We’re making some changes on Rose Street in Fitzroy in order to make the road more pedestrian friendly and improve access to the markets and businesses on the street.
Works will begin the week of Monday 26 April and last for approximately 3 weeks (depending on weather conditions).
Can I still access the street?
During the works Rose Street road will be progressively closed to traffic in sections from Monday to Friday to minimise disruptions.
Pedestrians will still be able to access Rose Street during this time.
The road will be completely reopened again over the weekends to ensure Rose Street Market can operate as usual.
What changes are we making on Rose Street?
The changes we will include:
- Turning Rose Street into a shared zone, with a speed limit of 10km an hour, between Brunswick Street and Spring Street.
- Road pavement art by Otis Hope Carey along Rose Street between the shared zone.
- Installation of new seating and planters. Parking will be removed in areas where these will be installed.
- Installation of a sculpture by artist Adam Stone near the corner of Brunswick and Rose streets.
- 6 more bicycle hoops.
- Installation of a bike pumping station.
We’ll be reviewing the changes after a 12-month period, to ensure that they are effective in improving pedestrian access to Rose Street.
Who did we talk to?
We gathered feedback and ideas from residents, businesses and visitors around the area through a number of projects.
This included community consultation on Rose Street ‘Feet First’ in 2017. Some of the key issues flagged as part of this consultation included:
- Lack of access for pedestrians, and poor access for older people, people with prams or people with a disability.
- Not enough seating areas.
- Access for cyclists and lack of bike racks.
- Lack of greenery.
In August 2019, we talked to residents and visitors to Brunswick Street about what they wanted to see to improve the footpaths and public spaces on and around Brunswick Street, which fed into our Brunswick Street Masterplan project.
Some of the things that people told us they wanted to see more of in the area included:
- Friendlier, safer, and more accessible footpaths for pedestrians.
- More greenery: trees and shade, planter boxes, vertical greenery, garden beds.
- More places to sit and gather.
- More public art.
Why have the changes been delayed?
This project was delayed after the consultation in 2017 due to a lack of funding availability.
In 2020, we began preparing the road for the changes, but have also experienced some delays due to coronavirus (COVID-19), which affected our suppliers.