Preston to CBD Cycling Corridor

We’re improving safety from Northcote 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, which includes $9.1 million on this project. 

Project update - December 2018

We’ve incorporated community feedback and worked with local councils, Bicycle Network Victoria and other key stakeholders to finalise the designs for stage one of the project, which includes safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists between Napier Street and Melbourne’s CBD.

Construction is expected to commence early to mid-2019 on stage one.    

We are continuing to investigate ways to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists for the second stage of the project between the Merri Parade/St Georges Road intersection and Napier Street.    

We will continue to provide updates as we get closer to construction.

What is being done to protect cyclists?

Cycling corridors aim to provide safer, lower-stress and more direct journeys into and across Melbourne and Victoria for people who already cycle, and encourage more people to cycle as a viable mode of transport for both recreational and commuter cyclists

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

  • installing safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians at the St Georges Road and Merri Parade intersection and connections to nearby paths
  • improving the off-road bike path and investigating other safety options for cyclists 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 and 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 the signal timing at Alexandra Parade
  • improving roundabouts at Napier Street and Westgarth Street and Napier Street and Moor Street
  • installing 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 and Gertrude Street intersection
  • improving the intersections at Landsdowne Street and Victoria Parade, Lansdowne Street and Albert Street, and Albert Street and Gisborne Street
  • separating bike lanes on Lansdowne Street and Albert Street from vehicles and pedestrians.

Project background

Pedestrians and cyclists are our most vulnerable road users.

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.

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. 

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.

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 

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

In late 2017 we collected feedback from local residents, cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and key advocacy groups to help inform the safety improvements on the Preston to CBD 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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