Motorcycle trial on Hoddle Street

VicRoads commenced a six-month trial allowing motorcycles and scooters to use the southbound bus lane on Hoddle Street, between the Eastern Freeway inbound off-ramp and Victoria Parade in November 2011.

Overview

This trial permitted motorcycles to use the bus lane 7am to 9:30am Monday to Friday with existing users including buses, bicycles, taxis and class VHA/B/C (hire cars) vehicles.

While the trial has concluded, motorcyclists can continue using the Hoddle Street bus lane while the evaluation is underway.

VicRoads will be alerting motorcyclists when they can no longer use the bus lane. Please look out for newspaper advertisements and variable message signs with this information. Please obey the road rules and road signs when using the bus lane.

Purpose

This trial aimed to assess travel times and other benefits for motorcycles and determine if there are any impacts on buses and other road users.

The practice of motorcycles using bus lanes is not new. Motorcycles use bus lanes in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and throughout New Zealand. In the United Kingdom, trials of motorcycles using bus lanes are currently underway.

How will the trial be monitored?

VicRoads will compare data gathered from a before study with data gathered during the trial period. This information, along with community feedback, will be used as input into consideration of whether motorcycles should have access to bus lanes.

The trial concluded in mid-2012.

Can motorcyclists use Hoddle Street southbound kerb side lane at all times?

Yes

How do motorcyclists use the Hoddle Street bus lane during bus lane operating times?

During the bus lane operating times, motorcyclists can:

  • proceed straight ahead or left at Truro Street
  • proceed straight ahead or left at Gipps Street
  • proceed straight ahead or left at Langridge Street
  • only turn left from the bus lane at Victoria Street.

What are bus lane operating times?

7am to 9.30am Monday to Friday.

How do motorcyclists use the Hoddle Street kerb side lane at all other times?

Outside bus lane operating times, motorcyclists must ahere to the same road rules as other road users.

Motorcyclists must obey the left turn arrows and signs at the intersections of Hoddle and Gipps Streets, Hoddle and Langridge Streets, and Hoddle and Victoria Streets.

Can motorcyclists use a bus signal or 'B-signal' to go straight?

'B-signals' are the traffic signals which allow buses to pass traffic queued at the intersection and make bus-only turns.

Motorcyclists can only use the B-signal to proceed at Hoddle and Truro Streets, Hoddle and Gipps Streets, and Hoddle and Langridge Streets during the bus lane operating times.

B-signals at the intersection of Hoddle Street and Victoria Street only apply to buses. At this location motorcyclists must follow the road rule as other road users.

How will motorcyclists know when to stop using the bus lane?

VicRoads will be alerting motorcyclists when motorcyclists can no longer use the bus lane. Please look out for newspaper ads and variable message signs with this information. In the meantime, please obey the road rules and road signs when using the bus lane.

Contact us

Please contact VicRoads for more information.
Email: [email protected]

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