Confusion for cyclists

Eugenie Stockmann on Bishopsgate Street. Picture: Martin Kennealey d419601
Eugenie Stockmann on Bishopsgate Street. Picture: Martin Kennealey d419601

Eugenie Stockmann has criticised the work completed by the Town of Victoria Park, saying it included new lanes that appeared to be for bicycles but were not, making them misleading and dangerous for both cyclists and motorists.

She said ‘death zone’ was a term commonly used by the cycling fraternity to describe roads and paths in the ‘dooring zone’, an area where cyclists could suddenly be confronted or hit by an opening car door.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the $465,000 improvements along Bishopsgate Street between Roberts Road and Archer Street ” reviewed and approved by Main Roads ” had sealed shoulders installed, but while they were not dedicated cycle lanes, cyclists could be expected to ride there.

He said vehicles could park on the shoulder unless parking signage indicated otherwise.

Ms Stockmann said there was a variety of cycling infrastructure being installed in the area but it was confusing for cyclists who had to determine what was and was not a cycle path by reading signs or looking at the colour of paths, which could be the same as a shoulder.

‘Along the section east of Roberts Road, you wonder where you are supposed to go,’ Ms Stockmann said.

‘There are points where the red paint simply stops in front of a kerb.

‘This is when you realise the road planners intended you go up the footpath a metre or two earlier to get around a traffic slowing point before getting back on the red painted section. The reality is that most cyclists will get on the road instead.’

Ms Stockmann said most cyclists did not use Bishopsgate Street but rode along Rutland Avenue.

‘The section between the train station and Great Eastern Highway along Rutland needs urgent attention,’ she said.

‘It is a narrow stretch where cars are allowed to travel at 60km/h.’

Mr Vaughan said work on Bishopsgate Street between Rutland Avenue and Roberts Road would have an exclusive cycle lane on both sides, signposted to Main Roads/Australian Standards and would be complete by the end of June .

‘Construction of a fully segregated principal shared path on the railway side road verge along Rutland Avenue will create a safer road environment for cyclists and other users,’ Mr Vaughan said.