We are proposing to install protected bike lanes along Arden Street and Macaulay Road in North Melbourne and Kensington. These works are part of our program to deliver a network of new, protected bike lanes across the municipality, providing a safer journey for all bike riders and road users.

To date, more than 19km of bike lanes have been rolled out, resulting in a 22 per cent increase in usage. Bike lanes not only provide a safer journey, but also support a cleaner, greener Melbourne.

Arden Street and Macaulay Road are two key routes identified in Council’s Transport Strategy 2030, which was developed with extensive community consultation and has in its vision that Melbourne will be Australia’s premier cycling city.

The new bike lanes align with the Macaulay Structure Plan and Arden Precinct Structure Plan and what was heard from the community through consultation on these plans.

The proposed bike lanes will run 1.5 km in each direction on Arden Street and 1.4 km in each direction on Macaulay Road. The bike lanes will be located next to the kerb and will be separated from traffic by separation kerbs and parking bays.

To provide space for the new protected bike lanes, traffic lanes and parking bays will need to be adjusted and reduced along some sections. The proposed works will remove 41 parking bays (198 retained) in Arden Street and 40 parking bays (132 retained) in Macaulay Road. The plans below show the proposed works including a summary of key changes for each section

The improvements will link the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Capital City Trail with existing protected bike lanes on Abbotsford Street.

We asked for your feedback on the draft design plan for the proposed bike lanes. While the location for the bike lane improvements is final, some examples of things that could be changed as a result of your feedback included parking controls, drop off and loading zone locations, pram ramps and street amenity improvements.

View the draft design plan



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation

    Wednesday 26 April to Wednesday 24 May 2023

  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    Review feedback

    We will carefully consider all feedback and submit an updated design to the Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) for approval.

    Mid 2023

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Finalise plan

    Council will include an updated design plan if any changes are made following consultation, as well as when the community might expect to hear more regarding potential timing for roll out and delivery.


  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Works commence

    Once approvals have been obtained from DTP, construction will commence.


Pop-up sessions

Wednesday 3 May 2023 11:00 am – 01:00 pm

North Melbourne Library

Saturday 6 May 2023 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kensington Fresh Food Market

Bellair Street Reserve ‘Skinny Park’

Wednesday 10 May 2023 03:00 pm – 05:00 pm

North Melbourne Community

The park area on the corner of Mark St and Buncle St, North Melbourne - near the entrance to the North Melbourne Community Centre.

Contact us

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