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Roundabouts a state first

10 Jul 2018

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On June 22, the first of two new Victorian-style of roundabouts opened at Dorcas St as part of cycling upgrades to Moray St.

The Metro Tunnel Project is upgrading the Moray St bike path to give cyclists, pedestrians and motorists a reliable alternative to St Kilda Rd during construction of the new Anzac Station. 

The roundabouts are a Victorian first because pedestrians and cyclists will be given right-of-way over motorists to allow for safe crossing in a way they have not had before anywhere in the state. 

The safety benefits are delivered via a raised zebra crossing and a new dedicated bike path running parallel at each pedestrian crossing. The bike lane gives cyclists right-of-way and requires vehicles to stop, allowing cyclists to pass through the roundabout freely. 

The second roundabout at Coventry St will open in coming weeks, with the entire Moray St bike path upgrade expected to be completed in August.

Other elements to the upgrades include wider bike lanes, rumble strips, improved line markings and a buffer between cyclists and vehicles to enhance safety. 

This work is part of road and traffic management upgrades to keep the city moving during the construction of the Metro Tunnel.   

Local MP Martin Foley said: “These two new Victorian-first roundabouts will improve safety, reduce travel times and provide a more convenient journey for cyclists.” 

“The Metro Tunnel will transform our rail network and slash travel times for the thousands of people who travel to and from the St Kilda Road employment hub and residential precinct and Shrine of Remembrance every day.” 

 

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