Since 2008 the City of Yarra has been planning to plant trees in the centre of Gore St. Now the tree sites are being installed and, from what I hear, many residents are very unhappy about their placement. I went to look for myself last Saturday and could barely believe how dangerous the situation is.
Placing obstacles in the centre of the street forces drivers to move further to the left to avoid them. In the few minutes I stood there in the rain taking photos I saw several cars driving into the bicycle lane to avoid the obstacles. This is likely to get worse once the trees are planted and grow larger.
The consequence is that cyclists are likely to be injured or killed as drivers use the cycle lanes as part of the road. Should this unfortunately be the case I hope the cyclists affected sue the council for negligence.
When the City of Yarra installed speed bumps on Gipps St in Collingwood a couple of years ago it then had to install barriers alongside them on the boundary of the cycle and car lanes to stop drivers using the cycle lane to drive around the speed bumps. It seems they have not learned anything from that.
I would also not be surprised if some guerrilla resident action resulted in the destruction of these tree sites…