We are extending the existing 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 are we doing?
We are extending the protected bike lane on Wellington Street from Gipps Street to Johnston Street. This will lengthen the existing protected bike lanes which already go 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 will be separated by a row of parking bays, raised concrete islands and garden beds.
On the west side, the lane will be protected by concrete kerb separators. The signalised pedestrian crossing near Napoleon Street will be upgraded and there will also be a number of traffic calming measures introduced along the street.
Why are we doing 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.
Construction began in late April 2019 and is expected to be complete in early September 2019.
The final stage of works started on Sunday 18 August and will be completed by Sunday 1 September, subject to weather conditions.
The final stage includes re-sheeting and profiling the road and new line markings.
The re-sheeting and line marking works will take place at night, between 8pm and 5.30am. The night works are in addition to existing daytime works. Access may be restricted in the direct vicinity of the night works.
Our approach to construction
In order to minimise disruption, we will be undertaking the works in a staged approach so that the whole area is not impacted at the same time. Impacted households and businesses will receive regular updates with when and where construction will take place.
Wellington Street will remain open to through traffic at all times, however there will be traffic management in place. Bicycle detours will be in place for the majority of the duration of the works.
There will be some loss of parking within the staged areas of work. We will be door knocking along Wellington Street in the coming weeks to help address any specific business and residential needs prior to starting the works.
Noise and dust
There may be some noise and dust during the works, but we will try to keep this to a minimum.
Access to homes and businesses
We will be undertaking measures to ensure that local businesses and residents have access to their premises during the stages of work.
Detour maps for cyclists
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@example.com