In line with the Hobsons Bay integrated transport plan 2017-30, Hobsons Bay identified the need for pedestrian and cycling safety improvements on Victoria Street, Williamstown.
In 2019, a report was commissioned to undertake an issue analysis in Victoria Street and to outline potential road traffic treatments and interventions to improve the safety outcomes for our community’s most vulnerable road users. This report highlighted a history of crashes, in particular cyclist crashes, and highlighted a number of road safety issues including:
- The carriageway of the road is too wide with little or no separation for cyclists or speed limiting infrastructure
- The roads straight alignment encourages high speeds often at or above 60km/hr
- Pedestrians find it difficult to cross the road due to these high speeds
- There are indirect or discontinuous pedestrian routes with some sections of the walking paths inaccessible due to hazards and many inaccessible by wheelchairs or prams.
- There is a lack of controlled crossing points in an east-west direction
This project aims to increase transport mode separation of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, slow speeds and provide safe crossing points for vulnerable our road users.
By improving infrastructure for walking and cycling this project also hopes to promote active transport options bringing the increase benefits of active healthier communities, lower levels of traffic congestion and decrease vehicle pollution. Providing increased safety for all members of our community.