Greens back plans for St Kilda Road bike lanes

Greens candidate for Melbourne Ellen Sandell has backed the City of Port Phillip’s call for ‘Copenhagen’ style separated bicycle lanes along St Kilda Road from Southbank to St Kilda.

“There’s nowhere in Melbourne as dangerous for cyclists as St Kilda Road leading in to the city - there are more cyclists hit by car doors here than anywhere else in Melbourne,” Ms Sandell said.

“There are more than 3100 cyclists on this road every day, and we’re supporting City of Port Phillip’s initiative to protect them from serious injury on our roads. 90% of serious injuries suffered by cyclists on St Kilda Road were caused by crashes with motor vehicles, and this initiative would drastically reduce those numbers.

“There’s so much research that tells us how good it is for individuals, for our city and for the environment when people leave their cars at home, but we need the infrastructure to keep up with the growing popularity of cycling.

“Port Phillip Council’s proposal highlights the problem of relying on VicRoads to provide safe cycling routes on major roads. The old parties needs to come to the party,” Ms Sandell said.

Contact Claire Harman - 0430 144 790

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