Safer cycling along Yarra Boulevard

Cyclists on the popular Yarra Boulevard in Kew can ride with confidence this long weekend thanks to the deployment of new mobile CCTV trailers.

The safety boost, which also aims reduce hoon driving, drug activity and anti-social behaviour including dangerous tacks, was made possible by a $110,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.

The three new mobile CCTV trailers will be managed by Victoria Police, and monitor the 6km stretch of the Boulevard that has been the target of malicious tacking incidents over the years.

Two of the units are already on site and the third will be deployed soon, all of which also aim to tackle other challenges such as hoon driving, drug activity and anti-social behaviour.

The units are able to capture footage in low light conditions and will assist Victoria Police in identifying culprits.

Following community concern and an estimated cost of $100,000 per year for VicRoads to sweep the Boulevard with a magnetic mat, Victoria Police established the Yarra Boulevard Committee, which consisted of representatives from Boroondara City Council, VicRoads, Parks Victoria, Cycling Victoria and local resident groups.

The Committee worked together to identify environmental design and cost-effective options to improve road safety in the precinct and deter further criminal activity.

The mobility of the units means that in the long term, they can be redeployed to other areas to improve public safety and strengthen police operations.

Since 2015, the Victorian Government has provided almost $15 million in Public Safety Infrastructure Grants to support 92 projects under the Community Crime Prevention Program.