Implementation of bike "sharrow" symbols at easy access tram stops

Melbourne is working towards creating a modern accessible tram network, which includes progressively replacing trams with ‘low-floor’ models, and upgrading tram stops to ensure full accessibility for all tram users. This is also a legislated requirement under the Disability Discrimination Act, which requires a fully accessible network by 2032. Currently approximately 25% of tram stops in Melbourne have been upgraded to accessible stops. Most accessible tram stops completed to date are at locations where there is sufficient road space for fully separated platform stops. On narrower roadways where it has been difficult to install platform stops without altering the function and operation of the road, the Easy Access Stops (EAS) are being adopted. On a dual traffic lane undivided road, an EAS raises the kerbside lane adjacent to the centre tram track lane to allow for passengers to have a level and step free path from the footpath to the floor of a low-floor tram, The raised kerbside lane still forms part of the roadway, retaining full capacity for general traffic use. Where a pair of EAS (directly opposite each other) are deployed on dual lane undivided roads, the tram track centres are required to be widened to 3.8m to maintain 3.3m wide traffic lanes to allow large vehicles to safely traverse between the raised stops. Where the road is conducive to cycle travel, it is preferred and encouraged for safety that motorists share and merge with a cyclist to travel in single file across the EAS rather than attempting to squeeze past and overtake a cyclist. To promote and reinforce this desirable behaviour by all road users, the bike ‘Sharrow’ symbol is being trialled for their use at EAS.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: AITPM National Traffic and Transport Conference, 15-18 August 2017, Melbourne

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  • Accession Number: 01664029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 22 2018 12:30PM