18/10 update: Please note we are currently restructuring our project pages and will be moving project information for the Northumberland Road trial to a new page. All project information for the Kent Road trial will be housed on this page ongoing.
Trial separated bicycle lanes - Kent Road, Pascoe Vale
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We’re trialling ways to make it easier for our Moreland community to get around local neighbourhoods by walking and cycling. We want to create walking and cycling routes that are safe, comfortable and accessible. This commitment is strongly supported by the Imagine Moreland Community Vision, Council Plan and State Government commitments such as the Victorian Cycling Strategy.
In July 2021, we installed trial separated bicycle lanes in Kent Road and Northumberland Road, Pascoe Vale. A new shared path in KW Joyce Reserve links these two bicycle lanes. This route will form part of the "Coburg to Glenroy Bicycle Link" - connecting the State Government funded bicycle lanes on Kent Road and Derby Street. This is a low-stress cycling route suitable for cyclists of all confidence levels. It connects destinations such as shops, schools, open space and community facilities.
At a Council Meeting in September 2021, Council resolved to explore more design options for the Kent Road, Pascoe Vale Trial Bike Lane project in consultation with the community.
We're preparing an information booklet that outlines 6 potential design options for Kent Road and the supporting technical and strategic considerations for each. The booklet will be available on this page from Friday 29 October.
What's happening now?
Building on the recent community walks held in July and August 2021 (some of which were cut short due to covid lockdown restrictions) we have engaged an independent community engagement specialist to provide a range of opportunities for targeted groups and the community to contribute.
Through this community engagement, we will be seeking to understand:
- What conditions and or criteria (in addition to technical requirements) should be considered to create a functional and safe road design for Kent Road, that addresses the needs of residents, pedestrians, visitors, motorists, cyclists, and other users?
- Considering the criteria, how supportive are you of each of the options identified by Council for Kent Road?
- Are there any changes that would make you more supportive of each of the options identified?
Anyone with an interest in the Kent Road separated trial bike lane can get involved in the following ways:
- Attending a webinar, to be held on Thursday 28 October from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The webinar will involve an hour-long discussion facilitated by an independent consultant. The facilitated discussion will be recorded and shared on Conversations Moreland after the event. 30 minutes will be allocated at the end of the facilitated discussion for questions and answers with Council staff. The Q&A will not be recorded.
- Providing feedback via an online survey, available for contributions from Friday 29 October and close 10 November 2021
- Nominating for involvement in a deliberative review panel. Selection for the panel will be made by the independent engagement specialist to ensure the panel appropriately represents the full range of opinions associated with this project. The review panel will meet on multiple occasions in November.
In addition to community engagement, Council is establishing the technical viability of six potential design options for the Kent Road trial bike lane. We are working with utility providers for Kent Road, the Department of Transport in relation to Cumberland Road and undertaking a Road Safety Audit of the potential options. All options will consider outcomes for pedestrians, cyclists, residents, visitors, motorists, and implementation and operational feasibility.
We will also undertake research and data analysis along Kent Road including cycling uptake, changes in vehicle speeds and volume, review of traffic incident reports and parking assessments.
Join us at a public webinar
We invite you to attend a public webinar on the Kent Road separated bike lane project held on Thursday 28 October from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Zoom.
The webinar will involve an hour-long discussion facilitated by an independent consultant. We'll be presenting on the project background, rationale, the 6 potential design options and the new engagement program. The discussion will be recorded and shared on this page after the event.
There will be an opportunity at the end of the facilitated discussion for questions and answers with Council staff. The Q&A session will not be recorded.
Attend via Zoom:
Topic: Moreland - Kent Road Webinar
Time: Oct 28, 2021 18:30 Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 883 4656 5529
Share your thoughts in a community survey
We invite you to answer a survey on the Kent Road separated bike lane project from 29 October to 10 November.
The survey will be used to identify broader community views on the project as it currently stands and considerations on the potential design options.
The survey will be available here from Friday 29 October.
Register your interest for the deliberative review panel
We invite you to register your interest to participate in a community deliberative review panel.
The deliberative review panel will meet on Sunday 14 November and Sunday 21 November. Selection for the panel will be made by the independent engagement specialist to ensure the panel appropriately represents the full range of opinions associated with this project. Community members selected for the panel will be tasked with answering our three engagement questions through an open, constructive and respectful discussion. The Independent engagement specialist will facilitate input and conversation from across the panel, and council staff will be available to answer technical and strategic questions.
Registrations for the deliberative review panel will be available here from Friday 29 October.
What happens after the engagement has finished?
Council will receive a report in February 2022 on the Kent Road Trial Bike Lanes. The report will consider the technical viability, research and data analysis and the outcomes of the community engagement to inform a Council decision on next steps for the Kent Road trial. Council may decide to continue the trial as is, continue the trial with alterations, or implement a permanent solution.
In doing so, Council will consider and respond to the deliberative panel’s recommendations and findings from the broader community engagement activities, including reasons for their decision, in early 2022.
Traffic, bicycle and pedestrian data FAQ
- What is a trial separated bike lane?
- What is the purpose of the trials?
- How long is the trial?
- How will community feedback and data/evidence inform the trial?
- What changes have been made to Kent Road?
- What adjustments have we made so far in response to community feedback?
- What is the rationale for choosing Kent Road for a trial separated bicycle lane?
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