Did you know Sunday 3rd June 2018 is the first World Bicycle Day declared by United Nations?

Today we're kicking off our Walmer Street Bridge Coalition campaign to get a new, fit-for-purpose connection built for all users across the Yarra River from Abbotsford to Kew!

The Walmer Street Bridge Coalition consists Yarra and Boroondara Councils, Walmer Street Action Group, Collingwood and Abbotsford Residents Association (CARA), the Yarra and Boroondara Bicycle User Groups.

Petitions are now avaliable online for you to print, sign and return, see link and instructions below:

Note: all petitions MUST be hard copies with name, address and signature of petitioners

All completed petitions must be returned by 1st August, 2018 to the Walmer Street Bridge Coalition, care of: Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Victoria, 3121

Please feel free contact us if you have any questions about distribution, collection of the petition.

You can follow the campaign on facebook & twitter

Petition text: 

To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria.

The Petition of Walmer St bridge users, and as Victorian residents, draws to the attention of the House the following:

The Walmer St bridge, comprising the river and land bridge sections, which is heavily used by pedestrians and bike riders, is narrow, crowded and a hazard to all users.

Its width (1.7 m at its narrowest) is insufficient to cope safely with the heavy utilisation by pedestrians and bike riders, as determined by Boroondara City Council usage counts and a recent safety audit.

The bridge is strategically important as it is a key link in the Principal Bicycle Network and a Bicycle Priority route.

As such, it provides a vital link for the communities of Kew, Richmond, Abbotsford and beyond, providing sustainable and ready access to nearby parkland, transport hubs, businesses and community services.

A new bridge urgently needs to be built across the Yarra River at Walmer Street for the changing needs of the rapidly increasing population of the Abbotsford and Kew areas.

Your Petitioners therefore request that:

To ensure the safety of the rapidly growing number of users, and to avoid potential closure of the bridge, the State Government urgently fund a replacement, with a contemporary design, that meets both current standards and the needs of the growing number of users, in keeping with Melbourne's reputation as a world class liveable city.