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Bicycle lanes and routes

The City of Melbourne is committed to becoming a cycling city, with a safe and easy bicycle network for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

We are investing in new and upgraded bicycle routes, complementing the 135 kilometres of on- and off-road routes in the municipality.

New bike ramp at Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra
St Kilda Road southbound bicycle lane
La Trobe Street bicycle lanes
Clarendon Street bicycle lanes
Exhibition Street bicycle lanes
River Esplanade, Docklands
Jim Stynes Bridge
More information

Download the brochure:
Building a cycling city (PDF, 442kb)
Building a cycling city (Word, 57kb)

New ramp at Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra

To improve access for people walking and riding bikes we are building a new ramp to link the Main Yarra / Capital City Trail along the Yarra River with Alexandra Avenue and Morell Bridge, South Yarra.

During these works, a section of the shared path on the city-side of the Hoddle Street Bridge will be closed at times until the end of June 2015. Detour signs will be in place.

At all times during the works, either the shared path along the river or the footpath along Alexandra Avenue will be open for cyclists and pedestrians to use.

All works are due to be complete by the end of June 2015 (weather permitting) and the new ramp will be ready for use from July onwards.

St Kilda Road southbound bicycle lane

A physically-separated bicycle lane has been built for cyclists travelling out of the city on St Kilda Road.

St Kilda Road has the highest incidence of car door crashes in Victoria. The new bike lane improves the safety and movement of bicycles on one of the busiest cycling routes in Melbourne by separating cyclists from moving traffic and car doors.

The lane extends between Alexandra Gardens and the Linlithgow Avenue and Southbank Boulevard intersection.

Artist's impression of the southbound traffic conditions (jpg, 930kb)

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La Trobe Street bicycle lanes

La Trobe Street is a critical east-west bicycle route through the central city that connects with existing bicycle paths and lanes on Harbour Esplanade, Swanston Street (north) and Rathdowne Street.

The installation of new, consistent bike lanes on La Trobe Street will provide a safer travel experience for all road users including pedestrians, public transport users, drivers and cyclists.

Visualisation of new cycle lanes on LaTrobe street

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Clarendon Street bicycle lanes

Improved bike lanes on Clarendon Street between Victoria Parade and Wellington Parade in East Melbourne are now operational.

The new lanes connect the Albert Street bike route and off-road paths around the MCG and the Yarra Trail. The lanes provide cyclists with a safer distance from both moving and parked cars. This has been measured to be very effective in encouraging cyclists to ride outside the car-dooring zone.

Cyclists using the new Clarendon Street bicycle lanes

Percentage of cyclists riding outside the car-dooring zone
(75cm from parked cars)

Northbound Southbound
Before separated lanes 23% 71%
After separated lanes 80% 96%

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Exhibition Street bicycle lanes

A peak period bicycle lane in Exhibition Street helps cyclists ride to and from work in the central city. People riding bikes are supported with green paint delineating bike lanes. Bike lanes operate:

Time Direction Bike lanes
Morning peak: 7.30am to 9.30am Entering the city from the south Bike lanes between Flinders and Bourke streets
Entering the city from the north Bike lanes between La Trobe and Little Bourke streets
Afternoon peak: 4.30pm to 6.30pm Leaving city to the south No bike lanes
Leaving city to the north Bike lanes between Little Bourke and La Trobe streets

No stopping restrictions will apply to the lanes during these periods.

Businesses should seek alternative times or locations to receive deliveries.

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River Esplanade, Docklands

People can ride from Foundry Way along River Esplanade to Webb Bridge on a new route. Improved signage at the entrances and paving at Point Park support cyclists to ride from Fishermans Bend and the Westgate punt to Docklands and the central city. The route provides an off-road alternative to the busier sections of Lorimer Street.

Jim Stynes Bridge

The Jim Stynes Bridge is Melbourne's newest icon. The bridge for pedestrians and cyclists links Docklands to the city centre along the Yarra River.

The new bridge celebrates different aspects of Jim Stynes’ life. It hovers above the Yarra River, goes under the Charles Grimes Bridge, and enables people to walk and cycle along the length of Northbank.

The project was a partnership between the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.

Artists' impression of Jim Stynes Bridge

Major projects from Bicycle Plan 2007-11

More information

For more information about new or existing cycling infrastructure and works, contact the City of Melbourne’s Engineering Services Group on 03 9658 9658.

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Cyclists using bicycle lane separated from traffic by parked cars