Protected intersection at Albert and Lansdowne Street

As part of Towards Zero, we’re creating a Victorian first protected intersection at Albert Street and Lansdowne Street in East Melbourne.

Details 

The intersection will include protected bike lanes and storage spaces for cyclists, which will make it safer and easier for people riding between the CBD and Melbourne’s inner north. This type of design also reduces the stress of driving through a busy city intersection with little protected from traffic. 

Update - January 2020

Service relocation works for the intersection started on 25 November 2019 and will continue until mid-March 2020.

Crews are working on both Albert and Lansdowne Streets, between 7am and 3:30pm, with some nightworks also required. There will be some parking lane closures and a reduced speed limit of 40km/h through worksites. 

During works, you can expect to see:

  • Intersection closures at various times, as outlined below
  • Single lane closures and bike lane closures during works
  • A reduced speed limit of 40km/h through work sites
  • Nightly intersection closures, with detours required for riders, drivers and pedestrians
  • Delays of up to 10 minutes in travel times
  • Some noise during works, including at night.

Please see details of upcoming works and road closures below.

Albert Street and Lansdowne Street intersection 

We will begin works to construct the protected intersection on Friday 17 January. Crews will be working daily between 9:30am and 4pm, with lane closures and speed reductions in place during works.

There may be some detours in place for pedestrians and cyclists at the intersection, so please plan-ahead and allow an extra five minutes in your travel time.

Construction will continue at this intersection until mid-March 2020.  

Macarthur Street and St Andrews Place intersection

Crews will be working daily at this intersection from 10 January and will continue for approximately one week, weather permitting.

From Monday 10 January St Andrews Place  will be closed for approximately one week. Traffic  will be detoured via Macarthur Street, Cathedral Place and Parliament Place during this time. Traffic controllers and signs will be on site to guide you through safely. 

Albert Street and Gisborne Street intersection

Day and nightworks will commence on 19 January and will continue for approximately seven days, weather permitting.

The intersection will be closed at various times between 9pm and 5:30am while we construct new protected bike lanes. All traffic will be detoured via Nicholson Street, Victoria Parade and Lansdowne Street during this time. Crews and signs will be on site to safely guide you through the detour.

Works will continue during the day, but the intersection will remain open between 5:30am and 9pm. One lane will be closed on approach to the intersection, with the speed limit reduced to 40km/h. 

Victoria Parade and Lansdowne Street intersection

Crews will be working nightly at this intersection from 19 January for approximately seven days, weather permitting. The intersection will be closed each night, except on Fridays and Saturdays, while we complete these works.

Traffic will be detoured via Eades Street, Albert Street and Gisborne Street during this time. Crews and signs will be on site to safely guide you through the detour. 

Works will continue during the day, but the intersection will remain open between 5:30am and 9pm. One lane will be closed on approach to the intersection, with the speed limit reduced to 40km/h.

What is a protected intersection?

The design includes concrete islands in each corner of the intersection that separate bike riders from other traffic, and protects pedestrians waiting to cross the road. The plans also include early start signals for both pedestrians and bike riders. 

This style of intersection is often used in countries like the Netherlands, where cycling is a popular mode of transport. 

To find out how the protected intersection will work, watch the video below.

map showing Preston to CBD Strategic Cycling Corridor - Safety Improvements (CBD Section)  

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Background 

We’re upgrading cycling routes across the state to make riding a safer and more appealing way to get from A to B. 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. 

Installing safety infrastructure for cyclists is important, because they are some of our most vulnerable road users. When cyclists are involved in a crash with a vehicle, they’re at a higher risk of being severely injured or killed due to a lack of physical protection. Intersections are particularly dangerous for people who cycle, with 61% of all bicycle crashes occurring at intersections. Traveling through a busy or complex intersection can even deter cyclists from taking particular routes. That’s why we’re upgrading intersections such as Albert and Lansdowne Street to make them safer for our most vulnerable road users.

This intersection upgrade forms part of a wider plan to improve safety for cyclists traveling between Preston and Melbourne’s CBD. For details about the other improvements we’re making, See Preston to CBD Safety Improvements Project

Working Towards Zero

This project is being funded through the Victorian Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund, as part of Towards Zero. To see other Towards Zero projects happening in your area, visit the Safer Roads Portal.

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email[email protected]

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