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Metro Tunnel

Moray Street Bike Path

We are making changes to the road and transport network to improve resilience and capacity while construction works are underway.

One of these changes includes upgrading the Moray Street bike path to provide cyclists with a safe and reliable alternative north-south route during Metro Tunnel works on St Kilda Road.

Works and disruptions

The Moray Street bike path works will take place from Monday 26 February - Late April 2018. These works will occur 7am - 6pm, Monday to Friday and 7am - 1pm, Saturdays. Night works may occur and will be notified of in advance. A staged approach to construction will minimise disruption.

Works will cause the following disruptions:

  • Angled parking will be replaced with parallel parking.
  • Removal of car parking close to intersections.
  • Loss of up to 90 car parking spaces, including 15 car parking spaces between Albert Road and Coventry Street and up to 65 car parking spaces between Coventry Street and City Road.
  • Traffic management, including detours, will be in place around the work sites.
  • Medium level noise, managed in accordance with the Metro Tunnel’s Environmental Performance Requirements.
  • Footpath and lane closures at intersections.
  • A site compound will be established in Dorcas Street adjacent to 191 Dorcas Street. This site compound will occupy approximately 18 car parking spaces and is required to support these works.

For further detail on disruptions, please see the Moray Street Bike Path Upgrade Brochure (PDF, 1.7 MB).

Overview of changes

This hybrid solution splits the design of the Moray Street bike path into two sections.

The two parts of the Moray Street design: Coventry Street to City Road and Albert Road to Coventry Street

Coventry Street to City Road

Diagram showing the position of the bike lanes separated from traffic lanes by parked cars and a mountable kerb

A two-metre wide protected bike lane will be created along sections of Moray Street, running alongside the footpath, at road level. The bike lane will be separated from traffic with a one-metre mountable kerb, keeping cyclists away from parked cars and moving traffic.

From Coventry Street to Hancock Street the existing median line marking will be removed to facilitate the new bike lane and new line marking will be added.

Between Hancock Street and City Road, traffic islands will be added, kerb adjustments will be made and signage will be added, removed or replaced where required. Existing line marking will also be removed and updated.

From Catherine Street to City Road, bikes will still have a dedicated bike lane. However, vehicle access to the kerbside loading zones will be maintained in this location.

2m bike path width (excluding the bluestone channel)

Allows cyclists to overtake other cyclists safely.

1m mountable separator kerb

Keeps cyclists separate from vehicles and allows a safe distance for passengers exiting vehicles.

Green bike lane at conflict zones such as intersections and side streets

Improves awareness of possible conflicts.

40 km/h speed reduction

Slower speed environment improves safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Allows emergency vehicles to more easily enter traffic.

Albert Road to Coventry Street

Diagram showing the position of the bike lane between traffic lane and parking between Albert Road and Coventry Street

From Albert Road to Coventry Street, a dedicated bike lane will continue to run between the on-street parking and the traffic lane. Line marking will be removed and enhanced to improve the existing bike path.

This solution allows the centre median to be retained and maintains as much on-street parking as possible. The upgrade will include the following key features to improve safety and usability.

0.3m line marking with rumble strip separating traffic and bike lanes

Provides audio cue for drivers who move too close to the bike lane,and a buffer between cyclists and live traffic.

Line marking separation of 0.6m between the parked car and bike lane

Reduces likelihood of car dooring.

Green bike lane at conflict zones such as intersections and side streets

Improves awareness of possible conflicts.

40 km/h speed reduction

Slower speed environment improves safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Allows emergency vehicles to more easily enter traffic.

Connection to Kavanagh Street

A bi-directional bike path will be added under the bridge to a shared path alongside the Boyd Community Hub to Kavanagh Street.

City of Melbourne is implementing new connecting bike lanes on Kavanagh Street.

Improvements will be made to the bike connection from Moray Street to Queensbridge Street, with green bike lane road marking.

Connection to Albert Road

The connection to Albert Road will be improved with green bike lane road marking and bike lantern signals.

Modifications will also be made to pedestrian crossings and a dedicated bike ramp will also be installed in the Albert Road median to enable better access from Moray Street into the Albert Road service lane.

Roundabouts and Intersections

We’ve listened to your feedback and have ensured that cyclist and pedestrian safety is at the forefront of the design with improved cyclist and pedestrian crossings along Moray Street.

The roundabouts at Coventry and Dorcas streets increase driver awareness of cyclists and pedestrians. The roundabouts will include raised pedestrian zebra crossings, with a new dedicated bike path running parallel at each crossing. The parallel crossings keep cyclists from entering the roundabout with traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists will be given right of way to allow for safe crossing.

New traffic islands to the Coventry Street roundabout will separate oncoming and outgoing traffic. The existing traffic islands on Moray Street at the Dorcas Street roundabout have been retained and additional traffic islands have been added on Dorcas Street.

The intersections at York and Moray streets, Park and Moray streets, Albert and Moray streets and also Market and Moray streets will provide a head start box for cyclists. These boxes improve safety by increasing cyclists’ visibility and driver awareness of their presence.

Community consultation

In August 2017, we consulted with the community and asked for feedback on the two proposed design options for the Moray Street bike path upgrade.

Consultation activities included two local information sessions, an online survey, direct engagement with cyclists on Moray Street, Bicycle Network and Melbourne Bicycle User Group, as well as information drops.

You told us that the priorities are: safety of cyclists and pedestrians, minimising impacts on traffic, accessibility, adequate parking, and maintaining the look and feel of Moray Street.

The finalised design for the Moray Street Bike Path Upgrade incorporates the feedback we received during the community consultation period. The final design strikes a balance between the two proposed options, allowing us to best meet the needs of cyclists and the local community.