More than 1,000 cyclists and 10,000 motorists travel on Elizabeth Street every day.
We want to make this safer and more liveable for our community and improve access to sustainable travel options. This will be particularly important as people start returning to regular work places.
This temporary trial of dedicated bike lanes in Elizabeth Street will separate cyclists from moving traffic and parked cars. The aim is to make this stretch of road safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. In the longer term, depending on the outcomes of the trial, it will also include other improvements, such as further planting of shade canopy street trees.
What will the street look like?
This 12-month trial will include parking spaces along one side of Elizabeth Street and protected bike lanes with buffer zones on both sides. Pedestrian paths will be slightly wider on the south side between Hoddle and Lennox Streets and on the North side between Lennox and Church Streets.
A greener Elizabeth Street
We’ve already planted more than 40 new trees in Elizabeth Street, providing shady green canopy cover over the longer term. If the trial is successful the final design will include a further 30 shade trees planted within the safety buffer zones.
Working with you
Over the next 12 months you will have the opportunity to try it and see before any permanent decisions are made. Throughout the year we’ll be listening carefully to your feedback as well as conducting regular traffic studies. If the trial goes well your input will ensure any permanent design will work for everyone.
First report to Council – September 2020
On 15 September, Council received a report on the project, which included detailed information about the feedback we're hearing from our community. Council resolved at this meeting to continue with the trial for the remainder of the 12 months. It also resolved to:
- allow for adjustments, and refinements with further assessment at end of the trial period
- note the officer report, the analysis provided to date, the material provided in the attachments, the commentary of the local community as reproduced in Attachment 3, and comments received at the Council meeting
- additionally ask officers to prepare the next quarterly report for new Council, which includes community and resident consultation including materials in language, which proposes the options outlined in this Report for feedback, if viable and including new information from the DoT Guidelines.
Download and view the minutes and final resolution from the meeting.
Report to Council - December 2021
A further report was provided to Council including detailed community feedback. Council resolved to continue the trial for a further 12 months noting its location on a strategic cycling route to and from the CBD and the significantly changed travel patterns in the 18 months to date caused by various COVID pandemic lock downs.
Council also resolved to:
- retain the layout and configuration of the project as it currently exists including the specific width of the cycling lanes to provide lanes with maximum safety and passing manoeuvres on a strategic cycling route;
- assess the suitability of establishing a temporary and or permanent (post trial) pedestrian crossing at Shelley Street, and to liaise with senior officers at the Department of Transport seeking to facilitate as deemed appropriate;
- assess the suitability of improving lighting to both Regent Street and Shelley Street, between Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street, and to either facilitate this or engage with/ advocate to the responsible authority to facilitate this, if and as deemed appropriate;
- liaise with senior State Government officials regarding the pending North Richmond Master Plan, which includes Elizabeth Street, and other relevant committees to advocate for improvements to local streets in this area regarding safety and amenity, as well as broader public realm enhancements; and to
- continue a program of data collection and survey work, arrange further engagement targeting the CALD community and to continue to monitor the your Say Yarra page.