We’re fast-tracking the delivery of 40 kilometres of kerbside protected bike lanes across the city in partnership with the Victorian Government.
The new bike lanes will connect into Melbourne’s existing bike lane network and provide a safe, efficient, sustainable transport alternative that will support physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic and get the city moving again as restrictions are eased.
The new lanes are key routes identified in City of Melbourne's Transport Strategy 2030 which was developed with extensive community consultation over 2018 and 2019. The routes are also Strategic Cycling Corridors identified by the Victorian Government.
The Strategy sets Council’s vision for Melbourne to be Australia’s premier bicycle city. More people will be confident to ride with a connected network of safe and protected bicycle lanes and high-quality bicycle parking facilities.
Works to deliver the bike lanes began in late July 2020 and will be delivered in two stages. The first stage is delivering 20 kilometres of protected bike lanes in the central city over a 6 month period.
See these new routes and tell us what's working well and what can be improved on the share your experience page. You can share feedback by the online survey or by adding a marker to the interactive map.
As part of this program, we’re installing footpath extensions on the east side of Spencer Street, between Lonsdale and Collins streets in October and November 2020. There will also be a short section of footpath extension on the north side of Collins Street just east of Spencer Street.
The existing footpaths will be extended into the roadway using bollards, temporary kerbs, planter boxes, bicycle hoops and seating to create a safe space for pedestrians.
The extensions are the first step in delivering much needed space on our busy footpaths – we know footpaths and pedestrian crossing waiting areas on Spencer Street and are the most overcrowded in the city at peak commute times.
These changes will help support physical distancing and provide more space to get the city moving again as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.