Bicycle Network: Good Design Guides
Port Phillip: Danks St tram stop
Danks St tram stop
Aug 04 Bicycle Network Victoria welcomes the new tram stop design on Danks St, Middle Park as a design that improves public transport, cycling and walking. We would like a bike lane on it as shown.
Upgrades to tram stops in Melbourne will have a significant impact on cycling. The new easy access stop on Danks St in Middle Park provides an example of how to design tram stops that will not only improve tram services but also create a better road environment for people cycling and walking.
The stop was constructed by the City of Port Phillip and costs less than most roundabouts.
Combined with new low floor trams, the stop makes trams accessible to people of all physical abilities, including those in wheelchairs. The stops also slow down motor vehicle traffic and allow easy passage of bicycles in the wide kerbside lane through the stops.
They are more bicycle-friendly than other types of tram stops that do not slow down traffic or force cyclists to share a narrow traffic lane with motor vehicles. Bicycle Network Victoria supports these types of stops though they could be improved for bicycles by marking bike lanes through the stop. This would create more room for cyclists and enhance the speed reduction effect of the stops. We would like to see more of them constructed as part of the upgrading of Melbourne's tram network.