Preston to CBD Cycling Corridor

We’re improving safety from Preston to the CBD as part of Towards Zero. 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.

More specifically, $100 million has been allocated to making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists, including $9.1 million on this project. 

Project update - September 2018

We’ve collected feedback from local residents, cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and key advocacy groups to help inform our designs of the proposed safety improvements to the Preston to CBD cycling route. View the Community consultation summary report [PDF 509 Kb]

We’re now finalising the designs for the safety improvements between Napier Street and the CBD, with construction expected to commence in late 2018.  

We are continuing to investigate ways to improve the connection between the Merri Parade/St Georges Road intersection and Napier Street.    

We will continue to provide updates as the plans are finalised and construction commences.

Project background

The Preston to CBD cycling corridor runs from the intersection of St Georges Road and Merri Parade in Northcote, to the intersection of Macarthur Street and Spring Street in the CBD.

The route is both on and off road, which is shown in the below map.

Image of Preston to CBD cycling corridor safety improvement project map 

View a larger version of the safety improvement map

To make it safer and easier for cyclists to get from Melbourne’s inner-north to the CBD and busy areas like Brunswick Street and Smith Street, Australian Catholic University, St Vincent’s Hospital and local shopping centres and schools, $9.1 million has been invested.

In the nine years from 2008 to 2016 there has been 235 reported crashes along this corridor resulting in three people tragically losing their lives with 138 of these crashes involving cyclists.

Road safety improvements

We’re improving safety for cyclists travelling between Northcote and the CBD by:

  • installing cyclist and pedestrian improvements at the St Georges Road/Merri Parade intersection and connections to nearby paths
  • improving the off-road bike path and investigating other cyclist safety options along St Georges Road 
  • raising priority crossings at Scotchmer Street and Alfred Crescent for cyclists using the inner circle shared path
  • upgrading the Freeman Street/Napier Street intersection to give cyclists greater priority
  • installing new traffic lights at the intersection of Napier Street and Queens Parade and closing the east and west service roads 
  • widening footpaths and improving signal timing at Alexandra Parade
  • improving roundabouts at Napier Street/Westgarth Street and Napier Street/Moor Street
  • installing a raised pedestrian priority crossings at selected intersecting roads along Napier Street to increase the visibility of pedestrians by drivers and cyclists
  • installing new traffic lights at the Napier Street/Gertrude Street intersection
  • improving the intersections at Landsdowne Street/Victoria Parade, Lansdowne Street/Albert Street and Albert Street/Gisborne Street
  • separating bike lanes on Lansdowne Street and Albert Street from vehicles and pedestrians

Contact us

To find out more about this project, get in touch with the project team.
Email:  [email protected]
Write:  Preston to CBD Safety Improvement Project

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