City of Melbourne will be the first place in Australia to install pop-up bike lanes as a response to the increased number of bike riders during COVID-19.
The exciting announcement said that some on-street car parking will be removed to create space for pop-up bike lanes and wider footpaths, similar to work being done in overseas cities including Auckland and Paris.
While the bike lanes will be installed temporarily, if they are successful, they could be turned into permanent protected bike lanes.
Final decisions have not yet been made on where work will be done or how the bike lanes will be built, but CBD roads including Exhibition Street, Elizabeth Street and the ‘little’ streets should all be considered for changes.
Royal Parade, Rathdowne Street and the northern stretch of St Kilda Road could also have pop-up protected bike lanes installed to help people travel into the city by bike.
Bicycle Network Chief Executive Officer Craig Richards said it’s great to see City of Melbourne give people more room to move.
“Bike rider numbers have boomed in Melbourne so it’s great that something is being done to make sure we can keep riding and maintain physical distancing”
“When restrictions begin to lift we won’t be able to use public transport like we used to. Bike lanes will be a vital part of our new transport mix.”
Other councils in Melbourne should be inspired by City of Melbourne and take similar action to turn road space into bike lanes and ease the load on our trails.
Counts by Bicycle Network have shown that off-road trails are bursting at the seams and it’s not just in the CBD where we need more space to ride.
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City of Melbourne roads where bike lanes could be installed
- Exhibition Street
- Elizabeth Street
- Rathdowne Street
- Royal Parade
- St Kilda Road (northern section)
- Little Collins Street
- Little Bourke Street
Other roads where bike lanes could be installed
- St Kilda Road (southern section)
- Park Street (next to Capital City Trail)
- Chapel Street
- Bridge Road
- Sydney Road
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