New bike lanes and shared zones in Moreland


We’re trialling new ways to make it easier for our Moreland community to get around local neighbourhoods by walking and cycling during COVID-19 restrictions.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having huge impacts on the ways we travel and move around.

Public transport use is heavily reduced, people who are able to work from home aren’t travelling to and from work, and we’ve all been living more locally to help stop the spread of the virus.

During this time, we’ve seen more and more people walking, cycling and taking up other modes of active transport to get around local areas and for recreation and exercise.

As our city begins to emerge from restrictions, it’s more important than ever we continue to embrace ways to keep our city moving with safety and ease.

What we’re doing

We’re responding to these patterns by making it safer and more convenient for pedestrians, including people using wheelchairs and other mobility aids and cyclists to move around Moreland.

This means there is more space on the roads and in car parks for those who need to drive, and more space on public transport for those who rely on it.

The projects detailed in the tabs below are part of a larger suite of pedestrian and cycling improvements being pursued around Moreland, including new zebra crossings, pedestrian thresholds, bicycle lanes, shared zones, reduced speeds on residential streets, and turn bans at key intersections on tram corridors.

Creating walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods encourages healthy and active lifestyles, builds community connections, promotes overall health and wellbeing in our community and supports local businesses through improved access to local amenities. It’s also great for the environment and can significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

We want to:

  • Encourage local trips to jobs, services and facilities by walking and cycling.
  • Make cycling safe, comfortable (especially for those less confident) and a preferred mode of travel in Moreland.
  • Establish high-quality pedestrian routes and places that are safe, comfortable and accessible.
  • Create efficient routes that will cater to social distancing requirements.
  • Avoid a significant increase in congestion on our roads as COVID-19 restrictions ease


Listening to our community

These projects are being delivered as trials and using materials that can be modified or removed depending on the outcomes of the trials, which are expected to run up to two years.

We are inviting you to share your feedback and experiences of walking and cycling in Moreland using our new separated bike lanes and shared zones.

Your feedback will help us to monitor the trials and make adjustments or improvements before any permanent decisions are made.


Restrictions are easing and the sun is shining. Walk or hop on a bike to travel locally via our new improvements and explore all Moreland has to offer!

One of the ways we are trialling improvements to cycling and road safety is by introducing separated bicycle lanes on Dawson Street, Brunswick between the two existing cycling routes, the Upfield Shared Path and the West Brunswick Shimmy.

The new trial separated bicycle lane in Dawson Street will connect the Upfield shared path with the West Brunswick Shimmy, and will also make it easier for students to cycle to Brunswick Secondary College.

The West Brunswick Shimmy is a “low stress” cycling route that is suitable for less confident cyclists and runs from Royal Park up through backstreets such as Barry Street and up to Coburg through Gilpin Park.

The trial separated bicycle lanes in Dawson Street, Brunswick will be installed between the Upfield Railway Line and Barry Street (approximately 540 metres).

When will construction start and finish?

Construction works are expected to begin in February 2021 and be completed by March 2021.

When is the trial period?

March 2021 - ongoing

What changes will occur in this street?

Separated bicycle lanes will be installed on both sides of Dawson Street between the railway line and Barry Street / Pottery Court.

Due to the width of Dawson Street, it is not possible to install the bicycle lane without removing on-street parking spaces.

This project is being designed to minimise impact on parking however will involve the removal of about 40 parking spaces generally on the north side of the street. The number of spaces that will be affected will be confirmed when the design is finalised, including ensuring a safe outcome for cyclists and bus passengers.

Dawson Street will still have some on-street parking, and traffic lanes in both directions (including bus routes).

Project spend

Council investment: $105,000

Dawson Street - Separated bicycle lanes trial - site map

Dawson Street - Separated bicycle lanes trial- cross section

One of the ways we are trialling improvements to cycling and road safety is by introducing separated bicycle lanes in Kent Road and Northumberland Road, Pascoe Vale. We are also creating a new shared path in KW Joyce Reserve to link the new separated bicycle lanes.

The new trial separated bicycle lanes in Northumberland Road and Kent Road, Pascoe Vale will extend the Coburg to Glenroy bicycle link through Pascoe Vale. This means we will have a low-stress bicycle route which connects the Glenroy Activity Centre and Rhodes Parade, to Cumberland Road.

This will connect to bicycle improvements that will be delivered by the state government further towards Coburg. This will also provide better cycling connections to Pascoe Vale Girls College and Cole Reserve.

The separated bicycle lanes will be installed on Northumberland Road, Pascoe Vale from Rhodes Parade to KW Joyce Reserve (approximately 300 metres) and on Kent Road, Pascoe Vale between KW Joyce Reserve and Cumberland Road (approximately 300 metres).

We are also constructing a shared path in KW Joyce Reserve that will link the bike lanes in Northumberland Road and Kent Road.

When will construction start and finish?

Construction is expected to begin in late January 2021 and will be completed in late February 2021.

When is the trial period?

February 2021 - ongoing

What changes will occur to these streets?

These projects have been designed to minimise impact on parking.

The Northumberland Road bicycle lanes will remove approximately 22 parking spaces on the east side of the road to create a two-way separated bicycle lane on the east side of the road. The Kent Road bicycle lanes will retain most of the parking on both sides of the street however 4 spaces will be removed close to the intersections of Cornwall Street and Cumberland Road. Kent Road will have separated bicycle lanes on both sides of the road.

Both streets will remain as two-way streets for cars and other vehicles.

Project spend

Council investment: $326,000

Northumberland Road and Kent Road - separated bicycle lanes trial - site map



Northumberland Road - separated bicycle lane trial - cross section


Kent Road - separated bicycle lane trial - cross section

The bicycle lane improvements in Albion Street, Brunswick will connect cyclists diverting from the temporary closure of the Upfield shared path north of Tinning Street (due to Level Crossing Removal Project works), to the shared path on Albion Street east of Sydney Road. This shared path provides connections to the detour route along Barrow Street and other streets that may be used by cyclists, such as De Carle Street.

The bicycle lane improvements will involve trialling green treatment and rubber kerbing along the bicycle lanes on Albion Street, Brunswick between the Upfield railway line and Sydney Road (approximately 200 metres), and discontinuing parking in these bicycle lanes.

When will construction start and finish?

Construction works are expected to occur in early 2021.

When is the trial period?

Early 2021 - ongoing

What changes will occur in this street?

No changes will occur to the physical layout of the street, with two-way access maintained for vehicles including the bus service.

The project will require removing 4-5 parking spaces in this part of Albion Street to make this area safer for cyclists – most of the parking in this area is already No Stopping or a Bus Zone (which will not be changed). This change will mean cyclists won’t have to go around parked cars and into the path of traffic.

The width of the street does not allow for full physical separation of cyclists from traffic however rubber kerbing will be provided that makes the bicycle lane more visible and encourages drivers to leave space for cyclists.

Project spend

Council investment: $40,000

Albion Street - bicycle lane improvements - site map

New shared zones in Brunswick East will make it easier for people to access Fleming Park by foot or bicycle and will make the streets safer for locals by reducing the amount of through traffic through residential streets, while still allowing vehicle access for anybody who needs it.

These projects will also make it easier and safer for cyclists to travel along the East Brunswick Shimmy which runs north-south through Fleming Park. The East Brunswick Shimmy is a recommended cycling route through quieter backstreets that helps cyclists avoid main roads.

We are conducting a trial of shared zones using “pop up” materials on Albert Street and Victoria Street, Brunswick East near where the shared path runs through Fleming Park. This is similar to an approach being taken by the City of Melbourne and City of Wyndham as part of their response to COVID-19.

The length of the shared zones will be approximately 120 metres on Albert Street and 80 metres on Victoria Street – they will not affect the whole street.

A shared zone is an area that is shared by all road users where vehicles and cyclists must give way to pedestrians. In the shared zone, the speed limit for vehicles (including cyclists) will be 20km/h. Speed humps will be used at the edges of the shared zones to slow down traffic. In addition, planter boxes and parklets will be placed on the road and the road surface will be painted with a colourful pattern to show this is not a normal stretch of road.

We will also be incorporating public art as part of this to create a vibrant place for residents and other locals to enjoy.

When will construction start and finish?

Construction is expected to occur between February 2021 and April 2021.

When is the trial period?

May 2021 - ongoing

What changes will occur in these streets?

Both streets will be remain two-way streets with full access for all vehicles, however vehicles (including cyclists) will need to slow down to 20km/h when within the shared zone. No changes to speed limits are being made to other parts of these streets as part of this project.

These projects have been designed to minimise impacts on parking and will retain some parking within the shared zones. The number of parking spaces in the area will be reduced by about 20, however these shared zones will allow us to move around safer and make our streets quieter.

Project spend

Council investment: $150,000

Victoria Street and Albert Street - shared zones - site map

Discussion

We want to create walking and cycling routes that are safe, comfortable and accessible. Please tell us about your experience using the new bike lanes and shared paths and what improvements you'd like to see. Your feedback will help us to monitor the trials and make adjustments or improvements before any permanent decisions are made.
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