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Bicycle Plan

Draft Bicycle Plan 2016–2020

Help us build a cycling city

Work has started on creating a new four-year action plan to realise our vision of becoming a cycling city.  Head to from 15 April to 8 May 2015 to share your ideas on what’s important to you when you’re riding and how we might encourage more people to jump on a bike and ride in Melbourne.

Riding a bike is one of the most convenient and sustainable ways to experience Melbourne, as well as lots of fun. Local trips by bike help people to be healthy and active and contribute to a sustainable city. Our aim is to plan for bicycle facilities and programs where people all ages and abilities feel safe and comfortable to travel by bike.

Your views will inform the development of the draft plan which will be presented to Council later this year.

Bicycle Plan 2012–16

The City of Melbourne is committed to becoming a cycling city with safe and connected bicycle routes.

The Bicycle Plan 2012–16 is the City of Melbourne’s action plan for bicycle infrastructure and programs to make Melbourne safer and more attractive for current and future cyclists. The plan was endorsed by Council at the Future Melbourne Committee on 4 September 2012.

Focus of the plan

There has been significant effort to make Melbourne a bicycle-friendly city, though more work is needed for cycling to become a more dominant mode of travel. 

The plan recognises that investment will be required for people to feel legitimate, safe and supported when they cycle. 

The goals of the Bicycle Plan are to:

  • plan and deliver a connected cycling network
  • build high quality routes for local cycling trips
  • increase participation in cycling
  • make cycling safer.

Actions of the plan

The plan’s actions over the next four years will encourage more people to cycle more often. 

The plan details the need for :

  • a number of high priority on-road cycling routes, such as La Trobe Street, Princes Bridge on Swanston Street, St Kilda Road, Elizabeth, Exhibition and Clarendon streets
  • other off-road routes that improve transitions from off-road to on-road paths and link precincts, such as the Yarra Trail through Alexandra Gardens and Queen Victoria Gardens to St Kilda Road, Lorimer Street to Docklands and routes around Royal Park
  • more bicycle parking and improved end-of-trip facilities
  • research and bicycle safety campaigns to boost participation and monitor changes and trends. 

Download and read the Bicycle Plan:

Bicycle Plan 2012-16 (PDF, 2.5MB)
Bicycle Plan 2012-16 (Word, 422kb)

Download our Bicycle Plan infographic:

Infographic – Melbourne: a cycling city (PDF, 1.4MB)
Infographic – Melbourne: a cycling city (text only – Word, 26kb)

Infographic - Melbourne: a cycling city (see PDF/Word versions for details)

Bicycle Plan 2007–2011

The City of Melbourne’s Bicycle Plan 2007–2011 focused on improving the on- and off-road bike network and providing better bicycle facilities.

The aims of the plan were to:

  • construct new cycling infrastructure 
  • upgrade bike routes to improve safety, connections and sign-posting 
  • improve bicycle facilities
  • conduct a safe cycling education campaign aimed at motorists and cyclists 
  • establish better communication channels with cyclists.

For a copy of the Bicycle Plan call the City of Melbourne on 03 9658 9658 or download a copy below: