Pedestrian Crossing

Trail Blazing

Once again on the Scotchmans Creek Trail is this intersection with Blackburn Road.

Pedestrian Crossing

Despite the signs indicating the cycling route it remains prohibited and dangerous to ride a bicycle along these footpaths.

250 Riding on a footpath or shared path
(1) The rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older must not ride on a footpath except in the circumstances specified under sub rule (1A).
(1A) For the purposes of subrule (1), the circumstances in which the rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older may ride on a footpath are as follows
(a) the rider of the bicycle is 18 years old or older and is accompanying a child under 12 years of age who is riding a bicycle on the footpath and the child is under the rider’s supervision; or
(b) the rider of the bicycle is 12 years old or older and—
(i) has a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner; and
(ii) the certificate states that the rider has a physical or intellectual disability which makes it undesirable, impracticable or inexpedient for the rider to ride on the road; and
(iii) the rider is complying with the conditions (if any) stated on the certificate; and
(iv) if the disability is of a temporary nature, the certificate contains an expiry date and has not expired; and
(v) the rider is carrying the certificate; and
(vi) the rider produces the certificate when requested to do so by a police officer or authorised person; or
(c) the rider of the bicycle is a postal worker who is riding the bicycle in the course of his or her duties as a postal worker.

and the crossing of course lacks the necessary bicycle lights

248 No riding across a road on a crossing
(2) The rider of a bicycle must not ride across a road, or part of a road, on a marked foot crossing, unless there are bicycle crossing lights at the crossing showing a green bicycle crossing light.

Even once beyond these 1300mm wide footpaths to where the trail becomes marked with shared path signs, it widens to a mere 2000mm without even a dividing line to suggest keeping left (below the minimum requirement of 2500mm). This sort of inconsistent connectivity is one of the biggest problems in Melbournes cycling infrastructure, small sections of substandard path are joined onto areas of zero facility only pushing cyclists into contention either riding in traffic or illegally using the footpaths.


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