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Labor to BAN cars from part of busy road to give cyclists priority in move sure to infuriate drivers

Labor to BAN cars from section of a busy road to give cyclists absolute priority in move sure to infuriate drivers

  • Labor has unveiled plans to ban cars from two lanes of traffic on St Kilda Road 
  • The road is Melbourne’s busiest cycle route and can be dangerous for cyclists
  • The paths would have a physical barrier to separate cyclists and vehicles

A controversial plan to ban cars from part of a busy road in a bid to give cyclists priority has been revealed by state government.

The Labor Party has unveiled plans to ban cars from the middle two lanes of traffic on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, in a bid to rally the bike-rider vote ahead of next month’s state election.

A super bike lane would be built to keep cyclists and motorists apart on the four-kilometre drag from the National Gallery of Victoria to St Kilda junction, The Age reported.

The Labor Party has unveiled plans to ban cars from the middle two lanes of traffic on St Kilda Road (pictured), Melbourne, as part of their pre-election promise

The Labor Party has unveiled plans to ban cars from the middle two lanes of traffic on St Kilda Road (pictured), Melbourne, as part of their pre-election promise

A super bike lane would be built to keep cyclists and motorists apart on the four-kilometre drag from the National Gallery of Victoria to St Kilda junction

A super bike lane would be built to keep cyclists and motorists apart on the four-kilometre drag from the National Gallery of Victoria to St Kilda junction

The $27 million plan would see the middle two lanes replaced by a dedicated bike lane built with a protective barrier and green separation areas next to the tram line.

As influenced by bike paths in Copenhagen, the physical barrier would separate cyclists from parked cars and vehicles travelling along the road.

A central safety zone with a separate lane for cyclists would also be built but it would have a clearway during peak times to ease traffic congestion.

St Kilda Road is Melbourne’s busiest tram and cycle route with more than 300,000 people travelling on it each day.

The route is also extremely dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

St Kilda Road is Melbourne's busiest tram and cycle route with more than 300,000 people travelling on it each day

St Kilda Road is Melbourne’s busiest tram and cycle route with more than 300,000 people travelling on it each day

Between 2000 and 2015 there were 196 crashes involving a pedestrian or cyclist on St Kilda Road and it has measured the state’s highest incidence of car doors being opened onto cyclists.

‘St Kilda Road is one of our busiest roads but also one of the most dangerous,’ Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said.

‘With this investment, we’ll make it safer for everyone to use.’ 

The Victorian State Election will be held on November 24. 

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