Walking and cycling are central to a sustainable, safe transport system - and we are investing heavily in both Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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St Kilda Road bike lanes

St Kilda Road will soon be safer for everyone with new bike lanes to be built to separate drivers and cyclists.

A Victorian Budget 2019/20 investment of $27.3 million will fund a new layout for one of Victoria’s busiest corridors, combining both central safety zone bike lanes and protected kerbside bike lanes. 

The central safety zone will provide a separated lane for cyclists in the middle of St Kilda Road. The outer lanes will be reserved for vehicles and parking during off-peak times. 

The kerbside bike lanes will be positioned closer to the kerb with a physical barrier separating cyclists from both parked cars and the road.

Active Transport Victoria

The Victorian Government has committed $15.3 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 towards Active Transport Victoria projects to deliver key upgrades for safer walking and cycling.
 
As part of this program, better lighting will be installed along the Upfield cycling corridor between Bell Street in Coburg and Park Street in Brunswick.
 
New lighting will improve personal safety for those using the corridor at night and divert more riders away from the busy Sydney Road nearby.
 
In addition, the government is planning to improve the cycling connection between Heidelberg and Rosanna Stations as part of the Northern Trail bike path, connecting the two busy train stations and providing a real alternative for local residents.
 
The government is also planning key upgrades to paths in Essendon and Strathmore, making it safer and easier for people in the north-west to get active and enjoy the great outdoors.
 
An improved pedestrian crossing will be built at Hoffmans and Rosehill Road, while new traffic signals will be installed for riders at the corner of Bayview Terrace and Maribyrnong Road. A new bike path will also be built along Woodland Street.

New paths on new projects

Every major new transport project – from North East Link to the West Gate Tunnel – now includes new or upgraded infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. 

The North East Link Project includes 25 kilometres of new or upgraded shared paths or dedicated bicycle paths and approximately 10 kilometres of additional new or upgraded shared user paths as complementary project. 

The missing link in the Greensborough Road path will be completed, ensuring a continuous off-road walking and cycling route along the full length of the North East Link between the M80 and the Eastern Freeway.

A new 2.5-kilometre, high-capacity commuter cycling route known as the North East Bicycle Corridor will also be completed, connecting the CBD and northern suburbs along the Eastern Freeway between Chandler Highway and Merri Creek.

The Level Crossing Removal Project is creating more than 43 kilometres of new cycling and walking paths as part of level crossing removals.

Between Caulfield and Dandenong, a new 12-kilometre shared path – known as Djerring Trail – has been built under the elevated parts of the Cranbourne-Pakenham line while in Melbourne’s growing northern suburbs, four kilometres of new shared paths lets people walk or ride between Mernda and South Morang.

The West Gate Tunnel Project will deliver 14 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.

The Western Roads Upgrade includes new shared paths in the fastest growing parts of Melbourne – Truganina, Tarneit, Laverton North, Werribee and Wyndham – so more people can ride or walk to train stations, schools or shops. 

Victorian Cycling Strategy 2019-2028

The Victorian Cycling Strategy 2018-2028 is guiding planning and investment to get more people to cycle for transport – to work, school, public transport and shops – in Melbourne and the regions.

The Victorian Government allocated $22.7 million in the 2018-19 Victorian Budget for 12 projects to connect missing links on the state's walking and cycling network to make the roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

By the end of 2019, three new cycling corridors will be developed in the south and south east of Melbourne including: Melbourne CBD to Scoresby, between Warrigal Road and Waverley Road; Box Hill to Ashburton; and paths between Monash University and Clayton and Syndal train stations.

Shared user paths will be built from Bayswater to Lilydale (the missing link in the Carrum-Warburton trail) and between Box Hill and Ringwood.

The $100 million TAC Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians fund - with VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission - includes:

  • $3.0 million for the Morwell to Traralgon Shared User Path than also includes a connection to the Latrobe Regional Hospital
  • $5.3 million to deliver two strategic cycling corridors connection from Herne Hill and Waurn Ponds to the Geelong CBD
  • $7.9 million to complete a network of walking and cycling connections across Ballarat
  • $9.1 million for the Preston to CBD cycling corridor, commencing mid-2019.

We are working on improving roads for walking and cycling in regional Victoria, spending $3 million for the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Project and $1 million on the proposed 112-kilometre Omeo Mountain Bike Trail.

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