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 - December 2019

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

We are working closely with Yarra City Council and Bicycle Network Victoria to progress designs for the improvements along Napier Street in Fitzroy and the inner circle shared path in Fitzroy North. Construction of this part of the project is planned to begin in early 2020.

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 on the Northcote to CBD section of the strategic cycling corridor by investing $9.1 million to:

  • upgrade the Freeman Street and Napier Street intersection to give cyclists greater priority
  • install new traffic lights at the intersection of Napier Street and Queens Parade 
  • 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
  • upgrade traffic signals between Cecil Street and Queens Parade to make it safer for cyclists when travelling through the area 
  • 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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