Response to reports about Bourke Road cycleway

23 December 2011

No reports of any accidents resulting in death or serious injury on the Bourke Road cycleway are available. Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA) statistics show that since the cycleway opened in March 2010 traffic accidents have decreased.

In the five years prior to the cycleway opening, total Bourke Road crashes averaged 21 per year. In the past 12 months – since the cycleway opened – that figure has fallen to just six.

Crash data reveals improved driver, walker and rider safety along Bourke Road, when comparing 2010 with the previous five years.

The City has been involved in land and environment court proceedings about the cycleway. As part of resolving the proceedings both parties agreed to the City engaging an independent consultant to undertake an environmental impact assessment of the cycleway.

Before this bike path was built, we consulted with the community, and it is currently undergoing an independent environmental impact assessment review.

As part of that assessment, we are also asking for public feedback on the cycleway. This week we conducted letterbox drops to properties and businesses along the cycleway and to affected community groups. Information is also accessible from our website.

People have until 6 February 2012 to provide feedback.

While similar consultations normally take place over a three-week period, this consultation has been extended to seven weeks to ensure we capture everyone's comments and feedback over the Christmas/New Year period.

Feedback will then be presented to Council along with the assessment which will go on public exhibition, allowing people another opportunity to comment.

We will take on board all comments from the public.

Last updated: Friday, 10 January 2014