‘Whoever designed this didn’t think it through’: Cyclists complain about ‘poorly-designed’ bike lane in Melbourne being blocked by garbage bins
- Cyclist posted a picture online of large garbage bins blocking a new bike lane
- The picture prompted anger from some while others didn’t see an issue
A ‘poorly designed’ bike lane has caused anger among cyclists after a picture was shared online.
The new bike lane on Eldridge Street in Footscray, Melbourne, was only finished in early June but cyclists say they are already being hindered.
A local cyclist posted a picture of the bike lane being blocked by five garbage bins to Reddit.
A ‘poorly designed’ bike lane in Melbourne has caused confusion and some anger among cyclists just weeks after it was finished after residents started leaving bins in the lane (pictured)
‘This separated bike lane seems suboptimal,’ the user wrote alongside the picture.
The post prompted a number of people to share their own frustrations at perceived oversights.
‘Why do councils always forget about bins?’ one user wrote.
‘Whoever designed this road infrastructure really didn’t think it though,’ another added.
‘I’d be very tempted to move those bins into the car lane,’ a third wrote.
However not everyone found the bins to be an issue for passing cyclists.
‘Took me a few seconds before I figured out what was wrong … I reckon there’s enough space for cyclists,’ the user responded.
‘I dunno. I just see someone complaining about nothing,’ another chimed in.
‘That’s plenty of room. You guys ride on those tiny lines anyway,’ another added.
The City of Maribyrnong’s director of infrastructure services Steve Hamilton said the lane was designed for the safety of riders and bins weren’t to be left in their path.
‘Residents in this street are expected to leave their bins on the nature strip as is common throughout the municipality,’ he told Yahoo News.
‘The separator is part of our commitment to deliver bicycle improvements over the next 10 years in the City of Maribyrnong, as outlined in our Bicycle Strategy.’
On streets like Eldridge garbage men are responsible for wheeling the bins out to the truck and back to the nature strip.
Mr Hamilton said letters would be sent to residents and body corporate along the path of the bike lane to ensure bins are being left on the nature strip.
‘We will continue to monitor the bicycle lane to ensure that it remains clear,’ he said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Maribyrnong City Council for further comment.
City of Maribyrnong’s director of infrastructure services Steve Hamilton said the lane was designed for the safety of riders and bins weren’t to be left in their path (stock image of cyclist)