Improving Cyclist Safety
The health and economic benefits of cycling are well known and ditching the car to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle and to be kinder to the environment has been heavily promoted across all media channels for some time.
In 2011 a former Lord Mayor stated that Melbourne was becoming “a true cycling city”. But more recently a 2017 article by Crikey published mode share of cycling to work percentages: 40% in Amsterdam, 34% in Utrecht, 24% in Eindhoven, 22% in Rotterdam, and 14% in The Hague. It’s just 2% in Melbourne and even less in Sydney. We still have a long way to go in reaching those international levels of cycling uptake – particularly Amsterdam where cycling occupies a cultural niche for the Dutch.
If there was one way to make cycling a more attractive option for Melburnians, it would be in building better cycling infrastructure. And that’s where Civilex comes in.
Civilex subcontracted to John Holland, is currently undertaking civil infrastructure works on Moray Street, South Melbourne as part of the Metro Tunnel Works. The Herald Sun reported that these works are changing the rules of road engagement for cyclists in the high traffic area. Drivers must now give way to pedestrians and cyclists on newly raised zebra crossings and cycling paths. The new roundabout at Moray and Dorcas Streets is open, while the Coventry Street roundabout will open in the next couple of weeks.
Civilex Project Manager Joe Hickey says, “We’re proud to be involved in this infrastructure upgrade providing cyclists, pedestrians and motorists an alternative route to St Kilda Road during the construction of the new Anzac Station. This is an incredibly busy intersection and the high traffic management required on site makes this a particularly complex project.” As previously published, Civilex is proud to have been involved in transforming Melbourne’s rail network alongside its contract companies.
Road infrastructure upgrades include wider lanes, new rumble strips, and better line markings. A special feature of the new bike paths are the wombat crossings – raised pedestrian crossings where the road ramps up to meet the level of crossing rather than the footpath typically dropping down to meet the road surface via a pram crossing. The key benefit of wombat crossings is that they limit the speed of vehicles using the crossing, thereby providing additional pedestrian – and now cyclists’ – safety.