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    Report to the Future Melbourne Transport Committee Agenda item 6.2 Draft Bicycle Plan 2016-2020 13 October 2015 Presenter: Michael Norton, Acting Manager Engineering Services

    Purpose and background

    1. The purpose of this report is to present the draft Bicycle Plan 2016-2020 (draft Plan) and seek approval to release the draft plan for a period of community engagement (refer Attachment 1).

    2. The current Bicycle Plan 2012-16 will expire on 30 June 2016. As a priority action, Council Plan 2013- 2017 commits to endorsing a new bicycle plan by March 2016.

    Key issues

    3. The draft Plan highlights the importance of bicycle routes being connected, safe and comfortable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

    4. The draft Plan details actions that deliver a connected bicycle network. This includes further progress towards completing the four major cycling corridors as well as local neighbourhood routes between residential areas, schools, shops and community facilities. It also supports actions to improve safety and grow participation through targeted programs such as Share our Streets.

    5. The draft Plan nominates eight targets to be achieved by 2020. These targets include the following three key items:

    5.1. 10 per cent reduction in the number of fatalities and serious injury crashes relative to the number of people riding bikes per year

    5.2. One in four vehicles entering the central city in the morning peak will be bicycles

    5.3. Seven per cent of total trips to, within and from the City of Melbourne will be by bike to meet our targets of 10 per cent cycling mode share in the municipality by 20301.

    6. It is proposed to release the draft Plan for community engagement until 20 November 2015 to allow the community a further opportunity to provide feedback. A final version of the plan will be presented to the Future Melbourne Committee in March 2016.

    7. Community and stakeholder input was sought to shape the draft Plan. This included input from adjoining municipalities, Bicycle Network Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Melbourne Bicycle Users Group, VicRoads and Victoria Police. 7000 contributions were received from the community via an interactive map.

    Recommendation from management

    8. That the Future Melbourne Committee endorses the draft Bicycle Plan 2016-2020 for community consultation until 20 November 2015.

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    Supporting Attachment

    Legal

    1. There are no legal implications in the adoption of this report.

    Finance

    2. There are no financial implications associated with the release of the draft Bicycle Plan 2016-2020 for a period of community engagement. Costs associated with the engagement process will be met from within current budget provisions.

    3. Any costs associated with the implementation of the draft Bicycle Plan 2012-16 will be subject to the annual budget approval process.

    Conflict of interest

    4. No member of Council staff, or other person engaged under a contract, involved in advising on or preparing this report has declared a direct or indirect interest in relation to the matter of the report.

    Stakeholder consultation

    5. Interviews were conducted with stakeholders who provided feedback on implementation of the previous plan and input to the draft plan.

    6. Stakeholders included: Bikes for Business, Bicycle Network Victoria, City of Moonee Valley, City of Moreland, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra, City of Darebin, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Good Cycles, ICLEI Australia, Melbourne Bicycle Users Group, Melbourne by Bike, RACV, Retail Association, TAC, The Squeaky Wheel, VECCI, VicRoads, Victoria Police, Victoria Walks, Wheel Women.

    7. 7000 contributions were received from the community on the Participate Melbourne platform in May 2015.

    8. Key themes, topics and suggestions have been incorporated into the draft plan.

    9. A community engagement plan has been developed and will be used to facilitate finalisation of the plan. Key elements of the engagement plan include:

     Interactive map and information on Participate Melbourne with feedback survey

     Face-to-face engagement at Ride to Work Day and Bike Futures Conference

     Face-to face engagement at October/November Bicycle Forum

     Submissions by phone, fax, in writing or in person.

    Relation to Council policy

    10. The draft Bicycle Plan 2016-2020 is consistent with the Transport Strategy 2012.

    Environmental sustainability

    11. Cycling is a low cost, energy efficient, space saving, non-polluting form of transport. Where cycling is used to replace motor vehicles it assists in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a major source of physical exercise, cycling provides a healthy alternative to motorised transport.

    Attachment 1 Agenda item 6.2

    Future Melbourne Committee 13 October 2015

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    Attachment 2 Agenda item 6.2

    Future Melbourne Committee 13 October 2015

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    CONTENTS

    Foreword ....................................................................................................................................................................... 6 Executive summary ...................................................................................................................................................... 7 A cycling city ................................................................................................................................................................. 8

    Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................... 8 Vision ............................................................................................................................................................. 10 Goals ............................................................................................................................................................. 10 Targets ........................................................................................................................................................... 10 Summary of achievements ............................................................................................................................ 11 Why and where people cycle ......................................................................................................................... 12 The cycling community .................................................................................................................................. 13 Benefits of cycling .......................................................................................................................................... 14

    1. Planning for people to ride bikes ...................................................................................................................... 15 Cycling networks ............................................................................................................................................ 15 Growth areas and projected growth .............................................................................................................. 15 Structure plans for local areas ....................................................................................................................... 18 The Planning Scheme ................................................................................................................................... 18 Actions ........................................................................................................................................................... 18

    2. A connected bicycle network ............................................................................................................................ 19 SmartRoads and setting priorities ................................................................................................................. 19 Rider choices ................................................................................................................................................. 19 Gaps in the network ....................................................................................................................................... 20 Planning and designing for people to ride bikes ............................................................................................ 22 Streets for cycling (level of service) ............................................................................................................... 23 Cycling corridors ............................................................................................................................................ 25 Arterial roads ................................................................................................................................................. 30 Other major projects ...................................................................................................................................... 30 Routes in local areas ..................................................................................................................................... 31 Local roads .................................................