Protect pedestrian and cyclist safety: Keep St Georges Rd crossovers closed
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The signatories of this petition ask that VicRoads and Darebin Council keep the dangerous minor crossovers of the St Georges Road median, between Arthurton Road and Miller Street, closed to motor vehicle traffic after the completion of the Melbourne Water pipeline works.
In 2013, an independent safety audit commissioned by City of Darebin recommended that all the minor crossovers (without traffic lights) over the St Georges Rd pedestrian and bicycle shared path be closed to motor vehicle traffic because of 'the risks of conflict between motor vehicles and path users'.
This path is used by thousands of cyclists per week. Cars are meant to give way to path users, but there have been at least 26 reported crashes with cars in recent years and many unreported collisions and near misses. The crossovers have also caused collisions and near-misses with trams.
The minor crossovers are a convenience for a small number of motorists, but are a significant danger to safety during 500,000+ cycle and other transport mode trips via the median pathway each year.
The St Georges Rd median is a major tram route and the premier cycling route in the north of Melbourne. In permanently closing these minor vehicle crossovers, Vicroads and Darebin Council will greatly enhance the safety and utility of these sustainable transport modes. This decision will support critical aspects of City of Darebin's Health and Wellbeing Plan and Transport Strategy.
We therefore request that you do all in your power to ensure that the minor crossovers remain closed permanently.
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