If you have been following City of Melbourne cycling infrastructure issues please scroll down for a nuanced update from Councillor Rohan Leppert detailing processes surrounding item 6. 9 in City of Melbourne meeting agenda from Tuesday 7 June 2022.
Contrary to Melbourne media hyperbole, no protected kerbside lanes are being ‘ripped out’, no ‘brakes’ applied other than planning processes and existing budgetary allocations are unchanged. Tuesdays meeting saw over 1000 submissions made in support of protected bicycle lanes with apparently ten submissions opposing.
Thank you to everyone who made the time to engage and contribute so many personal, inspirational submissions as protected bicycle infrastructure is an issue with far broader positive implications.
Councillor Rohan Leppert unpacks what occurred at Tuesday nights meeting, click to expand post:
Additional background, this is by no means exhaustive of the amount of generated media but we’d prefer to highlight non-mainstream discussion
Future Melbourne Committee 7 June 2022: agenda papers, minutes, audio and resolutions for this Committee meeting: 6.9 discussion commences at 2 hour 15 minute mark
Moreland BUG: Thanks to everyone who made submissions to the City of Melbourne, and those who attended last night’s meeting despite the weather. (7 June 2022)
Bicycle Network: It’s a full house at Melbourne Town Hall. Over 1100 submissions and 49 speakers on Agenda Item 6.9. Well done to everyone who got involved. (7 June 2022)
Boroondara BUG: The City of Melbourne is currently rolling out an excellent network of bike across the CBD that is making cycling safer and encouraging more bike trips. (6 June 2022)
Stonnington BUG: I love riding in the city because of all the bike lanes (6 June 2022)
Streets Alive Yarra: City of Melbourne bike lanes (6 June 2022)
Yarra BUG Radio on 3CR: interviews with Rohan Leppert and Andreas Loewe on (6 June 2022)
Bike West: City of Melbourne’s ‘pause’ on construction of CBD bike lanes (6 June 2022)
Tim Read MP: Call to action – Support Melbourne’s bike lanes (6 June 2022)
WeRide Australia: Supporting the City of Melbourne to make the streets accessible for all (6 June 2022)
Climate Council: The City of Melbourne is currently rolling out a fantastic bike lane system across the city BUT they are considering pausing it – meaning 70% of the plan won’t go ahead. (3 June 2022)
The Age: No more new bike lanes for CBD after council cops complaints (3 June 2022)