haymarket roundabout and Victoria Street. This is the wide part of Elizabeth Street which can well afford space for good quality bike lanes. The outbound lanes (up the hill) will be physically separated, kerbside lanes (excellent) but the current proposal for inbound lanes is on the dangerous side of the parked cars. The issue seems to be that Council is not willing to use a red arrow to regulate left-turning cars at Queensberry Street and Victoria Street to allow bikes to go straight ahead with safety. You can see a partial example of this "red arrow on left" already in action if you travel south down Elizabeth Street and watch at the corner with Victoria Street. Council just needs to extend this idea to protect cyclists and pedestrians from turning traffic, leaving plenty of time for left turns to happen during the period when the reverse direction (right turn into Elizabeth Street) is controlled by green arrows.

Other projects

Other projects include improvements in Clarendon Street East Melbourne (to the existing bike lanes); along the Yarra downstream of Web Bridge towards Fishermen's Bend; connecting the separated lanes in Cecil St South Melbourne across the tram lines to join the existing shared path that follows the Port Melbourne tram line and improvements to the connection between St Kilda Road and the Yarra (southbank) path behind the boat sheds area.

So these are very good projects and will be money well spent. Hopefully the resulting increase in cycling numbers will encourage the City and importantly the State Government to join up more gaps in the network. Roads like Flemington Road, Royal Parade, Grattan Street, Flinders Street, Spencer Street and the Clarendon Street bridge all need to be brought into the safe bike network. Have we missed any in that list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 Posted by at 3:25 am
Aug 012012
 

While it was a great shame not to have demerit points included, the increase in dooring penalties is an example of what people who care about bike riding, safety and liveable streets, can do when we unite as a group. The media coverage from the dooring inquiry was, in Melbourne at least, in itself a great awareness raising exercise. Thankyou to Greg Barber MLC for introducing the dooring bill that gave rise to the inquiry. Thanks also to everyone who wrote to politicians and papers, made submissions to the inquiry (there were 94!!), came to the Get Pushy rally and attended the hearings. 

The final parliamentary hearing into dooring was standing room only as bike groups like the Amy Gillett Foundation, Bicycle Victoria and community members such as the family of dooring victim James Cross, Andrew Tivendale, ordinary bike riders and friends came to speak and listen, support each other and make their voices heard. The presentation from James Cross' parents, Dr Michael Cross and Dr Nicola Martin, was especially impressive, and we've attached the link in case you want to have a read.

Every so often you get a great leader who makes positive change, but in many cases politicians, especially this government, won't take any action (like for example spending more than $0 on safe bike infrastructure!!) unless pushed. We've noticed bike riders are getting a bit more PUSHY as they see what's possible, and we encourage you to keep telling your stories to politicians, telling them about infrastructure that's unsafe or just ridiculous (get photos and videos), and uniting with bike-minded people and sympathetic friends where you can. Melbourne has the potential to become a real bike city, and if we work together, we can make it happen. It might be an uphill battle, but we're used to that ūüėČ 

In the meantime, keep enjoying those beautiful bike rides.

 Posted by at 9:18 pm
Jul 102012
 

The state seat of Melbourne is vacant following the resignation of the sitting member.  The seat of Melbourne covers approximately the same area as the City of Melbourne. The by-election will be held on Saturday 21 July 2012. 

About the Melbourne BUG bike survey

Melbourne BUG has tested by-election candidates on their commitment to a range of bike transport proposals to make cycling safer and easier, and encourage more people to get on their bike. These include setting the bike budget at 2-3% of road spending (around $40 million), building separated bike lanes in St Kilda and Flemington roads, fixing Shepherd Bridge and Dynon Road, introducing 30 km/h speed limits and exempting the Melbourne Bike Share from mandatory helmet laws. The full list of questions is below, and a summary table is available here .

Analysis of responses

A summary talbe can be viewed here .Of the main contenders, only Greens candidate Cathy Oke answered the survey questions. Labor candidate Jennifer Kanis declined to respond to the questions, stating that the proposals would be better considered as part of the 2014 state election.

Cathy Oke supported all initiatives except the helmet law exemption for Melbourne Bike Share. Ms Oke also highlighted her achievements as a Melbourne City Councillor, including removing cars from Swanston Street and securing $5.6 million dollars for bikes in the City of Melbourne's 2012-13 budget. As part of Ms Oke's by-election campaign, the Greens committed to matching the City of Melbourne's bike funding for the electorate of Melbourne and to introducing a vulnerable road user law. The Greens do not however have a fully developed state bicycle plan.

Labor candidate Jennifer Kanis acknowledged that the proposals were 'important and good practical ideas' but said they were better considered in the 2014 state election, when Labor will have developed a state bicycle policy. Labor has not made any bike-related commitments or released any bike transport policies during the by-election campaign. Ms Kanis outlined the previous Labor Government's cycling achievements, including its record investment in bike infrastructure and the introduction of guidelines requiring that cycling be considered as part of new roads and public transport projects.

Independent candidate Stephen Mayne responded too late to include in our media release but has been included on our summary page.  Of the other independents, Adrian Whitehead demonstrated the best understanding of cycling issues, and Berhan Ahmed also responded thoughtfully. John Perkins supported most of the proposals but did not give further details. Australian Christian Party candidate Maria Bengtsson expressed an interest in proposals but did not offer an informed response. David Nolte did not respond to the survey but published a policy on his own website. While not hostile to encouraging cycling for transport he showed a lack of knowledge of the issues.  Fiona Patten also lacked knowledge of most of the issues but supported some proposals. The remainder of the candidates have not responded.

The proposals

MBUG asked candidates to indicate support, non support or partial support for the following proposals, with provision for comments:

1. Annual bike spending of 2-3% of road spending (or about 40 million)

2. A physically separated bike lane on St Kilda Rd from Southbank Boulevard to St Kilda Junction

3. A physically separated bike lane along Flinders Street from Spring to Spencer Streets. 

4. A physically separated two-way bicycle route along the western side of Clarendon Street, the Clarendon Street Bridge over the Yarra river and along Spencer Street to LaTrobe Street

5. A physically separated bike lane along Flemington Road from Alexander Road to the Haymarket Roundabout

6. An upgrade of Dynon Road to fix safety issues for cyclists and create a high quality route to the north and west of the City from the West

7. A redesign of Shepherd's Bridge over the Maribyrnong River at the western end of the Footscray Road path

8.  Rebuild Haymarket Roundabout for safety.  

9. 30km/h speed limits: 

  • In the CBD
  • Around schools, residential areas and shopping zones

10. Exemption to mandatory helmet law for the Melbourne Bike Share.

More detail on the proposals, and candidate's full answers, with comments

You can view each individual survey on the survey page.

 Posted by at 9:43 am
Jun 272012
 

Cycling plan for CBD and surrounds: have your say!

Submissions for the¬† City of Melbourne’s Draft Bicycle Plan close on Monday 2 July and we encourage you to make your own submission before then. It doesn’t have to be detailed, just let them know the¬† main thoughts you have about your trips around the city.

You can make a submission by

What we’re thinking so far

The draft bike plan includes some excellent projects, including separated bike lanes on Latrobe Street from Victoria Street to Adderley Street, separated bike lanes along Princes Bridge, bike lanes to close the gap between the Royal Parade/Flemington Road, a separated bike route southbound on St Kilda Road to Southbank Boulevard, and a peak hour bike route in some parts of Exhibition Street. There are also commitments to work with Vicroads on bike lanes in the Principal Bike Network, including on St Kilda Road south of Southbank Boulevard, Flemington Road and Royal Parade, although, as you probably know, the state government hasn’t provided any funding for these this year.

Of course, there are plenty of opportunities for improvement in the bike plan which is why we encourage you to let them know. We’re still finalising our submission (due to being busy with the rally last week!), but here are some points we’re going to raise in case you’re looking for ideas:

  • There’s no plan for Clarendon Bridge, which is currently pretty horrific for cyclists and connects to two high-quality routes that bring bikes to the city
  • The plan commits to an investigation into the ‘smaller streets’ but with no detail (timeframe, actions involved, specific streets involved) We’d like to see the plan include a commitment to a feasibility study for converting one or more of the Little Streets to spaces for non-motorised transport – by removing parking, restricting throughfare traffic, reducing speed limits to 20km/h, and making it a shared space for bikes and peds
  • Lack of connections from Canning Street onto Nicholson/Spring Street. We’d like to see two priority routes for bikes through the Carlton Gardens
  • The peak hour bike lane on Exhibition Street is a good start, but we’d like it to be a full-time bike lane – peak hour is not the only time cyclists travel
  • There are a number of hairy intersections in Elgin Street that need to be fixed (Nicholson, Brunswick, Lygon)
  • The plan includes very little about the Melbourne Bikeshare, which is languishing. Melbourne BUG would like to see a number of improvements to this, including a helmet-law exemption for riders using the Bikeshare.
  • The plan includes a list of investigations with no timeframe or actions specified. For many of these, it is not clear why they have been classified as investigations rather than commitments. One example of this is Grattan Street, where we believe there’s room for a separated bike lane, but the plan only commits to engaging with stakeholders about a bike/bus route
  • The various investigations into East-West links in the plan include an investigation into a bike lane on Flinders Street, a Yarra River Corridor study, and an investigation into the Little Streets, but there’s no detail about how these studies will be coordinated to ensure a sensible outcome
  • We’d like to see more detail on integration of bike routes with public transport, with actions included to improve cycling routes to railway stations and between railway stations
  • The plan should include more action items for the installation of bike hoops and corrals. The council’s Transport Strategy made some firm commitments about this but they are not included in the bike plan
  • We’d like to see the council commit to achieving 30km/h speeds through speed limits and traffic calming, which is the rate at which the chance of deaths and injuries rapidly declines
  • The plan should include a detailed set of actions to ensure that cyclists are looked after during temporary works

OK,¬† nowit’s your turn to make a submission!

 Posted by at 8:59 am
Jun 212012
 

Brilliant  turnout at the Bike Budget today considering the weather gods conspired against us. We reckon there would have been about four times more people had the weather prevailed. But the fact that we had enough people there to fill the whole Flinders Street intersection shows just how much people care about this issue.

Thanks to everyone who showed up, those who organised group rides, Bicycle Victoria and the many cycling groups and friends who helped fire up the troops! Here’s a photo. You look good!


Couldn’t make it? There are plenty of other things you can do to make your voice heard. You can email our premier ted.baillieu@parliament.vic.gov.au right now and tell him what you think.¬† You can write to your local member, visit your local member, join your local Bicycle User Group, start a local campaign, or get in touch with us (contact form on our website at www.melbournebug.org). And you can sign up for our email updates (enter your email address in the right hand panel), ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

If you write to the Premier, ask him to fund these projects:

  • Physically separated lanes in St Kilda Rd from the Junction to the City
  • Bike lanes in Flinders Street and Spencer St, and across the Clarendon Street Bridge into the City.
  • Footscray Road bike bridge at Maribyrnong River (Shepherds Bridge)
  • Physically separated lanes in Flemington Road and Royal Parade

This campaign has only just started, and there’ll be plenty of other opportunities to get involved.

Well done everyone! Should be some coverage in the media today/tonight.

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 Posted by at 11:27 am
Jun 072012
 

With its Zero Budget for bikes, the Baillieu Government has made it clear that if bike riders don’t get pushy, we’ll get nothing!

On Thursday 21 June from 7.30‚Äď8.30 am outside Victorian Parliament, riders will gather to rally for the state government to Bring Back the Bike Budget.

Background: The state government has allocated practically zero to bike infrastructure in its 2012-13 budget. This means serious safety issues will continue, and new riders continue to be discouraged by hostile conditions.

Why taking action might make a difference:¬†There’s always more money if they’re pushed hard enough; it’s happened before. We also need to show them we won’t take this lying down so that bike riders don’t get burned in the next year’s budget too!

HELP BY PUTTING UP OUR CAMPAIGN POSTER: Download our campaign poster here (pictured below at bottom of this post). Print it off, and stick it up at your workplace, on your bike routes, at your school or uni, at cafes, wherever! You can also print off this leaflet to give out.

JOIN US ON A GROUP RIDE!

The Victorian Bicycle User Groups (and friends) are organising cyclists to ride in together in groups from all sides of the city. Meeting places so far are:

South Yarra: 7:00am Main Yarra Trail, Cnr Chapel Street & Alexandra Avenue‚ÄĒnear the bus stop, Facebook invite here.

Richmond: 7:00am Elizabeth Street and Church Street‚ÄĒoutside the commission flats, organised by Julez.

Brighton: 6:45am Corner of Bay Street and Nepean Highway, travelling along the Nepean Highway and St Kilda Road, organised by Richard Syme.

North Melbourne 7:00am North Melbourne pool, 1 Macaulay Rd. Coordinated by Melbourne Bicycle User Group.

Footscray Leaving at 7:00am, Opposite Footscray Police Station, 66 Hyde Street. Coordinated by Ant.

Coburg: 6:30am Coburg Railway Station. Coordinated by @DannoPants. Facebook event here.

East Brunswick: 7.00am, Outside Cafe L’Amour (next to Gelobar), 76 Lygon St (Cafe L’Amour will be open for coffee) – coordinated by Moreland Bicycle User Group. Facebook invite here.

Carlton: 7.00am Outside Dan O’Connell Hotel, Corner Princes and Canning Streets – coordinated by Yarra Bicycle Users Group. Facebook invite here.

Northcote 7.00am, Jika Jika Community Centre, Corner Plant and Union Streets – coordinated by Darebin Bicycle User Group

If you’re riding in from East or South and can help lead a group, please send us a message via the contact form (or on Facebook or Twitter). All we need is a place and a time and we will help promoting it.

HELP US PROMOTE THE RALLY  Рsome ideas 

1) Put up posters

Download a printable PDF copy of the poster pictured below here. Print it off and put it EVERYWHERE! Work bike cages, schools, poles on major bike route are a good place to start.

2) Tell your friends

Send around a group email (you can just copy and paste from this post) asking to your friends who care about cyclists’ safety, and ask them to forward it on too! Try and lock in one or two good friends to ride in with you.

On the morning of the rally, send a text message to your friends to remind them it’s on!

3) Tell your workmates, fellow students, etc 

See above!

 

 Posted by at 10:57 am