Tell the Premier & Councils: Boost the Bike Budget!

It’s time to boost the bike budget!

We need to send a clear message to Premier Andrews and our local councils to invest in safe cycling routes in Melbourne’s west.

We are seriously lagging behind the rest of Melbourne when it comes to safe bike paths. This means cyclists often face dangerous journeys, and it’s also the primary reason why people in the west aren’t taking up cycling in bigger numbers.

When people are able to safely ride their bike instead of taking the car, we will see less traffic on our roads, less pollution in our neighbourhoods, and a healthier, happier community!

We have a long way to go before the west becomes the bike-friendly neighbourhood we all dream about, so please make your voice heard.

With budget time is coming up soon, now is the time to act – please use the form below to send your email and tell the Premier and our councils to boost the bike budget!

Dear Premier Andrews and Councillors,

We need more investment in safe cycling routes across Melbourne, but the inner west and north-west suburbs of Melbourne are in particular need as they are seriously lagging behind the rest of the inner city when it comes to bike infrastructure.

The lack of safe bike lanes and bike paths is forcing cyclists to take dangerous journeys, and is the primary barrier to more people taking up cycling.

Getting more people on bikes would have huge benefits for our health, and would also address traffic congestion and pollution.

People in the west deserve the opportunity to safely ride their bikes for exercise, recreation and to commute to work and school. It’s time to bring our region in line with the rest of Melbourne and boost bike infrastructure funding for the west!

The Andrews Labor government was elected on a commitment to invest $122 million in new, dedicated bike and walking paths. It’s almost 18 months later and not one dollar has been spent. Cyclists have no new paths and are no safer than they were before.

Our local councils also need to pay attention and give bike infrastructure the funding it deserves.

Following extensive consultation and research, the Bike West campaign has identified the key bike route gaps in Melbourne’s west that urgently need to be fixed.

City of Maribyrnong

  • Complete the Federation Trail
  • Dynon Road to Hopkins Street, Footscray
  • Napier Street, Footscray (connecting Footscray Road bike path to the Footscray shopping precinct)
  • Footscray to Highpoint

City of Moonee Valley

  • Craigieburn Railway Line route
  • Mount Alexander Road separated lanes
  • A safe alternative to the Mount Alexander Road route south of Moonee Ponds Junction
  • Moonee Ponds Creek path lighting and directional signage
  • East-west links

City of Hobsons Bay

  • Federation Trail to Bay Trail
  • Safe road crossing to the Punt jetty
  • Hall Street railway line route
  • Kororoit Creek Trail completion
  • Millers Road, Altona (under the Westgate Freeway intersection to the Federation Trail).

Further details on these bike route gaps can be found in the Getting the West on Track report produced by Bike West in November 2015.

Premier Andrews and Councillors, please provide funding for these critical bike infrastructure projects so we can fix some of the most dangerous bike blackspots in Melbourne.

This is a matter of safety, health and wellbeing, and is well overdue!

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