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Lord Mayor suggests no-go zones for Melbourne’s cyclists to improve safety

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says while widening bike lanes could work on some roads, the city should look at making some roads no go zones for cyclists to improve safety.

New figures show bike riders make up one fifth of all traffic coming into the city between 7am and 10am.

User groups say the numbers warrant wider lanes to deal with the increased traffic.

Cr Doyle told Neil Mitchell that’s not the only solution for integration on arterials and the council continued to investigate the safest option.

‘You’ve got to look for the right solutions for right roads, what’s the best treatment for the roadway to keep people safe,’ he said.

‘I reckon there are some roads where they should no go zones for cyclists.

‘It’s about safety and sharing that roadway.’

He said Spencer Street was particularly narrow and possibly dangerous for cyclists.

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