Bans and lighting to boost Sydney Rd safety

RIGHT-HAND turns will be banned along parts of Sydney Rd in a $1.6 million attempt to reduce accidents involving cyclists.

Police have welcomed the move after targeting the area for months in a bid to reduce road trauma.

Brunswick state Labor MP Jane Garrett announced last week the money would be spent on the stretch of road between Barkly and Albion streets in Brunswick to upgrade lighting, signs and ban right turns at a number of intersections.

Ms Garrett said in the five years to June 2013 there had been 138 crashes involving cyclists or pedestrians.

“Sadly, 24 of those collisions have resulted in serious injury, with two fatalities, so this funding will go a long way towards addressing that,” she said.

“The project will also include the extension and improvement of bike facilities along Sydney Rd, which will help to ensure that cyclists are travelling in the safest environment possible.”

Works are due to start in August this year and will take about five months to complete.

Fawkner Highway Patrol Senior Constable Sarrah O’Keefe said “it’s great to see everybody getting on board to make the roads safer”.

Police have run Operation Bike Aware since December, targeting cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

Moreland Leader