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Croydon Major Activity Centre - Pedestrian Safety Improvements

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  • Footpaths
  • Roads and carparks
  • Traffic
  • Croydon Activity Centre projects
  • Wyreena Ward
Planned
The proposed Main Street improvements will aim to reduce the occurrence of accidents by slowing down vehicles and increasing the amount of pedestrian crossings.
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Mt Dandenong Road Parking Restriction Changes

As part of community consultation undertaken earlier this year community concerns were raised regarding potential for increased traffic congestion along Mt Dandenong Road, particular outbound, with the proposed introduction of unrestricted parking along Mt Dandenong Road between Main Street and Dorset Road.

Because of the community concerns raised regarding the potential for increased traffic congestion along Mt Dandenong Road, Council undertook an independent assessment of the current traffic conditions along the outbound carriage lanes; reviewing lane discipline, queuing and other operational issues, specifically with respect to the proposed introduction of unrestricted parking. 

The results of the review and recommended changes, are summarised in the attached report and shown in the attached plan.

Community consultation

Council is now seeking feedback on the proposed amended parking restriction plans for Mt Dandenong Road.  The consultation is to gather community feedback on the changes being considered before the design is finalised.  It is requested that any feedback is addressed to the Manager Engineering and Building Services, Andrew Taylor, PO Box 156 Ringwood 3134 or maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au and must be received by Wednesday 13 June 2018. 

Plans

Mt Dandenong Road Plans  (pdf, 3MB)

Report

Mt Dandenong Road Traffic / Parking Review – April 2018  (pdf, 657KB)  

Main Street proposed works

Following high level of community support for the proposed pedestrian safety improvements, the detailed designs will be finalised.  It is expected that works will commence in the coming months.  Further updates will be provided to traders prior to the commencement of works. 

The proposed pedestrian safety improvements being considered for the Croydon Major Activity Centre are currently being consist of:

  • Converting the existing zebra crossings on Main Street, Devon Street and Hewish Road, to raised ‘wombat crossings’ to assist with slowing down vehicle speeds and increasing prominence of the zebra crossings
  • Improving the crossing on Coolstore Road at the roundabout, by installing a raised ‘wombat crossing’, widen the central pedestrian refuge island and narrowing up the traffic lane width of Coolstore road to reduce the crossing distances for pedestrians; and
  • Installation of a painted centre median strip on Main Street between Devon Street and Lacey Street will narrow the traffic lanes and reduce traffic speeds on Main Street, whist improving motorist’s awareness and enhance the visibility of pedestrians that choose not to use the zebra crossings.  The painted central median strip will not preclude vehicles from entering a car space on the opposite side of the road.

The proposed Main Street treatments aim to reduce the occurrence of crashes due to conflicting road user demands by slowing down vehicles and increasing the prominence of pedestrian crossings.

Plans

Main Street Plans  (pdf, 3MB)

Background

The $100 million Safe Cyclists and Pedestrian initiative is funded through the Victorian Government’s Towards Zero 2016/2020 Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan – which seeks to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads to fewer than 200, and reduce the number of serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020.

In alignment with the Safe System approach, road safety improvements such as infrastructure play a vital role in decreasing crash risk, reducing road trauma and increasing survivability for the people involved. This is particularly important for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, children and the elderly. These community groups are more exposed to these risks in local streets, where we know nine per cent of all road deaths and 18 per cent of serious injuries occur. 

Further information

For further information on the works, please contact Council’s Coordinator Engineering Projects, Nathan Bachmann on 9298 4224. 

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