The Department of Transport (DoT) has funded and installed 38 kilometers of pop-up bike lanes in our City. During installation of the bike lanes, we received correspondence and phone calls from the community identifying concerns about safety, amenity and aesthetic impacts.
In response to this feedback, Council resolved to write to the DoT and request changes to the program.
DoT provided a formal response on 31 August 2022, identifying proposals to be implemented subject to Council support. This was confirmed at the Council meeting on 7 September 2022. Details of the agreed changes can be found in the Mayoral Update 9 September 2022.
Armstrong Street and Nelson Road
As part of these changes DoT is ending the trial at Armstrong Street, Middle Park and Nelson Road, South Melbourne. Pop-up bike lanes at these locations are now being removed and will be restored to their original condition prior to the trial. Works are taking place from Monday 19 September for up to three weeks between 7 am and 5 pm to minimise disruption to residents.
Works will involve:
- setting up the work area, including marking out the work zone and traffic management
- removing temporary speed cushions (between Beaconsfield Parade and Neville Street)
- water blasting the yellow line marking and sharrows
- removing temporary bollards and kerbing
- reinstating the original road configuration.
What to expect:
- Noise levels will be mostly low, with trucks, people and specialised equipment working near the site. Some vehicle noise and lights are unavoidable due to safety requirements for our workers and the local community.
- Access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times throughout the works.
- Once works are complete, a thorough clean-up of the site will take place as works are weather dependent, dates are subject to change.
DoT will continue to implement agreed changes and consult with the community on the pop-up bike lane trial.
Jacka Boulevard and Marine Parade, St Kilda
Works on Jacka Boulevard and Marine Parade will improve visual amenity and safetyand will take place on Jacka Boulevard, between Fitzroy Street and Cavell Street and on Marine Parade, between Glen Huntly Road and Shakespeare Grove. Works will take place from Friday 7 October for up to two weeks from 7 am to 5 pm during the day to minimise disruptions to local residents.
The work will involve:
- Setting up the work area, including marking out the work zone and traffic management
- Making alterations to temporary bollards and kerbing along the route, specifically at intersections such as Glen Huntly Road, Thackeray Street, Dickens Street and Shakespeare Grove
- Blacking out redundant line marking
- Completing the installation of audio tactiles on a small section of Jacka Boulevard to improve safety.
What to expect:
- Noise levels will be mostly low, with trucks, people and specialised equipment working near the site. We will minimise disruption to the local area as much as possible; however, some vehicle noise and lights are unavoidable due to safety requirements for our workers and the local community
- Access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times throughout the works
- Once works are complete, a thorough clean-up of the site will take place
- As works are weather dependent, dates are subject to change.
DoT is actively seeking your feedback as they evaluate the pop-up bike lanes.
You can provide your thoughts:
- through the transport online map
- by emailing [email protected]
- by phoning 13 11 71 (for translation support, please phone 03 9280 0783).