Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
Inner: Southbank of the Yarra
This pages covers the bike route on the south side of the river from Punt Road (City of Melbourne boundary) to the Eel Trap Bridge at the western end of the Convention Centre project and possible westward extensions along the Webb Dock railway line and connections to the Bay Trail and Westgate Park.
Southbank under Princes Bridge access to return
29 June 2012 This morning at 9:07am we were retrospectively advised by the project team that Southbank access was closed as of 7am. Thankfully this closure will only last until 6pm. These works outlined below will result in a full reopening along the promenade by Saturday 14 July 2012.
7am – 6pm Friday 29 June 2012 and Monday 2 July 2012 – concrete works
7am – 6pm Thursday 5 July – Removal of ramp on lower promenade
7am – 6pm Tuesday 10 July – Friday 13 July 2012 - Install balustrade on Princess Bridge, place new asphalt under bridge and lay bluestone pavers .
More pain, more often for bikes around Hamer Hall
24 May 2012 We have just recieved the following update from the constructors on the Hamer Hall Project. Sadly there was no consultation over the dangerous bollards introduced on St Kilda Rd recently, which look set to stay for more weeks to come.
"Due to some unexpected conditions encountered during the pavement demolition works on St Kilda Road, the works are now significantly more than first anticipated. We have approached City of Melbourne for a full lane closure on St Kilda Road for a period of 3 weeks so that we can divert pedestrians around the works safely, while still being able to complete the works.
After meeting with Council on site to explain the issues, they have agreed to allow the lane closure. I have attached the traffic management plan that has been prepared, indicating the temporary diversion.
The lane on St Kilda Road that we will be using for pedestrians occupies the lane that is normally used by bicycle riders, so one of the stipulations in the TMP is that bicycle riders will have to dismount if using the path we provide on St Kilda Road.
At this stage, we are aiming to implement the changes within the next few days.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any additional details.
Communications & Stakeholder Manager
Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment"
Trail closed on South bank
14 June 2011. City of Stonnington advises that the south bank Capital City Trail will be closed this week at Grange Rd as part of the Biodiversity Linkages Project.
The path will be closed for two days being Wednesday June 15th and Thursday June 16th between 9.30am - 3pm. On these days cyclists and pedestrians will be advised to use the North Bank Main Yarra Trail. Please follow the signs.
Gates close at Hamer Hall
14 September 2010. The $128M Hamer Hall redevelopment, described as the new gateway to Southbank cultural precinct, has effectively closed off the direct river route to bikes. Hamer Hall web site indicates it is now expected to reopen on 26 July 2012.
Bike riders have been encouraged to use an alternative route during this time, although there is not really such a route that meets rider requirements.
Riders may be able to walk their bikes through the congested area immediately adjacent to the Hall. It is not advisable to ride through this area because of the blind turns. Cyclists may find themselves legally liable in the case of a collision.
Download the map of the changes.
New sewer blocks trail
13 September 2010. The Melbourne Main Sewer under the Yarra is being replaced and some disruption to the bike trail is expected at South Wharf.
This week the project was preparing the site for the tunnel boring machine by locating any underground utilities - gas, electricity, water; strengthen the ground where excavation works are to occur; and excavation of the shaft and temporary propping
Disruption cannot be avoided at the new riverfront boardwalk at the nearby Yarra’s Edge Complex, is yet to be completed.
Trail gets its capital C back
14 April 2010. After months of disruption the Capital City Trail under Swan Street along the Yarra south bank is now better than ever.
Riders encounter smooth three metre plus width asphalt path and a safety rail conforming to current standards. The slightly raised level of the path should reduce flood impacts. Line marking will be added soon.
The section of the path was originally blocked to allow VicRoads to undertake remedial work on the Swan Street Bridge, which was subsiding because of the the volume of water being pumped from the CityLink tunnel below.
Also, Melboune Water has just about finished stabilisation works on the river bank nearby.
The cooperation of VicRoads, Melbourne Water and the City of Melbourne has resulted in a worthy result . . . finally.
Swan Street Bridge Detour
2 March 2010. The Capital City Trail under Swan Street along southbank will be blocked for three weeks from next week.
As per the item below on 5th November the City of Melbourne advises that work will start on the rebuilding of the Capital City path under Swan St Bridge on Tuesday March 9th.
Cyclists will genearlly have to use the northbank Yarra Trail by crossing at Morell Bridge or Swan St Bridge footpath.
Melbourne City will put up advisory detour signs to assist although regular riders will easily understand the alternative route.
Cyclists from Chapel St area however are not yet properly catered for as they will need to get up to the top path. Bicycle Network Victoria will be working with City of Melbourne to improve their alternative route.
The three weeks or so of inconvenience should be rewarded with a much improved path on southbank under Swan St bridge.
Bingle blocks Birrarung Marr
1 March 2010. Worksafe Victoria has temporarily closed the Capital City Trail along Yarra northbank approaching the city following a collision between a bike rider and Moomba Festival crew member on Friday.
It will remain closed until Thursday, March 4, when Moomba set up is completed. It will be closed again for the Moomba pull out from Tuesday 9 March and Friday 12 March.
Notoriously, there is no defined path for the Capital City Trail through Birrarung Marr.
The City Of Melbourne has asked bike riders to take an alternative route.
- Inbound cyclists will be directed to continue along Batman Ave to Flinders Street and on into the CBD;
- Alternatives for outbound cyclists from the top of Princes Walk and Federation Square, are either St Kilda Road to Alexandra Gardens, or St Kilda Road to Flinders Street, then along Batman Ave to their chosen destination.
Birrarung Marr closed to traffic for event
4 February 2010. Riders should note that the Sustainable Living Festival will require a bike traffic diversion along Yarra Bank from 15-22 February.
Signage will be in place to assist with the re-direction.
Fix for Capital City Trail flooding at Swan Street Bridge
5 November 2009. The City of Melbourne will re-align a 100 metre section of the Capital City Trail at Swan Street to make it less susceptible to flooding.
The work follows 12 months of intensive work by VicRoads to strengthening the abutments of the Swan Street bridge, which had settled due to City Link tunnel water extraction.
Instead of reinstating the path to existing levels VicRoads will contribute to the City plan to rebuild the path at a higher level.
The project will supplement a riverbank strengthening plan by Melbourne Water, which will start first and close the Trail for seven to ten days from 8 November.
Rider will be detoured over Morell Bridge.
The work on the new path will start soon after, on a date to be notified.
Bank Rehabilitation Works
Works will take place from the Swan Street Landing extending underneath the Bridge to the Henley Landing, involving about 120 metres of waterway.
Detours will direct cyclists to use the top path via a temporary diversion up the slope or via signage at Morell Bridge. Most works will be done outside commuter hours.
More detail for path users will be given as works progress.
Southbank craft market move
Sinking feeling at Swan Street
6 November 2008. A 42 week diversion of the south bank Yarra path at Swan Street Bridge is imminent, as work starts to revive the sinking structure.
As well as the VicRoads bridge works, Melbourne Water is working in the vicinity on river bank rehabilitation.
These projects require the re-routing of the shared path. Bicycle Network Victoria has been consulted on the plans, which are designed to minimise disruption to bike riders.
Signage and public notices will forwarn path users.
The Melbourne Water project is upstream of the bridge in two stages, the first starting now and stage two in the Spring of 2009. These activities will divert the path up the bank to the pedestrian path closer to Alexander Avenue.
The Swan Street Bridge has been subsiding because of drainage for the CitiLink tunnels. VicRoads will be working under the bridge on the south side.
For these works the path will be cantilevered over the river.
May 06 Cyclist dismount signs have been removed and the area defined as a shared zone on our request. We support this approach as it maintains rider access to Southbank destinations and low speed through travel. It is our understanding that the Northbank cycle route will allow for higher speeds. The north bank is currently carrying twice as many riders as the south.
The advisory speed limit is 10kph which is appropriate for a high use pedestrian zone (see below)
We ask riders to respect the other users on Southbank.
The Capital City Trail along the Yarra River through Southbank is an integral part of Melbourne's bicycle network. Not only is Southbank a popular destination for recreational bike riders looking for refreshments, it is also a through route for cyclists riding the trail to other destinations.
Melbourne Experience Trail
Bicycle Network Victoria's vision for a path on both sides of the Yarra between Docklands and Birrarung Marr. In 1994 we developed a proposal for a shared bicycle and pedestrian path on both sides of the Yarra River between Webb bridge and MacRobertson Bridge.
The cornerstone of the project for the Melbourne Experience Trail is the section between Birrarung Marr and Docklands along the Yarra's northbank. The $18 million dollar project will enhance Melbourne's riverfront precinct and provide an attractive walking and cycling route along the Yarra's north bank.
Bicycle Network Victoria wants to see this section constructed prior to the Commonwealth Games to enable walking a cycling access to games venues along the trail network.
Despite Southbank being a shared zone for pedestrians and cyclists since the promenade was opened (and maps published by City of Melbourne in 1993, Parks Victoria's Open Space Strategy released in 1992 and Melway maps all recognise Southbank as a shared zone for cyclists and pedestrians) the City of Melbourne has done a back-flip claiming that the Capital City Trail through Southbank is not a bike route.
This contradicts signage which was installed when Southbank was constructed stating it is a 'shared pathway'.
Melbourne City Council is claiming that the bike route is only 'proposed' and have stated in correspondence that they consider the promenade is 'a non-designated bicycle area'.
In Dec 2002 'Cyclists dismount' signs were installed at Princess Bridge, primarily to encourage people to dismount when the markets are on. Although only advisory they give confusing messages, especially outside market times when the bridge undercroft is empty.
During market times we believe this public thoroughfare should not be blocked to people walking or cycling along the Capital City Trail.
Space should be maintained to allow people in wheelchairs, pushing prams or on bikes to enter Southbank under Princes Bridge without getting caught up in the bottleneck created by the markets.
Suggested improvements for Southbank
Managing how people use Southbank's mixed zone would be improved by:
- Replacing 'Cyclists dismount' signage at Princes Bridge with a clearer and more appropriate message: "Shared zone. Slow. Cyclists give way to pedestrians. This is similar to Hardware Lane or MacKillop St which are shared zones for motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
- Reducing the concentration of market stalls by relocating some beyond the undercroft of the bridge(particularly in the sunny and popular summer months) to eliminate the unsafe bottleneck.
- Construct the Northbank path to provide an additional walking and cycling route to give people an alternative to using Southbank.
Exhibition Centre to Webb bridge
There is a gap in the trail between the Exhibition Centre and Webb bridge in Docklands. Currently there is a bumpy wooden boardwalk along the river that is unsuitable for wheeled devices such as bicycles and wheelchairs (although access is still available). It also has a set of steps near Charles Grimes bridge so trail users must detour through the south wharf carpark to avoid the steps.
See link (right) for photos and suggestions for completing this missing section.
Jun 05The state government and City of Melbourne's are converting the historical Sandridge Rail Bridge into a pedestrian and cycle river crossing. Work commenced early in 2005 on the south side of the river as part of the Queensbridge Square development.
Bicycle Network Victoria commented on draft plans in 2002. We emphasised that the final design needed to include the following:
- Maintain direct access for bicycles through Queensbridge Square as the route is part of the Capital City Trail.
- Provide connection for biycles with Southbank Boulevard (a Principle Bicycle Network Route)
- Provide a ramped connection to Sandridge Bridge. Ideally the ramp should have generous width to allow easy movement by wheelchairs, prams and bikes as well as pedestrians
- Provide for bicycle access over Queens Bridge and along Queens Bridge Street (north and south).
In April 2005 we contacted City of Melbourne about the connection from Southbank Boulevard to the Capital City Trail as we were concerned that a good connection for bikes may be overlooked. This is an important route for people travelling from St Kilda Rd bike lanes to the west end of the city via Queensbridge and Market St. Recent road works on Southbank between City Rd and Freshwater Place provided an opportunity to install bike lanes on this section of road but they weren't included.