Construction has recently been completed for a new bicycle path along Ashley Street in Braybrook, Victoria. The new path forms part of Melbourne’s Principal Bicycle Network and links to an existing shared path running along the north side of the Sydenham railway corridor. This project is part of a wider programme of creating bicycle links across Western Melbourne and will serve to further improve bicycle access between Braybrook and West Footscray. HDS Australia designed and documented the project for Maribyrnong City Council.
The new path provides a north-south link along the west side of Ashley Street. It runs from Rupert Street, close to Tottenham railway station, to the Central West Plaza located at the corner of South Road and Ashley Street. The new path is approximately 500 metres long and includes four road crossings. There are sections of exclusive bicycle path and, where road reserve width is limited, shared pedestrian / bicycle path. The post-construction picture attached to this article shows a location where coloured pavement marking has been used to delineate the transition from a shared path environment to a separated bicycle path and pedestrian footpath.
HDS Australia was responsible for arranging a feature survey, preparing concept and detailed designs, documenting the project and preparing a cost estimate. We also undertook intersection capacity analysis and liaised with VicRoads regarding upgrades to traffic signal infrastructure to provide bicycle signals at the intersections of Ashley Street / Marsden Parade / Barkly Street and Ashley Street / Central West Plaza Access Road.
A further 600 metres of new bicycle path, which was also designed and documented by HDS Australia, will be constructed next year. It will extend the off-road bicycle facility west along the south side of South Road to Rochester Street.