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 started on 16 March 2015.

The project, which will improve safety for cyclists by separating bicycles from road traffic, will take about 15 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.

Construction schedule

Construction began on 16 March 2015.

Construction started at Gipps Street on the eastern side of the street and will continue south, with each block taking approximately two weeks to complete (except Derby Street to Peel Street which will take longer due to kerb renewal works). When the east side of Wellington Street is complete, work will commence on the west side of the street, starting at Victoria Parade and heading northwards to Gipps Street.

Works will typically be undertaken on Monday to Friday between 7:30am-4:30pm though some after hours and Saturday works maybe required.

During the works parking will not be permitted adjacent to the construction zone, though once construction has been completed, parking will be allowed in designated bays.

A letter sent to local residents and businesses that provides specific information about the construction schedule appears below: 
docx format construction schedule for Wellington Street Copenhagen Bicycle Lane (186.79 KB)  

Alternative cycling route options

No bicycle lane will be provided adjacent to the construction zone. Cyclists are to encouraged to think about using alternative routes for the duration of works on Wellington Street as shown on the map below.

Cyclists who want to use Wellington Street should obey all directions from traffic controllers, ride predictably and when practical ‘take the lane’ by riding in the middle of the traffic lane.

High quality north-south alternative cycling routes include:        

  • Napier Street
  • Brunswick Street
  • Nicholson Street, and
  • Cambridge northbound Only (southbound doesn’t connect across Victoria Parade).

Wellington St alternative cycling routes

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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