Bicycle route naming and signs standards

This letter was sent as a submission on behalf of the listed Bicycle User Groups on Tuesday 8 June 2010.


Dear Minister Pallas and Premier Brumby,

We, the undersigned Bicycle User Groups (BUGs), wish to draw to your attention to the opportunities outlined in this letter for improving the safety and utility of cycling and the improved delivery of cycling infrastructure throughout Victoria.

Current issues

Lack of coordination and consistency across council boundaries

The current situation where councils all do their own thing with respect to cycle paths is quite unsatisfactory. VicRoads has developed guidelines for signage but that these are not binding on councils. Furthermore there is no central registry of the actual names of trails. Some councils use sensible descriptive names, others choose quirky names that are not appropriate.

Bicycle or shared path access points and signage

Signs on roads that indicate access points to bicycle or shared paths should lead cyclists to them, and be placed at every turn or intersection to guide potential users to the access point

Continuity of bicycle and shared paths

Links to the external world

When shared paths cross over or under roads or streets these should be clearly identified, thus enabling cyclists to use paths more easily for utility purposes.

Consistent appearance of signs

Signs for cycle paths and routes, both on and off road, should have a consistent appearance and information including:

Signs and their location (designated by a unique code) could also be used be emergency services for establishing locations when required.

Appropriate level of government responsibility for safe cycling facilites

It is currently unclear who in Government is responsible and accountable for delivering safe cycling infrastructure in Victoria. Currently, responsibilities are spread across and shared between local councils, VicRoads, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and several Victorian State Government departments and Ministers.

Due to the current unclear and diffused responsibility for cycling infrastructure, state and local government bodies involved in providing cycling infrastructure often do not have shared or consistent approaches or priorities.

For example:

A state government department and Minister that can coordinate across the following areas and regions would greatly improve delivery of safe and effective cycling infrastructure. The Minister for Cycling could be responsible for:


We, the signatories of this letter recommend:

Response from Office of Minister for Roads and Ports

Bicycle route naming and signs standards, Office of Minister for Roads and Ports, 29 Jul 2010