Wellington Street Copenhagen bicycle lanes

Construction of the new separated bicycle lanes, often referred to as Copenhagen lanes, on Wellington Street from Gipps Street to Victoria Parade is expected to start on 16 March 2015.

The project, which will improve safety for cyclists by separating bicycles from road traffic, will take about 12-16 weeks to complete.

It is part of a broader strategy to improve the connectivity, comfort, attractiveness and safety of cycling infrastructure across Yarra. It is listed as a high priority in the Yarra Bicycle Strategy 2010 – 2015.

Construction work

The majority of the construction work will be completed outside peak periods to reduce disruption to traffic. It will be done in short sections to minimise business and parking disruption.

The new lanes will be separated from traffic using raised concrete islands on both sides of Wellington Street, as well as a lane of parked cars on the east side.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to construct the separated lanes without losing nine parking spaces on the east side of Wellington Street and 48 parking spaces on the west side.

Keeping our community informed

Council will advise all stakeholders (businesses, property owners, residents and road users) of the project timelines via personal visits, letter, emails, Yarra News and social media.

Council officers will hold a community drop-in information session on Tuesday 17 February between 9am and 1pm on the corner of Wellington and Peel Streets, Collingwood to outline and project and answer questions. 

What the lanes will look like

They will be very similar in appearance  to the Copenhagen lanes on La Trobe Street in the City of Melbourne (see images below).


A cross section of the Wellington Street design appears below:


Detailed plans for the Wellington Street design appear in the document below:
pdf format Wellington Street Copenhagen bicycle lanes - detailed designs (963.56 KB)

 For more information about the project, visit the Copenhagen bicycle lanes on Wellington Street FAQs page.

Further information
Alistair McDonald
Bicycle Strategy Project Manager
9205 5737

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