Bridge Road – Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety Improvements

We’re improving safety for pedestrian and cyclists travelling through Richmond, to work towards a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads. 

Project update – July 2020

Works are planned to commence from Monday 27 July and are expected to be completed by late-2020. Our crews will be working between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday. 

During the hours of construction, there will be:

  • temporary lane closure in both directions between Burnley Street and the Yarra River 
  • partial footpath closures
  • temporary reduced speed limits for the safety of workers and drivers some dust, noise and vibration.

If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changes to traffic conditions, plan ahead and allow up to 10 minutes extra travel time. 

Details

We’re continuing to roll out projects across Victoria that will make active transport options like walking and cycling safer, better connected and more accessible. 

To improve safety with cyclists and pedestrians between Church Street and Creswick Street on Bridge Road, we’re investing $1.3 million to: 

  • install street lighting at the intersection of Coppin Street 
  • install electronic pedestrian give-way signs at the intersections of Church Street and Burnley Street to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the road
  • upgrade tram fencing opposite the Richmond Town Hall
  • extend the 40km/h speed limit that is activated between 7am and midnight along Bridge Road, between Burnley Street and Creswick Street
  • paint the bike lanes green at the intersections between Church Street and Yarra Boulevard to remind drivers to take care and check for cyclists
  • install a pedestrian refuge at the Yarra Boulevard intersection to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely.

Map showing Bridge Road – Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety Improvement

What we’re doing

Pedestrians and cyclists are completely exposed to the full force of a collision, making them one of our most vulnerable road users. 

Research shows that if a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a car travelling at 60km/h they are unlikely to survive. In fact, their risk of death or serious injury increases from crash impact speeds of 30 km/h and upwards.

Mistakes happen, as humans we can’t always avoid this. But we can make the roads we travel on safer and more forgiving for all road users.

That’s why we’re installing road safety infrastructure across Victoria to tackle the most common collisions on our roads, including the average 11% of crashes involving pedestrians and the average 7% of deaths and serious injuries in Victoria that involved cyclists in 2015.

To learn more about how we’re making Victorian roads safer visit our interactive safer roads website.

Background 

We’re upgrading Bridge Road to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians to travel through Richmond. In the five years between 2012 to 2015, there has been 66 recorded crashes along Bridge Road, between Church Street and Yarra Boulevard. 

These crashes resulted in 19 serious injuries and 11 of the recorded crashes involved pedestrians. 

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email:  [email protected]

 

The Victorian Government, in partnership with TAC, is investing $1.4 billion into road safety infrastructure under Towards Zero, a plan for a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads

 

 

 

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