Tour Buses Given Time To Move From Danger Area

The Age

Wednesday September 24, 2008

Kate Lahey, City Reporter

TOUR buses will be allowed in Swanston Street for eight more weeks before being forced out as part of Melbourne City Council's response to the death of a cyclist.

But the bus industry has warned that the council will also need to go further if it is serious about safety.

Dozens of bunches of flowers have been laid at the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets in memory of the Parkville woman who died after falling from her bike in front of a tour bus on Thursday.

Swanston Street is closed to general traffic during the day, and has become the nation's busiest cycling route.

Each day, about 4000 cyclists vie for space with tourist buses, taxis, cars and delivery vans, and 1700 trams.

Yesterday, the council and tour companies agreed the buses would move temporarily on November 24 to an area next to the Alexandra Gardens, St Kilda Road, south of Princes Bridge.

The council expects that mid next year, with the completion of the Southern Cross development in Bourke Street, the buses will move there permanently.

Russell Coffey, of the Bus Association Victoria, said tour operators were willing to move but had told the council that the cyclist's death could have just as easily involved a different type of vehicle.

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