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Share Our Streets

Share Our Streets is the City of Melbourne’s road safety program which encourages all road users in Melbourne to show courtesy and respect to make their journey around the city safer and more enjoyable – for everyone!

Share Our Streets addresses issues specific to the City of Melbourne’s unique urban environment such as how to use shared spaces, the impact of distractions and car-dooring.

Around a million people use our streets every day. There are some simple things you can do to move around the city safely.

Tips for using shared spaces

When you’re riding a bicycle

  • Ride at a slow speed, especially in shared and busy areas.
  • Indicate to others when you’re about to pass – ring your bell or say ‘passing’.
  • Give way to people walking.

When you’re walking

  • Stay to the left.
  • Mobile phones and headphones can distract you – be alert to what’s going on around you.
  • Look out for people riding bikes when you change direction.

Tips for crossing the street

  • Mobile phones and headphones can distract you – stay alert to what’s going on around you.
  • Always remember to look up and around when crossing the street and walking along the footpath.
  • Keep to the crossings where possible and only cross on green.

Tips to avoid car-dooring

  • Always use your mirrors before getting out of your car
  • Open your door slowly with your left hand – turning your head this way helps you to look over your shoulder to see people on bikes coming

Until April 2015, the Share Our Streets teams will be at busy locations across the city encouraging all road users to be alert, cross when green and look out for each other.

Follow the City of Melbourne Facebook and Twitter accounts to find out exact dates and locations. Updates will be posted with the hashtag #shareourstreets

This is the second phase of Share Our Streets which forms part of the Road Safety Plan. The plan aims to improve safety for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Further information

Woman riding bike past National Gallery