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Copenhagen comes to Collingwood
01 December 2014
Yarra’s first Copenhagen bicycle lanes will be constructed in Collingwood next year, providing a safer and better-connected journey for cyclists.
The lanes will be built on Wellington Street from Gipps Street to Victoria Parade and will be fully separated from traffic using raised concrete islands on both sides, as well as a lane of parked cars on the east side of Wellington Street.
The project will result in nine parking spaces being removed from the east side of Wellington Street and 48 parking spaces being removed from the west side.
Council decided to proceed with the project last month following community consultation and after reviewing construction tender costs and detailed designs of the lanes.
Wellington Street is one of Yarra’s most popular cycling commuter routes. In the morning peak, more than 20 per cent of city bound traffic on Wellington Street is bicycles, with cycling numbers growing by 15 per cent each year.
Wellington Street’s new Copenhagen bicycle lanes will separate cyclists from motorists, helping to make cyclists feel safer and more confident on the road.
Yarra Mayor Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis said Yarra already has the highest number of residents who cycle to work in Australia.
“Not everyone’s circumstances allow them to use cycling as a means of transport but we want to encourage those who can, to give it a go,” Cr Vlahogiannis said.
“This will help ease traffic pollution and congestion and promote a healthier lifestyle,” he said.
Council first proposed the bicycle lanes for Wellington Street in 2012, extending from Johnston Street to Victoria Parade.
Council has allocated $940,000 to construct the southern section of the project between Gipps Street and Victoria Parade, with the reduced works expected to come in under budget.
Cr Vlahogiannis thanked the many residents and businesses who provided feedback about the proposal during the initial consultation period.
“This is a long-awaited project for many members of our community who have been involved in the proposal since 2012,” Cr Vlahogiannis said.
“This has been a difficult process given the impacts of the project on residents, businesses and organisations, especially in regards to the loss of car parking,” he said.
Construction of the Wellington Street bicycle lanes is expected to begin in early 2015 and will take about 12 weeks to complete.
For further information, visit the Wellington Street Copenhagen bicycle lanes webpage and the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
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