The response from the council is as follows:
“Moreland Council does not consider that banning parking along the 150 metre section of Sydney Road (Weston Street to Barkly Street) would not be an effective measure, in itself, to provide an appreciable improvement in cycling safety on Sydney Road.”
What we think about the response
We agree with the council on this as we would like to see a separated cycle lane installed on the length of Sydney Road Brunswick. We have consulted other community groups such as Cycle Local Shop Local, Sydney Road Separated Cycleway and Moreland Bug to come up with the best possible outcome for all road users.
Our plan for a safer Sydney Road
Frequently asked Questions
How will the lane work?
The clearway/parking lane on Sydney Road will be replaced with tram super stops
like on High Street in Northcote. In between these stops will be a widened footpath
and a fully separated bicycle lane, leaving one lane for traffic. Car parks will be
improved off street so that shoppers can stay for longer.
What will this mean for local businesses?
Local businesses will benefit from wider footpaths, with more space for displays and outdoor
dining. Wider footpaths will help make Sydney Road a destination that people travel
from around Melbourne to enjoy. Thousands more cyclists will use the road,
stopping to shop along the way.
What about parking?
Yarra Trams are planning to install disability compliant stops that will take away parking
anyway. Improving car parking at off street locations enables drivers to shop for longer
without having to worry about clearways and one hour limits.
Will this slow down trams?
One of the biggest factors affecting trams is cars stopping to park. This solution will give
trams clear flow down Sydney Road,making service more reliable for everyone.
Can’t cyclists just use the Upfield path?
The Upfield path is dangerous and full. Thousands of cyclists already use it every day.
Unfortunately it cannot be significantly widened because the government wants to
keep that land for a possible duplication of the Upfield line.
What about the anti dooring lanes like on Glenferrie Road?
At its narrowest point at Barkley Square Sydney Road is too narrow
for Glenferrie Road style lanes.
Can we put bicycle lanes on the left hand side of parked cars?
Cars would have to park very close to the tramway. Any car that parked slightly out of
its bay would block trams causing delays for hundreds of commuters.
Do we need another survey?
No. Too many surveys have already been done. Council has already said in the 2011-21
Bicycle Plan that Sydney Road should be an activity centre route, where pedestrians, public
transport users and cyclists have the highest priority.