https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/disru ... th-closure
LXRP and VicRoads have done detours without any consultation with local cyclists.
The proposed detour routes fail to meet the needs of Upfield shared use path users:
- * adds substantially more distance and time to north-south travel, and LXRP substantially underestimate this extra time.
* adds additional cycling effort through change in elevation in comparison to the Upfield path.
* increases risk of collisions/accidents between cyclists and vehicles at numerous intersections
* increasees risk of accidents during poor light and at night, especially during commuting times in Winter
* does not provide for range of users. Not a solution for those with low level of on-road cycling confidence
* Public safety has not been adequately considered with these proposed detour routes.
This is not a recreational cycling path but caters to thousands of cyclists, including commuters, and other path users every day. The detours do not cater to all path users.
https://upfieldbikepath.wordpress.com/2 ... bike-path/
I have emailed the responsible Ministers on 13 January, the 3 State MPs, and LXRP. One response from Dr Tim Read (Brunswick) Nothing from anyone else.
So I asked some questions of Bicycle network in an email to the General Manager, Public Affairs and Marketing on 14 January 2020:
What consultation was done with Bicycle Network Officers, if any, on the Upfield Path detours?
What was recommended by BN officers to VicRoads and LXRP for the detours?
What is VicRoads doing to ensure the safety of a highly likely increased cyclist presence on Sydney Road from O'Hea street to Albion Street?
What is BN position and activity around the closure of the Upfield Path and detours?
I have now also requested to see the 'independant safety audit' on the proposed detour routes.
I am still waiting for an email response from Bicycle Network....but I gather the news article greenwashing the detours is my answer.