MAKING THE UPFIELD BIKE PATH SAFER FOR EVERYONE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make the popular Upfield Bike Path in Brunswick safer for people travelling at night.

The Upfield Bike Path carries more than 2,500 cyclists every day and is one of the most popular cycling routes in the inner north, but many avoid the narrow and dimly lit path when travelling at night.

Labor will invest $250,000 to install new lights to make the path safer for everyone that wants to use it.

This builds on the $3.5 million Labor has already invested to extend the path from Box Forest Road in Fawkner to the M80 Ring Road, remove bottlenecks and improve crossings.

The Andrews Labor Government is also making the Brunswick Road bicycle crossing safer by adding PUFFIN technology to the existing traffic signals allowing for a more efficient use of the crossing.

PUFFIN (Pedestrian User-Friendly Intelligent) technology detects the travelling speeds of cyclists and pedestrians using the crossing and can change the amount of green time given, reducing congestion and delays.

In contrast, the Liberals have indicated they will cancel a number of cycling and pedestrian safety upgrades across the state and - when last in government - they sacked 450 workers from VicRoads.

Once Labor’s extension is complete, the Upfield Bike Path will provide an 11-kilometre off-road alternative to busy Sydney Road for thousands of cyclists and pedestrians all the way from Princes Park to the M80 Ring Road.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio

“More than 2,500 cyclists travel on the Upfield Bike Path every day, making it one of the busiest routes in Melbourne – and that’s why this upgrade is so important.”

“Cyclists have told us that competing with traffic, parked cars and trams is dangerous and stressful, so we’re improving safety and extending this path to give them a better alternative to busy Sydney Road.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Brunswick Cindy O’Connor

“Everyone should have access to a safe and efficient bike path no matter when they need to travel. This investment will make a real difference to people who use the Upfield Bike Path early in the morning or after dark.”

“Over the past four years Labor has delivered more than $100 million for cycling and pedestrian safety upgrades across the state. Only Labor will deliver the cycling facilities our community needs.”