The installation of pop-up bike lanes planned for Mount Alexander Road in Moonee Ponds has been delayed.
It has emerged that utility companies have works scheduled at points along the route for the trial in the coming months.
And because the lane construction will between the two shopping districts at Moonee Ponds Junction and Buckley Street, which will be hectic in the lead up to Christmas, the work will now occur in the slack period in January.
"Mount Alexander Road is a key route used by buses, trams, cars, bike riders and pedestrians, so it’s important we find the right balance, the Department of Transport says.
"Rescheduling will allow us to carry out additional data collection and consult further with key stakeholders to ensure the best outcome for the local community, public transport, and road users in the local area.
"We will continue to trial up to 20kms of new and improved pop-up bike routes, which will help support local cycling connections to schools, recreation and activity centres across Moonee Ponds, Essendon and Travancore.
"Works are currently underway on local streets to install light-touch treatments, focused on improved safety and connectivity, such as speed cushions, line marking and wayfinding signage."
The Department says it knows that there is strong support for the trial pop-up bike lanes on Mount Alexander Road will continue to work closely with residents, businesses, and all transport users to make sure the new routes are a good fit for the needs of the community.
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