Proposed separated bike lanes in Wellington Street

Council is proposing to construct new bicycle lanes in Wellington Street, Collingwood.

The style of bike lane being proposed is commonly referred to as a ‘Copenhagen lane’. A Copenhagen lane is located next to the kerb and separated from traffic by a physical barrier or a lane of parked cars. An artist’s impression of how the lanes may look appears below (please note, this image is conceptual only).

Council is proposing these lanes to create greater separation between cyclists and motorists, which improves safety and gives less experienced cyclists greater confidence on the road.

The bike lanes would be constructed on the section of Wellington Street between Victoria Parade and Johnston Street. In order to create the lanes, Council is proposing to remove 117 car spaces from the west side of Wellington Street.

At Council’s meeting held on 19 February 2013, Council provided approval for the concept to be designed. More information about the decision can be found in a media release issued on 20 February 2013.

Council again supported the project to progress to the detailed design stage at its meeting on 17 December 2013, with consideration of a number of measures to limit the impact of of the removal of parking on local businesses and properties.

A detailed design for a permanent facility and tenders for construction of the bicycle lanes will be considered by Council in 2014.

Community consultation

Community consultation on the proposal occurred from 18 June to 30 July 2012.  Further information about the consultation process and the submissions received for and against the proposal can be viewed on the Council meetings webpage (Tuesday 19 February, Attachments, Item 10.7.1).

A brochure distributed to residents, property owners and businesses during the consultation can be downloaded below:
pdf format Wellington Street Bicycle Lanes - Have Your Say (1.26 MB) 

Wellington Street artist impression

Design phase

Council is developing a detailed design for the Copenhagen lanes on Wellington Street.

The design will look at permanent options for implementing the lanes between Victoria Parade and Johnston Street, and the costs associated with both options.

The design will be based on Council’s proposal to remove 117 car parking spaces on the west side of Wellington Street.

Council established a Wellington Street Traffic and Parking Advisory Group to seek feedback about how to minimise the impact of the loss of car parking.

 Feedback from the group will be considered as part of the design, including considering the heritage value of bluestone gutters and kerbs and adjusting parking restrictions to meet the specific needs of businesses and organisations on Wellington Street. Separately, Council will also investigate smart technology and increased parking enforcement to improve turnover and compliance with parking restrictions on Wellington Street.

Wellington Street Traffic and Parking Advisory Group

In July 2013, Council established the Wellington Street South Traffic and Parking Advisory Group to identify measures that could be included in the design to limit the impact of the removal of parking to local businesses and properties.

The advisory group comprises Council officers and organisations, property owners and residents of Wellington Street.

The group met on three occasions in September in October and developed a number of recommendations for Council to consider. A report outlining the advisory group's recommendations was presented to Council at its meeting on 19 November 2013 and again at its meeting on 17 December 2013.  

Background information

This proposal for Wellington Street is identified as a priority in Council’s Bicycle Strategy 2012 – 2015, which sets out to create five major separated on-road bicycle routes by 2013.

Wellington Street has been chosen for this proposal because it is a key cyclist route that connects Yarra’s north and east to the Melbourne CBD. This route is increasing in popularity, with cyclist numbers growing by 20% every year since 2004. This year, Council recorded 416 city-bound cyclists on Wellington Street in the morning peak compared with 101 cyclists in 2004.

The Copenhagen design

A Copenhagen lane is located next to the kerb and physically separated from traffic. Under Council’s proposal, the bicycle lane on the east side of Wellington Street would be separated from the traffic lane by a physical barrier (like a rubber strip, bollards, concrete island or similar) and a lane of parked vehicles. On the west side of the street, the bike lane would be separated just by a physical barrier.

Loss of parking

In order to create sufficient road space to construct the lanes, 117 car parking spaces on Wellington Street would need to be removed.

Under the proposal, most parking would need to be removed from the west side of Wellington Street so a continuous bicycle lane could be constructed next to the kerb. Most parking on the east side of the street would be retained, but relocated away from the kerb to become a separator between the bicycle lane and traffic.

As part of this plan, bus parking, loading zones and accessible parking spaces would be retained or relocated nearby.

Parking surveys undertaken by Council in October 2010 and in March 2012 indicate that if parking was removed, there would still be sufficient parking in the general area.

Council sought feedback from the community about which side of the street would be the preferred side for parking to be removed if the project was to go ahead. The majority of people who provided feedback, indicated that Option 2 (as pictured below) would be the preferred option.

Potential loss of parking

Further information
Alistair McDonald
Bicycle Strategy Project Manager
9205 5737

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