Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
Inner: Collins St
This route runs from the intersection with Spring St (Melway 2F K3) to the intersection of Spencer St (2F A6)
Trouble spots marked with rumble edge
17 March 2010. Sections of Collins Street have been marked with a rumble edge. This has improved lane discipline and shows an increasing confidence in the use of this treatment by the City of Melbourne.
Rumble edge treatments have been proved effective at keeping motor vehicles out of bike lanes in an increasing number of locations in Melbourne, and more widespread use is likely in the future.
Collins Street, with its non-standard narrow 'bike lanes' is particularly sensitive to the wandering driver.
If you use this route and appreciate the upgrade please tell the City.
Trouble spots highlighted with green
Dec 07 Riders using Collins St in the Melbourne CBD might have noticed green paint being laid in the first week of December. The City of Melbourne, in consultation with Bicycle Network Victoria, have decided to highlight several areas due to conflict between bike riders and pedestrians as well as motor traffic.
Although these lanes aren't to the usual width the green paint is designed to make drivers and pedestrians more aware of bike riders.
One of the problem areas is at Tram Super Stops. There is an entry and exit point at each end of the stops and a number of pedestrians step out to cross the road without looking, or expecting bike riders. The photo to the right shows a pedestrian waiting for a bike rider to pass before crossing to the Super Stop at Collins and Spring Street.
There are still a number of areas that require green paint along Collins St
Although the green paint is a good start there are still a couple of important locations that require the treatment.
The second photo on the right shows the Super Stop at the intersection of Collins and Swanston St. You can see in the photo that the green paint falls short of Manchester Lane and the entry/exit point for the Super Stop. The treatment needs to be extended to cover these 2 conflict points.
The third photo is taken at the pedestrian crossing near the entrance to the Novotel Hotel at 270 Collins St. Green paint is needed here as this is a major conflict point with taxi's and delivery vans servicing the hotel and its guests.
There is also a problem at the pedestrian crossing at the same location. When traffic banks up some pedestrians decide not to wait for the green signal and step onto the road without looking for bikes travelling up the inside of the stationary traffic.