Surrey Road Bike Boulevard
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:
Changes to Surrey Road
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:
Here are some of the other changes you might notice in this area as part of the program.
Great Eastern Highway underpass approach
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.
Mural artwork in the underpass
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.
Easier crossing at major intersections
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.
Slower traffic at minor intersections
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.
New paths at Tomato Lake
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.
Bike Repair Stations
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:
For more information on this project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the City’s TravelSmart officer on 9477 7163.