A lack of safety is widely recognised as the major barrier to people getting on their bikes. How it feels to ride a bicycle has an impact on people’s willingness to ride.
BikeSpot 2020 provided the opportunity for all Victorians to share their perceptions of cycling safety at different locations (by adding Safe or Unsafe Spots to the map via a web-based interactive map) and help develop new insights for the prioritisation of cycling safety improvements.
BikeSpot 2020 was developed by CrowdSpot in close collaboration with the Amy Gillett Foundation and 12 official Government project partners.
The map was open for submissions (spot, comments or ‘likes’) for 2 months between 31 March — 31 May 2020.
In addition to the full report and interactive archive map links, below are our top 5 findings.
Our Top 5 findings:
1. Cyclists and drivers want dedicated space from other transport modes
2. Traffic speed causes the most stress for cyclists
(followed by ‘Too much vehicle traffic’ and ‘Car dooring’ fears).
3. Want more confident riders? — Build a connected network
‘Interested but concerned’ cyclists (least experienced / least confident cyclists) rank on average ‘Cycle lane ends’ as their top stress experience.
4. Fear of car dooring — a daily concern
Top submitted fears that cyclists experience multiple times per week.
5(a). Top 10 Unsafe Spots — Transport corridors surrounding the Melbourne CBD are the biggest issues
5(b). Top 10 Safe Spots — Recognising the best separated and off-road paths
The Age — 2 July 2020
Riders name and shame Melbourne's worst cycling spots
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Broadsheet — 17 May 2020
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The Age — 14 May 2020
'I went straight into the back of it': Cyclists single out Melbourne's scariest suburbs
The city centre is followed by St Kilda (96 votes), Footscray (93), South Yarra (82) and Brunswick (65). But the most…
Riverine Herald — 4 May 2020
Echuca bike riders urged to report unsafe cycling spots - Riverine Herald
ACTIVE Transport Echuca East Group is calling on bike riders to report on unsafe cycling spots in the town. In the hope…
3CR Yarra BUG Radio Show — 20 April 2020
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Herald Sun — 31 March 2020
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3AW Breakfast Radio Interview — 31 March 2020