Travellers are the first to admit they are in for a long, bumpy journey, but some have taken it to heart.
Key points:Motorists are being urged to avoid the notorious “walking route planner” walk and the city’s infamous “talking route planner”.
It’s been called the most dangerous city in Australia, and the country has the highest suicide rate in the world.
Traffic jams have been reported and even the road itself has been condemned as a “death trap”.
A study of Melbourne’s busiest roads has revealed the worst of it is the walking route, where drivers are being encouraged to avoid walking on the city-owned land.
It’s a notorious “talking path” for drivers who use the narrow street to get around town, as they attempt to find parking or get to the nearby suburbs.
Key facts:There are more than 2,000 walking paths in Melbourne and the most popular one is the “talking pathway” which has been described as the “worst route for pedestrians”.
The study found more than half of all walking paths are in areas with fewer than 10 parking spaces.
The city’s busiest streets, along with the most common destinations for pedestrians, include:Gardens of the past and future: The City of Yarra, Adelaide, Melbourne’s CBD and Geelong.
Travellers: The CBD’s CBD, CBD Road, Swanston Street, Glebe Road, Southbank and CBD River.
Drivers: The Western Freeway, Arundel, Swanwick and CBD Road.
The study said Melbourne’s traffic congestion is a result of a combination of factors, including congestion on city roads, poor planning and a lack of awareness of pedestrians.
“The Walking Path is a very difficult area to access in Melbourne, especially for children, because it is often on a busy arterial road, such as Swanston, Glebes road, Gleb Road or Swanwick,” the study said.
“These roads are designed for cars, but in Melbourne they are designed specifically for pedestrians.”
It added the walking path also makes for an ideal target for vehicles.
“Because it is a narrow street, people walk on the sidewalk to the left or right of the road.
The walking path does not allow people to walk around the vehicle.
The car does not see pedestrians walking up the road and so drivers do not see them,” the report said.
The report said the Walking Path also has an “unsafe” reputation for accidents, with pedestrians and cyclists walking alongside vehicles on the road, and it’s not uncommon for vehicles to be involved in collisions.
Traversers are encouraged to be aware of the walking pathway and its safety signs and to keep to the edges of the pathway, the study added.
It urged drivers to make sure pedestrians and bicyclists have their eyes on the right side of the street and not cross the road to the other side.
It said there are currently no restrictions on how far drivers can travel on the walking paths.
“This is a problem because it makes for a dangerous environment for pedestrians and the vehicle drivers,” the Melbourne Traffic Management Authority said in a statement.
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