City of Melbourne is planning to install kerbside protected bike lanes on Kavanagh Street, between Southbank Boulevard and Balston Street. There will also be parking and streetscape changes in Balston Street to reduce the impact of parking losses on Kavanagh Street.

Kavanagh Street is a key component of the city's Bicycle Plan 2016 (PDF 5.85 MB), City Road Masterplan (PDF 3.96 MB) and Transport Strategy 2030 (PDF 16.22 MB). It's part of our commitment to create 50km of protected, on-road bicycle lanes on key routes in the city.

The works will deliver:

  • An alternative bicycle route to Southbank Promenade, reducing conflict between pedestrians and cyclists.
  • A safe connection between protected bike lanes on Moray Street and Southbank Boulevard.
  • A future cycling connection to bike lanes proposed on City Road, to the west of Balston Street. This will ultimately improve cycling connections between Port Melbourne and South Melbourne.
  • No impact on the existing width of footpaths or nature strips and little impact on traffic capacity.
  • The installation of eight new trees in the roadway of Balston Street.
  • The future ability to install new trees within the centre of Kavanagh Street subject to funding. This will improve canopy coverage and streetscape, which aligns with our Urban Forest Strategy (PDF 5.41 MB).

Past updates


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Consultation with Working Group representatives

    September 2019 to January 2020

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Community consultation

    3 February to 26 February 2020

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Feedback reviewed

    February to March 2020

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Construction commences (subject to approval)

    Construction is continuing to be completed by end of 2020. Local vehicle access will be maintained during the works.

Consultation closed

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Learn more about the changes to Kavanagh Street and feedback we heard through community consultation.

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