Shared zone transformation underway

Work has begun on new shared zones on Albert and Victoria Streets in Brunswick East, making riding and walking easier and improving access to Fleming Park.

Changes are being made near Elsbury Avenue on Victoria Street and Hutchinson and John Streets on Albert Streets, areas that are part of the East Brunswick shimmy route.

As well as making it easier for people to travel through the area, the shared zones give people who live in the area more room to walk, ride and play and will reduce on residential streets.

Speed limits in the shared zones are being changed to 20km/h, with vehicles (including bikes) to give way to people walking.

To help make those in cars aware that they are driving on a different type of road and should slow down, colourful markings and artwork is being laid down. Speed bumps will also be used to physically reduce speed. 

The markings are designed to look like bouncing balls and have been created by local artist Carla Gottgens, inspired by various sports played throughout the history of Fleming Park.

Parklets and planter boxes will also be installed on the streets.

Moreland Council is installing the shared zones as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and changes to provide more space for social distancing for pedestrians, support safe movement and improved access to local activity centres and promote physical and mental health.

The council is also planning improvements to the Albion Street bike lane and a pop-up bike lane on Dawson Street as part of its COVID-19 response.

Click here to download a flyer about the shared zone trial.

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