Sydney Road, Brunswick, Cyclist Safety

Ms GARRETT (Minister for Emergency Services) — On 27 February our community experienced a tragic event when the life of a local Brunswick resident, Alberto ‘Albie’ Paulon, was taken in a horrific accident as he was cycling on Sydney Road with his partner. Cycling is a very important part of the Brunswick community, with our area having one of the highest proportions of cyclists in the country. It was extremely heartwarming and very healing to see thousands of community members support those directly affected by Albie’s death through a show of solidarity with the Ride for Albie on 6 March.

The Andrews government is committed to making cycling safer for all. To this end I can advise the house of improvements that have occurred on Sydney Road. They include eight speed humps on side streets; six have been completed, with two to be completed by next month. New green bicycle lanes at intersections between Brunswick Road and Albion Street will be completed by the end of this month. These are just some of the works currently being undertaken, which include the installation of electronic signs and the removal of a number of car spaces from Sydney Road. This is just part of the $1.6 million allocation by the Andrews government and the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. VicRoads and the minister are to be commended for their commitment to the safety of all road users in Brunswick. My electorate office and I are having ongoing discussions with local bike users, the council, bike groups and peak bodies to make sure we make our roads even safer.