New and upgraded bike connections should be provided through the Domain Parklands, the Draft Domain Parklands Masterplan suggests.
The plan describes the Domain as a key convergence point within the city’s existing bicycle network.
It proposes strengthening the network with a dedicated bike lane following the Yarra River Corridor along Alexander Avenue.
This would link to a new bike connection along Linlithgow Avenue, and to the new Southbank Boulevard bike facility.
The plan also proposes the investigation of an additional bridge to improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility across the Yarra River between Princes Bridge and Swan Street Bridge.
Bicycle parking locations and repair stations should be provided in suitable locations within the parklands.
Other initiatives include:
- protected bicycle lanes
- shared zones
- reducing speed limits
- reducing the dominance of the car and narrowing of roads
The draft plan says the routes along the Yarra River corridor are heavily used by commuter and recreational bike riders and there are several points of conflict along the trail, especially in Alexandra Gardens at the boathouses and along Boathouse Drive.
"Within the parklands the Capital City trail is narrow, and sight lines are not consistent. This is problematic as the path is also used by high numbers of pedestrians, meandering tourists, people exercising and dog walkers.
“With participation in cycling growing and the number of visitors to the parklands increasing, a network-based solution to reduce points of conflict between commuter cyclists and other parklands users is needed.”
The name Domain Parklands describes the collective parks and gardens known individually as Alexandra Gardens, Alexandra Park, Queen Victoria Gardens, Kings Domain, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Shrine of Remembrance Reserve and Government House Reserve.