Road safety and park access improved in joint project

9 June 2016


New raised zebra crossings and roundabout improvements have helped increase access to Elsternwick Park in a joint project from the City of Port Phillip and Bayside City Council.

The intersection of St Kilda St, Ormond Rd and Bent Ave on the park’s edge forms the boundary of the two Council areas. It is one of 20 roundabouts retrofitted since 2005, with this innovative road treatment developed by the City of Port Phillip, with no new roundabouts built since then.

Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss said it was a great outcome for the residents of Port Phillip, who can now safely navigate the roundabout to enter the Bayside City Council’s park.

"This simple improvement to the road puts pedestrians and cyclists first," Cr Voss said. "The use of raised zebra crossings on all four points of the roundabout helps to control vehicle speed in an area that has experienced a number of accidents in recent years."

The intersection has been the scene of six injury crashes between 2010 and 2015, five involving cyclists.

"Not only will these works reduce the number of accidents, they’ll give cyclists and pedestrians more confidence to navigate the roundabout and use the fantastic facilities of Elsternwick Park. The City of Port Phillip is extremely grateful to Bayside City Council for their contributions to this project that will improve safety and accessibility for all road users."

Bayside City Council Mayor James Long said the new roundabout will be of particular assistance to people wanting to access Elsternwick Park.

"Elsternwick Park is one of Bayside’s best loved community spaces however safe pedestrian access into the Western side of the park has been of growing concern," Cr Long said.

"This new roundabout and raised zebra crossing will help make accessing the park safer for all road users but particularly for cyclists and young families with strollers. On Behalf of Bayside City Council I am delighted to be able to have extended the hand of cooperation and work with our good neighbour the City of Port Phillip to help this important project to be realised."

The roundabout improvements cost a total of $218,000 including a $75,000 contribution from Bayside City Council.

Page last updated: 09 Jun 2016