Funding provided for pedestrian and cyclist safety
The Town of Stonnington has received funding from the Government of Victoria for local road safety projects to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.
Awarded as part of the Transportation Accident Board’s annual local government grants program, Stonnington was one of 22 councils to receive funding to improve road safety outcomes for vulnerable road users.
Funding is offered in two categories, analytical projects and small-scale infrastructure projects, with Stonnington being awarded for two projects – one from each category.
The first project, the Claremont Avenue Concept Development and Traffic Study, received $30,000 for a study of issues affecting the safety of pedestrians and cyclists along Claremont Avenue and streets. surrounding. The study will provide recommendations and conceptual designs to address any identified issues and support our “shimmy” cycling network by making Claremont Avenue and side streets safe cycling routes for people of all ages and confidence levels. The ‘shimmy’ network directs cyclists away from main roads to local streets where speed and traffic volume are lower, making them more attractive and less risky for cyclists.
The second project will make safety improvements at the Main Yarra Trail junction at Alexandra Avenue and Williams Road. The City will match the $90,000 grant to build an elevated pedestrian crossing on Alexandra Avenue, a new link between Alexandra Avenue and Williams Road, as well as signage, line markings and curbs. This project will improve safety by reducing vehicle speeds and providing a safe crossing point with clear priority for pedestrians and cyclists.
Quotes attributable to the Mayor of the Town of Stonnington, Cr Jami Klisaris
“We are pleased to receive funding that recognizes the importance of these two pedestrian and cyclist safety projects.
“Our proximity to the Yarra River, bustling shopping streets and leafy neighborhoods make us a popular destination for people using all modes of transport, and we are committed to making our streets and shared paths safe and accessible to everyone.
I look forward to seeing both of these projects move forward and make improvements to the safety of our community and the people who visit our city.