Improved connectivity for Melbourne
The protected bike lanes will provide a fully connected bike route for cyclists riding from Moray Street in South Melbourne to Southbank Boulevard on their way to the CBD. It will also link with future bike lanes proposed on City Road to improve connection to Port Melbourne.
Protected bike lanes provide people riding bikes with separation from moving traffic and car door openings. Research from the Transport Strategy 2030 indicates that this will encourage more people to ride, including those who are less confident. Findings show 83 per cent of “would be bike riders” feel confident with protected lanes, compared to just 22 per cent with painted lanes (see page 45).
The new bike lane on Kavanagh Street will provide a fully connected bike route for cyclists riding from Moray Street (in South Melbourne) to Southbank Boulevard on their way to the CBD. The Kavanagh Street bike lane will also link with future bike lanes proposed on City Road to improve connection to Port Melbourne.
The proposal will include an overall net loss of 25 on-street parking spaces from the streets within this precinct. This includes:
- Kavanagh Street: A net loss of approximately 49 on-street parking spaces between Southbank Boulevard and Balston Street. This is because the existing angled parking spaces in Kavanagh Street will need to be converted to parallel parking.
- Balston Street: A net increase of 24 on-street parking spaces between Power Street and the freeway by installing new angled parking on the west side of the street. Eight new trees will be installed between the spaces to improve the streetscape.
The proposal will also include new ‘3 hour limit (free)’ parking restrictions on weeknights and weekends, which aim to improve parking opportunities for residents and their visitors.
It was observed that many vehicles currently parking in Kavanagh and Balston Streets were owned by visitors of surrounding attractions, looking to obtain long-term free parking. The new '3 hour limit (free)' restrictions would discourage this, while offering a reasonable parking length, targeted to visitors of surrounding residents.
There are nine commercial parking facilities which provide a total of 3277 parking spaces within 350 metres of Kavanagh Street, which will target the visitors of surrounding attractions and allow the new parking spaces on Kavanagh and Balston Streets to be more available for residents of the area.
A diagram of these design and parking layout changes can be found in the Document Library below and on the Have your say page.
Kavanagh Street was identified as a key bicycle connection in the City Road Masterplan in 2016. This proposal received majority support from the community (see page 32).
In September 2019 the proposed design was discussed with a Working Group consisting of representatives of the Southbank Residents Association, and the Owners Corporations representatives of the apartment buildings located along Kavanagh Street.
These discussions led to modifications to the original design and have minimised the negative impacts on parking opportunities for residents and their visitors, and improved the streetscape for the short and long-term.
Cross-section of proposed bike lane design on Kavanagh Street
- Roadway designed to allow future installation of 1.8m wide tree islands in centre of road.
- A painted median strip will be installed short-term, to improve safety for pedestrians crossing the road.
- Kerbside bike lanes will be 2m wide, adjacent to 0.8m wide separator islands.
Map of existing and future cycling routes in the Southbank Precinct
- Will the loss of parking spaces on Kavanagh Street make it more difficult for residents' visitors to park?
- Have opportunities to install additional on-street parking in nearby streets been investigated?
- Were alternate design options considered that could have reduced the loss of parking spaces?
- Could one-way traffic flows be implemented on Kavanagh Street as a way to retain parking?
- Are there opportunities to improve the streetscape through greening?