Wellington Street Copenhagen bicycle lanes FAQs
‘Copenhagen-style’ bicycle lanes are being constructed in Wellington Street, Collingwood to provide a safer, better connected journey for cyclists.
The lanes opened in July 2015. Additional works to remove old linemarkings and to paint the lanes green are expected to bring the project to completion in mid-August.
The new lanes separate cyclists from motorists on Wellington Street between Victoria Parade and Gipps Street, helping to make them feel safer and more confident on the road and encouraging more people to cycle.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why did Council undertake this project?
To improve safety for cyclists by separating bicycles from road traffic. The project 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.
How long did the project take?
Construction began in mid-March 2015. The lanes became operational in mid-July 2015. Further works to remove old linemarkings commenced during the week of 13 July 2015. The bicycle lanes will be painted green in mid-August, once the asphalt on the new lanes has settled.
Why were the lanes constructed in Wellington Street?
Wellington Street is a key cycling route connecting people in Yarra’s north to the CBD and it is one of Yarra’s most popular cycling commuter routes. In the morning peak, more than 20 per cent of city bound traffic on Wellington Street is bicycles, with cycling numbers growing by 15 per cent each year. Yarra has the highest number of residents who cycle to work anywhere in Australia.
Why were parking spaces along Wellington Street removed?
To construct the separated bicycle lanes it was necessary to remove nine parking spaces on the east side of Wellington Street and 48 spaces on the west side. Unfortunately, it was not possible to create the separated bicycle lanes without losing car parking spaces.
What is Council doing to ensure the reduction in parking spaces will not affect trade in the area?
Council, through the project working group, consulted with local businesses on this issue. Following feedback from businesses it was decided to reduce the maximum allowable stays in parking spaces on the east side of Wellington Street from two hours to one hour so there will be a greater turnover.
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Bicycle Strategy Project Manager