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Brunswick becoming cyclist friendly

By Jamil Allouche

For those familiar with property in Brunswick, you will probably also be well acquainted with Sydney Road, one of Melbourne's busiest drives.

Fortunately, the 2015-16 Victorian budget has allocated $1.6million to Sydney Road in an effort to make it safer not only for cyclists, but also motorists and pedestrians.

"All road users, whether they are in a car, on a bike or on foot, deserve to travel safely," said Luke Donnellan, minister for roads and road safety.

The work is expected to be finished by mid-year, which involves reducing the speed limit along Sydney Road to 40 km/h, and the implementation of a dedicated cycle lane.

Why the changes?

According to a 2013 Australian Cycle Participation survey released by Austroads, approximately 16.4 per cent of Victorians ride their bicycle on a weekly basis.

Furthermore, VicRoads CrashStats figures published in a study by the Australasian College of Road Safety show an increase of serious injuries amongst cyclists. The report, Cycling Injuries in Australia: Road safety's blind spot, identified incidents involving cyclists in Melbourne, which rose from 201 in 2000 to 421 in 2008.

"While road safety counter-measures have undoubtedly led to a  safer operating environment for vehicle occupants, the (arguably) car-centric nature of many of these measures has in fact done little to improve cyclist safety," the report found.

What does it mean for real estate in Brunswick?

According to the Victorian government, the aim is to ensure that all road users are as safe as possible, and can get to work and home without a hitch.

Regardless, it is a great step towards sharing the road and safety for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike, making Brunswick a better place to live.

If you're interested in purchasing real estate in Brunswick, get in touch with the team at Ray White Brunswick.

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