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 will begin in late April 2019 and take approximately 4 months to complete. The expected completion date is September 2019.
The first stage of works will commence from Tuesday 23 April and is expected to be completed within 6 weeks, subject to weather conditions. This stage of works will take place on the west side of Wellington Street, between Gipps Street and Napoleon Street. On weekdays, these works will take place from 7am to 5pm, and 7am to 3pm on Saturdays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org