The Victorian Government committed $30.5 million to build new bike lanes that physically separate drivers and cyclists to make St Kilda Road safer.
The St Kilda Road Bike Lanes project involved:
- building separated kerbside bike lanes with bike markings along St Kilda Road
- installing coloured bike lane surfacing at conflict points, and bike boxes and bike lanterns at traffic light intersections to provide better visibility and priority movement for cyclists
- modifying traffic signals to provide additional priority for cyclists
- removing kerb outstands to allow for continuous bike lanes
- resurfacing existing bike lanes to improve safety and comfort
- construction of DDA-compliant pedestrian crossings at some key intersections.
Sections of the new bike lanes from Linlithgow Avenue to Dorcas Street, and Toorak Road to St Kilda Junction are now open, creating safer travel on St Kilda Road. Works on the remaining section will continue until the Metro Tunnel Project is complete in 2025.
St Kilda Road is Victoria’s busiest tram corridor and one of Melbourne’s most active cycling routes. It’s also one of the most dangerous for cyclists.
We've improved safety for the 3,500 cyclists that currently use St Kilda Road each day by eliminating the risk of being struck by car doors and reducing the risk of crashes.
Building better, safer bike lanes on St Kilda Road has also helped encourage more people to take up cycling, thereby easing congestion , reducing vehicle emissions and freeing up capacity on public transport. It’s also assisted with creating stronger connections between major activity centres in Melbourne’s inner south and the CBD.
Watch the video below to see how the new bike lanes have changed the way you travel on St Kilda Road.