The protected bike lanes along Wellington Street are to be extended further north, making it safer for one-eyed Magpie supporters to get to the MCG.
The new lanes will run from Gipps Street to Johnston Street, adding to the existing lanes that start at Victoria Parade and currently end at Gipps Street.
Wellington Street is expected to grow as a commuter route into the city in future years as population density increases and motor vehicle commuting declines.
The street has no capacity for more cars, but it can carry many more people on bikes once proper facilities are provided.
The first phase, constructed in 2015 has functioned well and is now appreciated by the local community, despite initial opposition from the usual suspects.
The completion of phase two will be welcomed as changes to Hoddle Street to improve bus and car flow mean bikes need another route.
The extension of the protected bike lanes is being delivered in partnership with VicRoads and the TAC.
Construction is expected to start in May 2019 and will take about four months, finishing in September.
To minimise disruptions works will be staged so that only a section of road will be worked on at one time. Parking won’t be available while a section of road is being worked on.
Detours will be in place for riders during construction. Details will be provided soon.
The new lanes will improve safety and comfort for cyclists by completely separating them from road traffic.
The City of Yarra says that on the east side of Wellington Street, the lane will be separated by a row of parking bays, raised concrete islands and garden beds.
On the west side, the lane will be separated by raised concrete islands.
The signalised pedestrian crossing near Napoleon Street will be upgraded and there will also be a number of traffic calming measures introduced along the street.
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