Cycling is growing in popularity for environmental, health and cost saving reasons, with on and off road cycling lanes and paths increasing throughout metropolitan Melbourne.
Councillor Alex Makin said Council supports and encourages the use of sustainable modes of transport, which include walking, cycling and using public transport.
“The responsibility for the installation of bicycle lanes is shared between VicRoads for bike lanes on main roads, and local councils for bike lanes and routes on local roads,” said Cr Makin.
“There has been a real shift in focus regarding the use of bicycles on our roads, and Council has prepared a number of action plans to ensure the development of a high quality network of on-road bicycle lanes in Maroondah,” said Cr Makin.
“By expanding and integrating on-road bike lanes and paths we make it easier, more enjoyable and safer for everyone to ride a bike,” said Cr Makin. “However, to assist motorists and cyclists in the better use of these on-road bicycle lanes, there are some simple rules that need to be followed.”
“The first thing that needs to be highlighted, is that bicycles are legal vehicles, and are entitled to safe travel on our roads,” said Cr Makin. “Then it is essential that motorists understand that designated on-road bicycle lanes mean just that – they are there for the use of cyclists only.”
Information is available from VicRoads regarding the relevant road rules for both cyclists and motorists, with information on the use of on-road bicycle lanes including:
Motorists are allowed to use bike lanes, but for no more than 50 metres, and only:
- where necessary to pass a vehicle turning right,
- to enter or leave a side street,
- to enter another traffic lane or parking space,
- where stopping or parking is allowed.
Cyclists are required to use on-road bike lanes where they are provided, unless it is impracticable to do so.
“For the benefit of all road users, it is important that there be mutual respect and consideration for the relevant road rules for motorists and cyclists,” said Cr Makin.