Bicycle lane trials

We’re trialling ways to make it easier and safer for our Moreland community to walk and cycle around their local neighbourhood

These trials allow us to gather community feedback, research effectiveness, and optimise our long-term plans for improving road and cycling safety in Moreland.

Separated bicycle lane trial - Dawson Street, Brunswick

The new trial separated bicycle lane in Dawson Street connects two existing cycling routes: the Upfield shared path and the West Brunswick Shimmy. This trial separated bicycle lane makes it easier for people to ride a bike to key locations, such as students 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, up to Coburg through Gilpin Park.

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

Bicycle lane trial- Albion Street, Brunswick

New bike lanes are being trialled on Albion Street, Brunswick between the Upfield Train line and Sydney Road. Yellow lane markers have been added to the path to highlight the existing bike lane.

Due to limited space and large vehicles such as buses using the street every day, separated lanes are not possible on Albion Street.

Opportunities to have your say

These projects are being delivered as trials, using materials that can be modified or removed depending on the outcomes of the trials.

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

Your feedback and ideas will help us to monitor these trials and adjust plans before any permanent decisions are made.

These trials are planned to end in July 2022, with Council to consider the future of the trial based on technical investigations, research and data analysis, as well as the outcomes of our community engagement.

How we've responded to community feedback so far

  • Bollards have been installed in front of RMIT University as ongoing utilities works require them to be removed intermittently. This was not part of the initial design however it has been informative to trial a different barrier option. Once the utility works are complete we will consider if the treatment needs to be changed (to match the other section of Dawson Street).
  • The island in front of the Dawson Street Children's Co-operative has been relocated 30cm closer to the footpath. This creates a wider parking bay (2.4m) to provide additional space for people getting children in and out of the childcare. The bicycle lane has been reduced to 1.5m at this location and linemarking has been installed.
Dawson Street - Separated bicycle lanes trial - site map

Dawson Street - Separated bicycle lanes trial - site map

Dawson Street - Separated bicycle lanes trial- cross section

Dawson Street - Separated bicycle lanes trial- cross section