More people cycling in Maribyrnong

July 13, 2015 by  

Footscray is proving popular with cyclists with one of its intersections among the busiest in the latest cycle count by Maribyrnong City Council.

The traffic count was completed in March and the results which have recently been released show that there are more bikes are on the road.

The intersection at Moreland Street and Napier Street in Footscray was the busiest with 700 riders being noted during the 7:00 am to 9:00 am morning peak time count session. This is the biggest number since the annual counts began in 2007.

With so many cyclists using the city’s streets the council might like to consider using printing services to create a guide for riders to ensure they know the rules around using lights on their bicycles and highlighting the cycle ways around the region.

A number of upgrades to cycle ways have already taken place as part of the council’s Bicycle Strategy introduced last year and $350,000 has been allocated in the 2015/16 budget for improvements.

These include the Newells Paddock shared path in Footscray which connects Leunig Place with the park and a new bike repair area in Pipemakers Park along the Maribyrnong River Trail which leads through Footscray.

Many of the area’s cycle routes have also had green surfaces added to highlight the cycle lanes and make motorists aware of cyclists at intersections. Additional trees have also been planted to give riders shade.