Brunswick Road - Upfield Path improvements

We’ve improved safety for cyclists and pedestrians at the intersection of Brunswick Road and the Upfield shared path, as part of Towards Zero.

Project Update - July 2021 

In early 2020 we completed works on the Upfield shared path at Brunswick Road to give cyclists a smoother safer crossing. 

We have: 

  • Installed a queue detector under the road, to prevent vehicles blocking the pedestrian crossing
  • upgraded the traffic signals to give pedestrians and cyclists more crossing time when there is high demand
  • adjusted the location of the signal buttons to make it easier for cyclists on the path to reach
  • installed flashing ‘cross only on green signal’ LED signs for users crossing Brunswick Road.

Project background

Brunswick Road is a busy road, with approximately 20,000 vehicles using it every day.

Brunswick Road forms part of the Principle Bicycle Network in Victoria. It joins the existing Upfield shared path, which is one of the most popular cycling and walking paths in Melbourne with an average of 1,400 cyclists using the path each day.

In the past ten years, there have been several crashes at the shared path’s intersection with Brunswick Road, as well as two rear-end crashes that occurred at the pedestrian operated traffic lights. 

Safer Roads

The Victorian Government is investing $1.4 billion into Towards Zero, a plan to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria's roads. $100 million from this investment has been allocated to making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cycling corridors provide safer, more direct journeys into the city and across Victoria for cyclists. They also help to encourage more people to ride recreationally or for their regular commute. When completed, these improvements will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians at the Brunswick Road and Upfield shared path intersection.

For more information on how we’re working Towards Zero, visit Safer Roads.

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