Inner-north Cycling Corridor

We’re improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists traveling between Northcote and the CBD as part of Towards Zero, Victoria’s action plan for a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads. 

As part of Towards Zero, $100 million has been allocated to make roads safer for our most vulnerable road users - pedestrians and cyclists – through the Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund. 

Project update - May 2020

Safety upgrades at several locations along Albert Street, East Melbourne are currently underway.  See details about this section of the project

Napier Street 

We have finalised the design of the cyclist safety improvements on Napier Street. Works to construct the cyclist and pedestrian safety improvements, including new advisory bicycle lanes, between Victoria Parade and Freeman Street will commence mid-year 2020.  

Napier Street - Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety Improvement Works

View a larger version of Napier Street Cyclist and Pedestgrian Safety Improvement Works Map [PNG 92Kb]


What is being done to protect cyclists?

Cycling corridors aim to provide safer, lower stress and more direct journeys across Melbourne and Victoria for cyclists. Providing safer and more direct journeys also encourages more people to take up cycling recreationally and as part of their regular commute. 

The Victorian Government has designated Preston to CBD as a strategic cycling corridor, from the intersection of St Georges Road and Merri Parade in Northcote, to the intersection of Macarthur Street and Spring Street in the CBD. 

We’re improving safety for cyclists travelling through the inner-north by investing $9.1 million to:

  • upgrade the Freeman Street and Napier Street intersection to give cyclists greater priority
  • widen footpaths and improving the signal timing at Alexandra Parade
  • install raised pedestrian priority crossings at selected intersecting roads along Napier Street to increase the visibility of pedestrians by drivers and cyclists
  • painting the bike lanes green at intersections on Napier Street, between Victoria Parade and Queens Parade. This will help remind drivers to take care and check for riders along Napier Street 
  • improving cyclist linemarking on Napier Street, between Victoria Parade and Freeman Street
  • upgrading drainage along Napier between Victoria Parade and Johnston Street
  • improve the intersections at Lansdowne Street and Victoria Parade, Lansdowne Street and Albert Street, and Albert Street and Gisborne Street
  • separate bike lanes on Lansdowne Street and Albert Street from vehicles and pedestrians

Project benefits

Cycling is growing in popularity, and is a healthy and sustainable mode of transport that reduces traffic congestion and the need for on-road parking space. By 2050, Melbourne’s transport network will need to cater for 10.4 million more trips a day, with a cycleway able to accommodate 1,960 more people an hour than trams.

If we had a better-connected network and more inclusive cycling culture, four in 10 Victorians say they would be encouraged to cycle, or cycle more often, to destinations close to where they live. 

Project background

In the nine years from 2008 to 2016 there has been 235 reported crashes along the Preston to CBD cycling corridor, resulting in three people tragically losing their lives. 138 of these crashes involved cyclists. 

When cyclists are involved in a crash with a vehicle, they’re at a high risk of being severely injured or killed due to a lack of physical protection. About one in ten cyclists struck by a vehicle at 30 km/h will die. At speeds above 30 km/h the risk of death rises significantly – at speeds of 50 km/h about eight in ten cyclists will die when struck by a vehicle.

In late 2017 we collected feedback from residents, cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and key advocacy groups to help inform the safety improvements on the cycling corridor.  View the Community consultation summary report [PDF 509 Kb].

Get in touch

To find out more about this project, get in touch. 

Email: [email protected]

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