The Victorian Government is investing $27.3 million to build new bike lanes that physically separate drivers and cyclists to make St Kilda Road safer for all road users.
As part of our business case development, we’re currently investigating safe and effective solutions to provide separated bike lanes along the St Kilda Road corridor:
Our development work includes traffic modelling, planning studies, environmental and clearway investigations to consider the feasibility and heritage impacts of the project as well as inform concept designs.
We’re also working with the Department of Transport and Rail Projects Victoria to ensure the cycling infrastructure proposed around the new Anzac Station is coordinated with the broader upgrades along the St Kilda Road corridor.
We will submit a business case to Government for consideration in late 2021. Subject to the approval of the business case, the St Kilda Road Bike Lanes project will be carried out in conjunction with the Metro Tunnel works to minimise disruption to road users and is scheduled to be completed by 2025.
St Kilda Road is Victoria’s busiest tram corridor, one of Melbourne’s busiest cycle routes, as well as one of the most dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Separated bike lanes will improve safety for the 300,000 people who travel on St Kilda Road each day.
Between July 2015 and June 2020 there were 142 accidents recorded on St Kilda Rd between Linlithgow Avenue and Carlisle Street involving cyclists and/or pedestrians, including one fatality. St Kilda Road also has the highest number of car-doorings reported anywhere in Victoria.
The safety improvements will provide safer cycling opportunities while easing congestion and reducing conflict points between cyclists and drivers on one of Melbourne’s major thoroughfares. The separate bike lanes will also provide improved safety and access to new public transport infrastructure within the Anzac Station precinct and some of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks.
By upgrading the St Kilda Road corridor and building better cycling infrastructure, the St Kilda Road Bike Lanes project will create stronger connections between the inner southern suburbs and Melbourne’s major activity centres, including the CBD, Chapel Street and Domain precincts.