We have extended the protected bike lanes on Wellington Street in Collingwood to provide a safer and better connected journey for cyclists, as part of Towards Zero: Victoria's plan to ensure no one is seriously injured on our roads.
What did we do?
We extended the protected bike lane on Wellington Street from Gipps Street to Johnston Street. This lengthened the existing protected bike lanes from Victoria Parade to Gipps Street.
The bicycle lanes, often referred to as Copenhagen lanes, will improve safety and comfort for cyclists by completely separating them from road traffic.
On the east side of Wellington Street, the Copenhagen bicycle lane is separated by a row of parking bays, raised concrete islands and garden beds.
On the west side, the lane is be protected by concrete kerb separators. The signalised pedestrian crossing near Napoleon Street has been upgraded and traffic calming measures have also been introduced along the street.
Why did we do this?
Cycling is growing in popularity, and is a healthy and sustainable mode of transport that reduces traffic congestion and the need for on-road parking space. However, cyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users.
In the past 5 years, there have been more than 20 crashes, with 15 involving cyclists on Wellington Street. Of these, 5 people sustained serious injuries. The Copenhagen-style bicycle lane is designed to eliminate the risk of ‘car-dooring’, reduce collisions between car drivers and people who ride bicycles, and can also help to reduce traffic congestion.
Check out our new bike lanes below
If you would like to find out more about the Wellington Street bike lane upgrade, please contact Peter Eckersley, Senior Active Transport Project Officer on 9205 5555 or email [email protected]