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Rumble strips to slow speeding cyclists

12 Feb 2015

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The City of Melbourne will be installing eight sets of rumble strips along Southbank Promenade this month, in a bid to deter cyclists from speeding.

Amid growing safety concerns, City of Melbourne spokeswoman Kate Millar said the rumble strips would be installed between Princes Bridge and Queensbridge St, to encourage cyclists to abide by the 10kmh speed limit.

“The installation of the rumble strips is in response to concerns raised by pedestrians, cyclists and traders along Southbank regarding the safety of the shared path,” she said.

VicRoads currently authorises speed limit signage along the shared path with Victoria Police being the enforcement agency.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said anyone riding dangerously would be stopped and penalties would be applied where appropriate.

Ms Millar said the City of Melbourne was also running a campaign in Southbank called Share Our Streets, to encourage road users to exercise greater courtesy and awareness.

“Street teams will be popping up at busy locations across the city encouraging all road users to be alert, cross when green and look out for each other in a bid to reduce collisions and injuries,” she said.

“We’re not asking a lot of people. Pay attention, look out for others and share the space available and make the city safer and more enjoyable for everyone.”

The program will run until April and will see street teams situated at Southbank Promenade, Harbour Esplanade and in Swanston and Elizabeth streets to raise awareness of shared spaces, pedestrian distraction and car-dooring.

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