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Hopes for the ‘other’ east-west link

05 Mar 2015

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Proponents of the Melbourne B1 Veloway are confident that the new State Government will accept their novel idea to separate cyclists from CBD motorists and pedestrians.
If accepted and finally built, the Veloway cycle path would be “clipped” to the outside of the 1.7km railway viaduct, passing over Banana Alley and six intersections, between Flinders St and Southern Cross stations.
The consortium behind the novel idea has taken to calling the Veloway “the other east-west link” and is hopeful of a better reception from the new Labor government than the original east-west road link.
“At this stage, all we are seeking from government is a commitment to fund a fuller feasibility study which we believe will prove the business case and show a net state benefit for the state and for all Melbournian’s,” said consortium spokesperson Grant O’Donnell.
Mr O’Donnell, a director of Melbourne Life-form Development, said the Veloway would provide an important link connecting Melbourne’s bicycle networks from Cremorne, Richmond in the east to Docklands in the west.
“As a congested city, we have to make life easier for motorists, taxis, delivery drivers and of course for cyclists. The current thinking which seems to begin and end with bike lanes and painting lines on roads is demonstrably not good enough,” Mr O’Donnell said.
“We believe this public infrastructure proposal will firmly establish Melbourne as a transport innovator in delivering improved cycle safety through much needed

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