Bicycle Network: Better Transport
How to improve Swanston St for bike riders
We think that the street can be improved further. To do this we need your help.
Swanston Street has be transformed since 1992 when private motor vehicles were discouraged and the street set up for tram passengers, pedestrians and bike riders.
Those changes have been a success. Pedestrian numbers have more than doubled, rider numbers have gone up 7 times! The thousands of tram passengers are no longer held up by a few motor vehicles. Commercial businesses flourish on this traffic reduced street.
Yes, there are problems. We think that the street can be improved further. To do this we need your help.
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We have our people out on Swanston St speaking to riders - look out for the orange T-Shirts!
There is no single magic bullet that will improve the route. We see the route running from College Crescent in the north to the Junction in the south. This includes the CBD zone restricted to motor vehicles.
Measures to improve the route include:
• Remove the coaches
• Ban commercial vehicle parking in peak hour
• Further restrict private motor vehicle access times
• Increase compliance to private motor vehicle bans
• Restrict motor vehicles from the section past the City Baths and RMIT between LaTrobe Street and Flinders Street
• Install a bike lane northbound with green paint and Vibraline from the departure side of Franklin to Victoria Parade.
• Turn one of the southbound motor vehicle lanes on Princes Bridge into a bicycle lane.
• Install a bike lane southbound with green paint and Vibraline from the pedestrian signals at the south end of Princes Bridge to the start of the bike lanes where the outer median separators begin.
• Review the lane past the Arts Centre to Princes Bridge northbound, straighten, widen and use green paint where possible.
• Realign the lane northbound at the north end of Princes Bridge so that it is continuous across the bridge and past the station.
In addition we:
• Support the tram platform works between Victoria Parade and Grattan Street
• Have requested that the bike speed bumps be removed from Swanston Street in particular the redundant speed bumps southbound past the City Square.
• Support the investigation of rubber inserts in the low use tram tracks near the historic tram control shed opposite the City Baths where riders have to turn right across the tracks.
• Asked for a study for the section above Grattan Street to College Crescent
Minister Pallas has agreed to commission a study on St Kilda Road to see if it would be possible to lay out the street in another way that makes it better for bike riders without hindering tram or motor vehicle movements. We support this study.
The Minister also agreed to have VicRoads install green paint in the bike lane at intersections along St Kilda Road.
Your support will make a difference
Help us push these and other measures forward in our work with the City of Melbourne, City of Port Philip and VicRoads.
We will keep everyone informed of our progress on our web site. Follow the campaign here.
When you register as a Friend – which doesn’t cost you any money – we will stay in touch with emails that include the Swanston Street St Kilda Road story. If we know you, we can ask you to write at key moments in the campaign.
When you become a member you give us more weight in our negotiations with the various government bodies. We will also send you our fortnightly In the Loop newsletter to keep you up to date with all the issues in your bike riding world.
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