The environment will benefit from innovative kerb separators being installed as part of the St Kilda Road Bike Lanes project.
Made with recycled materials, the separators provide reductions in carbon emissions and waste to landfill while improving safety for the 3500 cyclists using St Kilda Road daily.
Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) along with Ace Infrastructure are installing the separators as part of project, which involves adding separated bike lanes between Linlithgow Avenue and Charnwood Road.
Award-winning manufacturer Orca Civil Products is custom-making the separators at its carbon-neutral facility in Melbourne.
The separators comprise up to 80 per cent glass recycled from landfill and 10 percent calcium carbonate.
Along with their reduced requirement for concrete and quarry products, the separators provide savings in carbon emissions and costs related to reinforcement, labour and plant.
A first-of-their-kind for Orca Civil Products, the company is producing the separators to match the existing bluestone kerbing, as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to maintaining and protecting the historic fabric and significance of Melbourne’s most iconic boulevard.
The separators complement the government’s Recycled First Policy, which gives preference to the use of recycled and reused materials, where appropriate, to support a circular economy. The separated bike lanes have already proven a hit with cyclists following the opening of stage one from Linlithgow Avenue to Dorcas Street.
The separated bike lanes eliminate the risk of cyclists colliding with opening car doors, which will encourage more people to take up cycling.
Works on stage two of the project from Toorak Road to Union Street and stage three between Union Street and Charnwood Road are underway and set for completion later this year.
To view more information about this project please visit our St Kilda Road Bike Lanes project page.