Safe Cycling Corridor Pilot

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Council is exploring design options for a Safe Cycling Corridor on Inkerman Road via undertaking the Steps outlined below. You can read more about where we are up to be reviewing the News Feed at the bottom of this page.


STEP 1 Selection of corridor scenarios (February to March) - CURRENTLY UNDERWAY

  • Identification of priority corridor scenarios;
  • Confirmation of corridor scenarios for further exploration

STEP 2 Development of draft plans for the Corridor (March to May)

  • Development of a preliminary draft plan
  • Technical analysis of a draft plan
  • Finalise a draft plan for consultation

STEP 3 Undertake consultation (June-August)

  • Seek community feedback on a draft plan for the Corridor
  • Review feedback
  • Present feedback and recommendations to Council

To support this work, Council is engaging a range of stakeholders. In Steps 1 and 2, these include:

  • A Community Reference Group with membership of local community members
  • A Technical Advisory Group with government and interest group membership
  • Meetings local traders and organisation representatives
  • Meetings with Council’s Strategic Transport Advisory Committee

In Step 3, local residents and the wider community will be invited to have a say on a draft Plan.

Read more about the steps to design process by accessing the Report to Council on the design process.


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The Safe Cycling Corridor Pilot Community Reference Group

Council sought expressions of interest to join a Community Reference Group from February to November 2019. Applications were received from 67 community members. All applications were assessed against Terms of Reference for the Community Reference Group. Council formally endorsed shortlisted candidates during Council Meeting 4 February. The Group has an advisory role, to share views, experiences and perspectives that will assist in informing the development of draft plans for the Corridor.

Technical Advisory Group

Council has invited representatives from government and interest group stakeholders to participate in a group that will provide advice on a strategic level. These stakeholders include, Department of Transport, Port Phillip Council, Yarra Trams and Bicycle Network.

Meetings with local traders and organisation representatives

Council will seek to engage with representatives and traders located along Inkerman and Normanby Roads as well as local interest groups. Individual interviews will be sought with these representatives, to ensure design options for the corridor are informed by the ciritical input of these stakeholders.

Strategic Transport Advisory Committee

Council’s Strategic Transport Advisory Committee (STAC) consists of 3 councillors and 4 community members and supports Council’s strategic transport activities. The STAC will be engaged to consider input on design options put forward by other stakeholder groups, and to make recommendations.

Read more about these groups by accessing the Report to Council on the design process.


BACKGROUND TO THE SAFE CYCLING CORRIDOR PILOT

In early 2019, Council engaged with residents on the opportunity for a Safe Cycling Corridor along Inkerman Road in Caulfield North. During this consultation, Council heard a range of views, including the need for more information.

Council listened to this feedback and undertook an exploration of four alternative route options for the corridor, collected in a Safe Cycling Corridor Pilot Corridor Assessment Report. These options included; Dandenong Road, Inkerman Road – Alma Road (two-way), Alma Road eastbound and Inkerman Road westbound (one-way); and Inkerman Road.

Route options were assessed against three critieria

  • Safety for Cyclists
  • Impact on the Neighbourhood
  • Feasibility of Construction

The criteria were further broken down into a range of sub-criteria, with significant data gathered against each, including traffic counts, current use by cyclists, number of crashes recorded along each route, the levels of parking demand and more. You can access the report that presents this information, via the important documents section to the right.

Over September and early October 2019, Council sought input from the community and stakeholders on the route options. Council considered this input, data and research, in December 2019 and made a decision to progress an exploration of Inkerman Road.

Council is exploring design options for a Safe Cycling Corridor on Inkerman Road via undertaking the Steps outlined below. You can read more about where we are up to be reviewing the News Feed at the bottom of this page.


STEP 1 Selection of corridor scenarios (February to March) - CURRENTLY UNDERWAY

  • Identification of priority corridor scenarios;
  • Confirmation of corridor scenarios for further exploration

STEP 2 Development of draft plans for the Corridor (March to May)

  • Development of a preliminary draft plan
  • Technical analysis of a draft plan
  • Finalise a draft plan for consultation

STEP 3 Undertake consultation (June-August)

  • Seek community feedback on a draft plan for the Corridor
  • Review feedback
  • Present feedback and recommendations to Council

To support this work, Council is engaging a range of stakeholders. In Steps 1 and 2, these include:

  • A Community Reference Group with membership of local community members
  • A Technical Advisory Group with government and interest group membership
  • Meetings local traders and organisation representatives
  • Meetings with Council’s Strategic Transport Advisory Committee

In Step 3, local residents and the wider community will be invited to have a say on a draft Plan.

Read more about the steps to design process by accessing the Report to Council on the design process.


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MORE INFORMATION ON STAKEHOLDER GROUPS

The Safe Cycling Corridor Pilot Community Reference Group

Council sought expressions of interest to join a Community Reference Group from February to November 2019. Applications were received from 67 community members. All applications were assessed against Terms of Reference for the Community Reference Group. Council formally endorsed shortlisted candidates during Council Meeting 4 February. The Group has an advisory role, to share views, experiences and perspectives that will assist in informing the development of draft plans for the Corridor.

Technical Advisory Group

Council has invited representatives from government and interest group stakeholders to participate in a group that will provide advice on a strategic level. These stakeholders include, Department of Transport, Port Phillip Council, Yarra Trams and Bicycle Network.

Meetings with local traders and organisation representatives

Council will seek to engage with representatives and traders located along Inkerman and Normanby Roads as well as local interest groups. Individual interviews will be sought with these representatives, to ensure design options for the corridor are informed by the ciritical input of these stakeholders.

Strategic Transport Advisory Committee

Council’s Strategic Transport Advisory Committee (STAC) consists of 3 councillors and 4 community members and supports Council’s strategic transport activities. The STAC will be engaged to consider input on design options put forward by other stakeholder groups, and to make recommendations.

Read more about these groups by accessing the Report to Council on the design process.


BACKGROUND TO THE SAFE CYCLING CORRIDOR PILOT

In early 2019, Council engaged with residents on the opportunity for a Safe Cycling Corridor along Inkerman Road in Caulfield North. During this consultation, Council heard a range of views, including the need for more information.

Council listened to this feedback and undertook an exploration of four alternative route options for the corridor, collected in a Safe Cycling Corridor Pilot Corridor Assessment Report. These options included; Dandenong Road, Inkerman Road – Alma Road (two-way), Alma Road eastbound and Inkerman Road westbound (one-way); and Inkerman Road.

Route options were assessed against three critieria

  • Safety for Cyclists
  • Impact on the Neighbourhood
  • Feasibility of Construction

The criteria were further broken down into a range of sub-criteria, with significant data gathered against each, including traffic counts, current use by cyclists, number of crashes recorded along each route, the levels of parking demand and more. You can access the report that presents this information, via the important documents section to the right.

Over September and early October 2019, Council sought input from the community and stakeholders on the route options. Council considered this input, data and research, in December 2019 and made a decision to progress an exploration of Inkerman Road.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Where exactly are the proposed cycling lanes on Dandenong rd meant to be located? In the centre of the road near tram line or near the footpath on the Glen Eira side.

    RochelleRozental asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for the question. For the corridor assessment of Dandenong Road, four potential locations of cycling lanes are explored. A cycling corridor using Dandenong Road could be exclusively one of these options, or a combination.

    The four options explored in the report are:

    1. A two-way cycle lane on the south side of the tram tracks in the central median (tram reserve).

    2. A one-way cycle lane on either side of the tram tracks in the central median (tram reserve).

    3. A two-way cycle lane in the southern carriageway (city-bound) of Dandenong Road in the outer lane (the lane closest to the footpath).

    4. A two-way cycle lane in the southern carriageway (city-bound) of Dandenong Road in the inner lane (the lane closest to the central median).

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    Can you please give a breakdown on what the $300,000 has been spent on this year and what the budgeted $400,000 is for in the next financial year? Report only says capital works. Does this mean only consulting or actual works?

    L664 asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for the question. The $300,000 in allocated funds in 2018-19 was for the first stage exploration of two Integrated Transport Strategy pilot projects; the Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood (Coatesville) and the Safe Cycling Corridor. Of these funds, a third was allocated to the Safe Cycling Corridor project for:

    -  Community consultation.

    -  Initial data collection and technical study (the infrastructure of the corridor such as drainage systems).

    During this stage, the scope of the project changed to include an additional study of further corridor options and therefore there was an overspend of this budget to include:

    -  Alternate corridor data collection such as traffic and parking counts.

    -  Additional community consultation.

    -  The alternate options assessment report to be presented in September 2019.

    The $400,000 in allocated funds in 2019-20 was for the next stage of the Safe Cycling Corridor pilot project; which included detailed designs, community consultation and feedback on designs, then initial implementation. A detailed construction budget would then follow.

    However, as the scope has since changed, this allocation will be modified depending on the results of the additional corridor assessments and community engagement process.

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    Our rates aren't being used for what will impact our lives in a posative and effective way..such as the footpath at the end of Labassa Grove that has been a tripping hazard for a decade. Why does council expect rate payers to pay for the SCC if we won't use it and it will only inconvenience us and cause further congestion.? I have marked the date and year of the next elections so we won't miss voting you ALL OUT OF OFFICE.

    Kaza asked 12 months ago

    Council is listening to community views on this project and understand there are a range of perspectives. We will be engaging further following completion of the exploration into the four potential Corridor routes. When the report is completed and presented to Council, all residents will be invited to provide their feedback. Thank you for alerting us to the potential safety hazard on Labassa Grove. We have put through a request to our Works Depot to investigate. If you would like to follow the progress of this request, or provide further details, please email us at cityfutures@gleneira.vic.gov.au

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    Does Dandenong Road option consider running along the South side. This allows bikes to enter easier from Glen Eira. Left turns from Dandenong across bike lanes at smaller streets could be restricted during peak hours. Between Chapel and St Kilda Road, an elevated bike path could be used. This would be the main engineering and then avoids the crossover of traffic and trams. VicRoads or other State initiative would need to Fund this stretch.

    Inkerman_Resident asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for the question. Possible configurations for a Dandenong route are being explored as part of the collection of information on the four route options. We will be seeking community views on these options when a report is presented in September. 

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    At the Community Information evening at the end of January, we were asked to fill in a questionnaire about the Cycling Pilot. After 11 weeks, I am still waiting for a response. When can I expect the courtesy of an answer to my questions and concerns?

    joannegubieski asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your query and patience. We are seeking to respond as soon as we can with the information that is currently available at this stage in the process. A document with the questions asked in February, together with answers has been uploaded to the document library of this page.


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    Could you please post links to all the documents related to the Inkerman safe cycling corridor on this web page? These includes relevant reports in the council minutes, any new reports on Inkerman or alternatives, etc.

    Simone S asked about 1 year ago

    Please see the document library on the homepage for a range of documents related to the project. Background information on the Integrated Transport Strategy can be found on Council's website here.

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    Where will residents and visitors to Inkerman Road park if the scheme goes ahead? What thought has been given to parking in the case of elderly or disabled people who live in the street or are visiting, or mums with babies and young children, or simply people with shopping?

    Inkerman resident asked 12 months ago

    The Integrated Transport Strategy acknowledges that for many people, driving is the only option. With this in mind, we will be considering the impacts on parking and what this will mean for the community.

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    What’s the point of asking a question if they are not answered? What is the expected time to receive a reply?

    L664 asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for the question and your patience. Council is currently receiving a high volume of queries and we are endeavouring to respond, where the information is available, as soon as we can.

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    What has the council got to say if the state government isn’t funding the corridor as reported below. Will the council be fully funding this pilot? “Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) (17:15:55): (681) The matter I wish to raise is for the Minister for Roads. Minister, I refer you to the proposed bike highway running along Inkerman Road, Caulfield North. The route was identified as a strategic corridor by VicRoads, designed to connect the state government cycling routes along the Pakenham train line—that is under the sky rail build—to Caulfield station and a future bike path running along St Kilda Road to the CBD. In the current budget the government has allocated $27.3 million for the St Kilda Road bike path. In the correspondence that we have had on this issue, where the minister declined to meet me and the Glen Eira council, you advised me that the funding of the Inkerman Road bike path will fall to local ratepayers. Local Caulfield residents do not believe that they should be the ones funding a bike path upgrade which is designed to join up to state government bike paths along a strategic cycling corridor as identified by VicRoads. There is also some contention around the actual route and where the route is going. I note that when I wrote to the minister I suggested that Dandenong Road would be a suitable alternative and would certainly do a great job in linking the St Kilda Road corridor, with its $27.3 million funding, to a road that would run alongside the tramline on Dandenong Road. The minister has so far rejected that option, and we would again request that we meet. The action that I am really seeking today is to ensure that regardless of the route there is sufficient funding for this project, that funding is made available by the state government and the cost is not left to be borne by local ratepayers.”

    L664 asked 12 months ago

    At this stage, no decisions have been made. We are currently reviewing options as part of our exploration of potential routes for the Corridor. A key criteria for our assessment is feasibility which includes costs and funding.

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    Now that there is plenty of awareness regarding the proposal to have a Bike Corridor in the area, Council should take the opportunity to send a survey out to all residents regarding their use of bikes. And likelihood of taking up more biking with a corridor through the area. Riding to work is a key factor in the numbers being proposed. So should ask if people who are not riding to work now will be using it. Happy for my kids to use it locally but corridor is not a factor as they need to veer off the streets wherever they are going unless it’s the The Inkerman pub which they are not ready for anyway.

    Inkerman_Resident asked 12 months ago

    Following the presentation of the comprehensive report in September, there will be opportunity for the community to provide its feedback on the four route options. There will also be further community engagement through the project at various stages.

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    The premise for the cycling corridor is safety for cyclists &, whilst that is important, by removing parking on Inkerman road you will now endanger another group of people - Those that either live on Inkerman Rd without adequate parking or those visiting. If all parking or even half the parking is removed - just where do you propose those cars actually go? Do you really think people will trade in their cars for bikes? - If they could do without their cars, they wouldn't own them in the first place! If all the current cars on Inkerman rd need to find alternative parking where do you think they will go?- to the already full side streets? to Balaclava RD? to Alma Rd? This will mean walking far distance in the dark - how safe is that? Then where exactly are the people who visit residents on Inkerman rd supposed to park - or are we not entitled to have visitors? There is a proposal to build a cycle path next to the trams on St Kilda rd as is it was deemed not safe for cyclists to use the current bike paths due to traffic coming from side streets - how then is it now safe to have a cycling corridor on a street that not only has many side streets but many driveways. It is just not logical.The logical cycling corridor would be as mentioned - next to the tram on Dandenong Rd- just follow the principle of the future one down St Kilda RDAs a side issue - I bought my apartment over a year ago on Inkerman rd & certainly would not have if there would have been no on street parking available

    ruth1 asked 12 months ago

    Our aim is to make alternative transport modes more attractive to those who can travel in other ways, with the intention that this will result in fewer car trips, thus helping to reduce the growth of congestion on our roads. The philosophy behind our Integrated Transport Strategy acknowledges that for many people, driving is the only option. With this in mind, we will be considering the impacts on parking and what this will mean for the community.

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    Given Inkerman is a bottleneck at Hotham Street during Jewish school drop off and pick ups how do you plan on making this work - currently care cannot turn right from hotham into the school so just come from Inkerman st. If there are not too Lanes car traffic here the traffic lane will build up to a carpark. What is your solution for this?

    Equalityfordisabled asked 12 months ago

    As part of the further studies into the Safe Cycling Corridor options, we will be undertaking traffic studies and analysis. Impacts on traffic, side streets and destinations along the routes will be considered.

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    I noticed you only evaluated Tuesday at 7pm and sat morning at 10. 7pm many people are at sports training or coming home from work - 9pm is a better example of how hard parking is. Saturday morning people are out at work and sports or market shopping. Sunday at 8am would give a better indication of parking issues. Will you do a more rigerous survey or parking for this next report?

    Equalityfordisabled asked 12 months ago

    Yes, we will be undertaking a comprehensive parking and traffic study as part of the alternate report on the four Safe Cycling Corridor routes. This will be over multiple days and times. The updated results will be released when presented to Council in September 2019.

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    It has been decided to build a safe cycle path next to the tram on St Kilda rd as it wasn’t safe along the road due to cars entering from side streets How then is it safe to have a cycle corridor on Inkerman rd with lots of side streets & lots of driveways ??? The Dandenong rd option is more in line with St Kilda rd!!!

    ruth1 asked about 1 year ago

    We are currently doing a comprehensive study of four route options for the safe cycling corridor pilot, with Dandenong Road being one of them. Once this study has been presented to Council, you will have the opportunity to formally provide feedback on the route options.

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    Describe how you will own the potential parking problem for the residents and businesses on Inkerman Road. Describe how you will protect cyclists from cars entering and leaving their driveways on Inkerman road. Will this be compatible with continuing normal residential occupancy on Inkerman Road?

    nrafael asked about 1 year ago

    Council will be undertaking an analysis of potential corridor options to link the Caulfield Station Precinct and St Kilda Road. For this reason, the potential impacts on car parking are unknown, and will be considered in further stages of the project.

    Similarly, further analysis will need to be conducted to assess how to minimise conflict points between cyclists and drivers entering/exiting their driveways. The presence of numerous residential driveways is a difficult issue to successfully resolve, as such, there are currently limited examples in Melbourne where a safe cycling path has been installed adjacent to numerous driveways. This is one of the key reasons that this project is considered a ‘pilot’ project. 

    It is worth noting that this risk with driveways applies to most streets within Glen Eira (including those with painted un-separated bike lanes such as Inkerman Road & Alma Road) and indeed across Melbourne. While conflict with driveways would be ideally avoided, unfortunately, this is not always possible when serving residential areas such as in Glen Eira, and as such need to be appropriately managed.

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    If this page and project is still referred to as the “Inkerman Road Safe Cycling Corridor Project” why does Council seem disappointed that Inkerman Road residents are skeptical that other locations are really being considered?

    Inkerman_Resident asked about 1 year ago

    The project and ‘Have Your Say Page’ have been renamed to ‘Safe Cycling Corridor Pilot’. Council is now thoroughly exploring four routes to link the Caulfield Station Precinct and the St Kilda Road Corridor.

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    At the April 30th meeting, the interim report indicates another potential corridor thru Glen Eira has been proposed. When will this be shared with the community? In the final report on alternatives? When is the report due to be issued to the residents?

    Inkerman_Resident asked about 1 year ago

    The additional corridor option has been identified as part of the Draft Strategic Cycling Corridors that the State Government is currently developing. The Department of Transport has shared this alignment with Port Phillip and Glen Eira Councils to seek feedback. The corridor runs along Inkerman Road and Alma Road, via Orrong Crescent (two-way), and will be included in the final report that we aim to present to Council at the 3 September meeting.

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    What date will we know if the project will be going ahead and has been approved?

    Antonio897 asked about 1 year ago

    Over the next weeks, Council will be conducting a comprehensive analysis of four routes to link the Caulfield Station Precinct and the St Kilda Road Corridor. We are aiming to have the report completed and presented to Council at the 3 September 2019 meeting. 

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    As Council have indicated, they have commissioned a further parking survey. If the Orrong Cresent, Alma and/or Dandenong Road options are much of a consideration, are these also being included in the revised Parking Survey scope?

    Inkerman_Resident asked about 1 year ago

    Yes. Council will be conducting a comprehensive analysis of four routes to link the Caulfield Station Precinct and the St Kilda Road Corridor, which will include traffic and parking surveys.

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    Please explain the following Safety and Crash Analysis terms on page 14 of the Pilot Context document: Right-thru? Left-near adjacent? Left turn side swipe? Emerging from footpath? Thank you

    sim1oz asked about 1 year ago

    Please find below definitions for the terms.

    -  Right-thru: A driver (or cyclist) turning right crashes into a vehicle (or bicycle) travelling in the opposite direction

    -  Left-near adjacent: A driver (or cyclist) is turning left into an intersection, and another vehicle coming from the left crashes into the turning vehicle (or bicycle)

    -  Left turn side swipe: A driver (or cyclists) turns left and hits a vehicle (or bicycle) in the left lane that is travelling in the same direction, or is also turning left

    -  Emerging from footpath: A cyclist is emerging from the footpath and crashes with another vehicle.

    If you have any further questions, please contact the City Futures Team on 9524 3421.

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    When do you think your report will be finished at meeting last night was only mention in the future. So is there a date ?

    L664 asked about 1 year ago

    Due to the comprehensive analysis that will be undertaken on the four routes, we are aiming to have the report completed and presented to Council at the 3 September 2019 meeting.