3.6 Addressing stakeholder issues. The Department and VicRoads have not:
addressed conflicts and delays where cyclists cross road intersections and where cyclists and pedestrians use shared paths
provided updated guidance on the construction, maintenance, auditing and retrofitting of shared bicycle paths
acted to improve policy and program coordination across government
adequately addressed the concerns of councils regarding how maintenance will be funded.
Letter to The Age , sent Thursday, August 18, 2011
In “No way to spin it, the wheels are off” (18 Aug) we learn from an Auditor General’s report that the 2009 Victorian Cycling Strategy has been all but discarded by the present State government. This embarrassing news comes as Melbourne fêtes Cadel Evans, and Melbourne has been declared the world’s second “bicycle city” by the Union Cycliste Internationale.
If the Baillieu government was happy to embrace the award, then it actually needs to follow through on its own Cycling Strategy, as should our local governments who also produce such strategy documents. This means 1) spending real money on actually building missing links and addressing dangers in the cycle network 2) listening to regular cyclists when designing bike infrastructure, rather than relying on non-cycling transport planners 3) sorting out the complex governance of our roads - between Vic Roads, local councils, and private landowners such that facilities actually get built. Fourthly, as the article says, there has so far been no significant action to make “car travel less attractive” through congestion charging and similar measures in the inner city, as in London and other cities. Addressing these four points could result in creating a genuine ‘bicycle city’.