Safer crossing at Brunswick Road

The awkward crossing where the Upfield Trail meets Brunswick Road gets an important safety upgrade in the coming days.

Among the improvements will be the installation of a queue detector under the road to prevent vehicles blocking the crossing.

The works will take place from 6 to 8 November, and again on the 11th.

This will involve temporary closures of the trail in the sections between Spurway Lane and Park Street, including during peak periods.

There will be we signed detours in place during the temporary closures.

The crossing has never been popular with riders on the trail, and it has a crash history.

Brunswick Road is busy with 20,000 cars a day and the trail carries 1,400 bikes as well as pedestrians. Brunswick Road is also a bike route, and a further complication is the adjacent rail crossing.

As well as the queue detector the works also include:

  • upgrade of the the traffic signals to give pedestrians and riders more crossing time when there is high-demand
  • adjustment of the location of the signal buttons to make it easier for riders on the path to reach
  • installation of flashing ‘cross only on green signal’ LED signs for people crossing Brunswick Road

The Department of Transport says: “Cycling corridors provide safer, more direct journeys into the city and across Victoria for cyclists."

"They also help to encourage more people to ride recreationally or for their regular commute.

Bicycle Network welcomes these upgrades. Although they may seem minor, they can make a major contribution to safe journeys of riders through the area.

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