The Department of Transport runs a Safe Active Streets Program. Through this program, they identified the City of Belmont’s Surrey Road as a suitable street for an exciting new pilot project: a Bicycle Boulevard.
The project aimed to make a local street safer and more community-friendly by:
Lowering vehicle speeds;
Making it easier for people to ride their bikes for local trips to places such as school, community facilities, shops or local parks.
The Bicycle Boulevard project area extends for over 4 kilometres, between the Great Eastern Highway underpass in Rivervale and the Principal Shared Path at the end of Jeffery Street in Kewdale.
Traffic speed has been reduced to 30km/h in this area. The changed road environment is promoted to path and road users with:
Large blue Safe Active Street pavement markers
Large white and yellow bike symbols painted on the road
Here are some of the other changes you might notice in this area as part of the program.
Major modifications were made at the Great Eastern Highway underpass approach, with major retaining wall works, new wider paths, an extra set of stairs, improved lighting including 24-hour lighting inside the tunnel and new landscaping.
A stunning underwater mural artwork was painted on the inside of the underpass tunnel. The mural is entitled Aquavale and was created by artist Michael Barker of Shime Arts.
The mural has added vibrant colour to the underpass which helps to create a sense of place for residents, cyclists and visitors.
Francisco Street, Alexander Road, Wright Street and Oats Street intersections have been modified to help slow vehicles and provide improved crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
Raised plateaus have been installed to slow vehicles, increase awareness and provide additional priority for the Boulevard corridor at Newey Street, Clague Street, Campbell Street, Roberts Road and Sydenham Street in Rivervale.
This is continued further south in Kewdale with Mercury Street and the Jeffery Street/Kew Street intersections.
A roundabout has been modified at the intersection of Fulham Street and Surrey Road, which has helped to slow traffic speeds and increase driver awareness at this area.
In total, 21 vehicle slow points along the entire length of the project area have been installed.
A 3m concrete path, complete with bollard lighting, now links Cohn Street through Tomato Lake, along President Street to Jeffery Street as part of the project.
If you need to make minor bike repairs or pump up your tires while cycling in this area, you can now do this at bike repair stations at either:
The Great Eastern Highway underpass approach
The President Street end of the Tomato Lake connecting path.
For more information on this project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the City’s TravelSmart officer on 9477 7163.