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Moray Street bike path design

In December 2018, we upgraded 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.

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 has been created along sections of Moray Street, running alongside the footpath, at road level. The bike lane is separated from traffic with a one-metre mountable kerb, keeping cyclists away from parked cars and moving traffic.

From Catherine Street to City Road, bikes 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 continues to run between the on-street parking and the traffic lane. Line marking has been 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 includes 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.

Roundabout changes

The two roundabouts at Dorcas Street and Coventry have been upgraded to a new and innovative protected design which gives pedestrians and cyclists right of way to allow for safe crossing.

The new roundabouts include raised pedestrian zebra crossings, with a new dedicated, green painted bike path running parallel at each crossing.

How does it work?

Pedestrians

Pedestrians use the raised zebra crossings as usual, and will have priority over cyclists and cars using the roundabout.

Cyclists

Cyclists follow the green paint around the outside of the roundabout and give way to pedestrians as usual at pedestrian zebra crossings. Cyclists have priority over cars using the roundabout.

Drivers

Drivers give way to both pedestrians and cyclists when entering and exiting the roundabout.

Dorcas Street roundabout

Diagram showing the Moray Street and Dorcas Street roundabout

Coventry Street roundabout

Diagram showing the Moray Street and Convetry Street roundabout

Connection to Kavanagh Street

A bi-directional bike path has been added under the bridge.

City of Melbourne is implementing new connecting bike lanes on Kavanagh Street as well as a shared path alongside the Boyd Community Hub to Kavanagh Street.

Improvements were 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 has been improved with green bike lane road marking and bike lantern signals.

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

Intersections

The intersections at York and Moray streets, Park and Moray streets, Albert and Moray streets and also Market and Moray streets  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.