Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
Inner: Elizabeth Street
An important link linking Flemington Road and Royal Parade into and through the Melbourne CBD.
All systems go at top end
25 February 2014. City of Melbourne has started construction of the separated bike lanes at the northern end of Elizabeth Street, with work expected to take up to eight weeks.
In 2011 VicRoads reconfigured the Haymarket Roundabout and since these changes rider numbers have boomed by 38% in the AM peak over the subsequent two years.
The further improvements along this corridor down into Elizabeth Street connecting to Queensberry Street initially, should see another surge in rider numbers, further helping to ease congestion for the inner northern area. A design for how to continue this route south of Queensberry and tackle the challenging dual left-hand turning vehicle lanes is yet to be resolved with VicRoads.
New lanes for Elizabeth Street
27 November 2013. Melbourne City will build new premium separated bike lanes at the top end of Elizabeth Street in February.
The lanes will be constructed between the Haymarket Roundabout and Queensberry Street on the inbound and outbound sides of the street.
The angle parking will be removed to fit the bike lane next to the footpath while parallel parking will installed alongside the bike lane.
There are high numbers of cyclists using Elizabeth Street because it connects to the Royal Parade and Flemington Road bicycle routes and off-road bicycle routes through Royal Park and along the Upfield Railway Line.
Surveys of bicycle volumes were used to determine the need for improved facilities and about 300 cyclists per hour used the route to travel southbound into the city during the morning peak. The route also has relatively high usage during the day and on weekdays due to its connections with the Queen Victoria Market and universities.
The physically-separated bike lane sections will be two metres wide and be separated from parked cars with one metre wide physical concrete islands. Green paint will also be used near intersections and driveways to alert entering and exiting motorists to cyclists.
The design of the bicycle lanes will be similar to the bike lanes on Swanton Street north, and the City says they have been designed to have no impact on the existing traffic capacity of Elizabeth Street.
The City says the design increases the separation between cyclists and parked cars and between cyclists and moving traffic and will encourage new and less confident cyclists and reduce the substantial number of accidents involving cyclists and opening car doors.
The proposal will reduce the on-street parking spaces from 76 spaces to 41 spaces. Surveys show that only 25 to 30 of the spaces are normally in use. The capacity of loading zones and disabled spaces will be approximately maintained.
The construction works are expected to begin in February 2014 and take about 8 weeks to complete.
The City intends to build bike lanes between Queensberry Street and Victoria Street but the final design has yet to be determined.
Elizabeth stops for super stops
3 October 2013. Elizabeth Street will be closed for a week from tomorrow while new tram tracks are installed and the foundations for three new super stops are established.
Yarra Trams will be renewing and repairing more than 340 metres of tram tracks on Elizabeth and Bourke streets.
The 30 year-old tracks are currently in extremely poor condition at some locations and can be hazardous for people on bikes.
The new tram stops will be between between Collins and Little Collins streets, Bourke and Little Bourke streets, and Little Lonsdale and La Trobe streets.
Work will take place between Saturday 5 and Thursday 9 October.
Work to remove the old tracks will begin late tomorrow evening and continue 24 hours a day until 5am on Thursday 10 October.
All traffic will be diverted to other streets and trams will use a temporary terminus at Franklin Street, one block north of La Trobe Street.
All streets crossing Elizabeth Street will remain open throughout the project with the exception of Little Collins Street.
When Elizabeth Street reopens to trams and traffic on 10 October, two temporary tram stops will be in use until mid-November while the new accessible stops are completed.
Trams towards Flinders Street will use a temporary stop south of Bourke Street, while outbound trams will use a temporary stop north of La Trobe Street.
More than 210,000 people use routes 19, 57 and 59 on Elizabeth Street each week, making them the busiest tram stops in Melbourne's CBD that are yet to become accessible stops.
The Flinders Street terminus will not part of this project as the City of Melbourne has plans to eventually close of the bottom of Elizabeth Street to traffic.