full kerb between bicycle lane and shared path

Divide and Discourage

Continuing some highlights of the directionally challenged Merri Creek/Yarra/Capitol City Trails is this bungle of incremental additions at the confluence of the Merri Creek and Yarra River.

map of paths at confluence of Yarra River and Merri Creek

Amongst the inadequate sight lines shown in the source video, to follow the Capitol City Trail requires frequent turns to/from the minor arms of T-junctions with no warning and poor signage. As the additional routes have been added through new segments or simply signage, the junctions have not been remodelled to guide or even ease movement on the intended routes. The designers intended route for cyclists through this section involves turning a sharp hairpin off the path and travelling in the opposite direction to navigate two unnecessary bridges. With such poor orientation it was not surprising to find the vast majority of users continuing along the upper path which for cyclists terminates into Trenerry Cres.

footpath with reinforcing no bicycles sign

Here the cyclists are simply ignoring the signs and taking the logical route, selfishly making the narrow path very uncomfortable and even unusable for pedestrians. The shared path terminates into bicycle lanes on the road, but travelling south as in the video reveals the true callous nature of Melbournes bicycle infrastructure.

bicycle lane gap on road

Here from the other side of the hard rail the on road bicycle lane simply disappears on this side of the road and leaves an advisory route only. Once to the bottom of the hill where cyclists would like to leave the road and continue along the shared paths.

full kerb between bicycle lane and shared path

A regular tall kerb requiring dismounting, the kerb even had to be relaid for this work but the obvious utility of a dropped kerb is lost on these urban planners and no-cost solutions that could be included with construction or redevelopment are ignored. Of course a solution following the national guides involving moving the kerbs and hard rail to make room for an appropriately wide shared path will need to be separately funded project to fix the gap rather than having a coherent network built as it grows.

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