BIKE LANES TO BUILD LINKS WITHIN INNER WEST COMMUNITY

Inner west communities from Footscray to Yarraville will soon be better connected to schools, shops, and work with new pop-up bike lanes as part of the Victorian Government’s Footscray Pop-up Links.

Spanning 20 kilometres, the program is set to enhance and connect existing routes by providing a more accessible and safer way for locals to get to where they need to go.

The new and improved lanes will link Footscray City Primary School, Footscray High School’s Pilgrim campus, Victoria University campuses, shopping areas and public transport options across the area.

These routes will also link to existing high-quality off-road bike routes, including the Sunshine Trail, Maribyrnong River Trail, and the Footscray Road connection, helping residents from the community and nearby areas ride to and from Melbourne’s CBD more safely.

Consultation on this project is currently underway and public input will be taken into consideration for the design to strike the right balance for all road users and people in the community – adjustments can also be made during and after installation.

Some of the safety enhancements to existing routes will include the installation of separated bike lanes, relocating bike lanes to the kerbside, and creating a mini roundabout at the corner of Victoria and Raleigh Streets.

New signage, traffic calming measures, widening and other changes to existing bike lanes will make it easier for cyclists to get around while improving safety for road users and pedestrians.

As cycling continues to grow in popularity right across Melbourne, these upgrades are more important than ever to support safe bike riding and provide alternative travel options.

Construction of the Footscray Pop-up Links will begin in the coming months, with works expected for completion in April 2022. For more information or to comment on the project, visit http://vicroads.vic.gov.au/bikingaroundmelbourne.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll 

“We are seeing more Melburnians take up cycling for both leisure and to commute, which is why these upgrades are vital to ensuring safer and more accessible travel for all road users.”

“Better access to safer bike lanes also offers an excellent opportunity for students to participate in active travel to and from school – a great health initiative we will work with schools to encourage.”

Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall 

“By creating these links across our community, we’re making it easier for parents and students to get to schools, workplaces and local shopping precincts in a safe and healthy way.” 

Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne 

“These new links will provide an easy and safer way for the community in Footscray, Seddon and Yarraville to get around.”