Pop-up Bike Lane Update by Mayor Marcus Pearl
Our Council also incorporated some additional requests into our formal response to the DoT.
This is a great start to responding to concerns about elements of the pop-up bike trial voiced by our Council and some members of our community. We thank the DoT for working with us to achieve the best possible outcomes for their project.
The DoT has funded and delivered 38 kilometres of pop-up bike lane routes within Port Phillip as part of its inner Melbourne pop-up bike lane trial aimed at improving local connections and access for bike riders travelling to and from Melbourne’s CBD.
Our Council’s resolution:
Notes that the Department of Transport has agreed to Council’s request to reinstate the dedicated left turn from Bridge Street into Williamstown Road in Port Melbourne
Notes that the DoT agreed to Council’s request to end the trial of the central bike lane treatment installed on Bridge Street in Port Melbourne between Princes Street and Evans Street
Supports the DoT’s proposal to work with Council on alternative designs to address bike safety on Bridge Street, Port Melbourne
Supports the DoT’s proposal to monitor the current trial treatments on Westbury Street, St Kilda East, and to work with Council Officers to explore alternative designs, and requests that any concept requiring the removal of on-street parking spaces would be brought to Councillors immediately and for community consultation to be undertaken prior to any implementation
Notes the proposal by the DoT to reinstate the dedicated left turn from Bridge Street into Bay Street in Port Melbourne. Council supports the reinstatement of the dedicated left turn from Bridge Street into Bay Street in Port Melbourne and investigates other options to improve safety for bike riders at this location
Requests that DoT reviews the treatments of dedicated left turn lanes from minor roads in the City of Port Phillip during the implementation of the rollout of the recent DoT Pop Up Bike Lanes, such as the ones in Dickens Street at Brighton Road in Elwood, Mitchell Street at Carlisle Street in St Kilda, and Blessington Way at Carlisle Street in St Kilda, and, where these and other left turn lanes removals have resulted in a loss of safety to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, seek agreement from City of Port Phillip for the removal of these treatments and reinstatement back to the original conditions
Supports the proposal of the DoT to carry out reviews across all routes to assess speed cushions and other infrastructure placement and work with Council Officers on the review and share review outcomes
Supports the proposal of the DoT to remove the speed cushion adjacent to the Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre (provided within the DoT presentation to Councillors on the 24 August 2022 and not included in their letter on 31 August 2022)
Supports the DoT’s proposal to improve the visual amenity at Lyons Street, between Bridge Street and Esplanade West, with a focus on kerb and bollard removal
Supports the Dot’s proposal to improve the visual amenity at the intersection of Dickens Street and Glen Huntly Road on Marine Parade
Supports the DoT’s proposal to end the trial on Armstrong Street and reinstate to the original road configuration
Supports the proposal to end the trial on Nelson Road and reinstate to the original road configuration
Supports the DoT proposal to continue to engage the community
Writes to the DoT thanking them for their collaborative approach in working with Council to address community concerns about the pop-up bike lane program and requesting they implement the proposals identified in their letter of 31 August 2022 and supported in this recommendation
Requests an update on implementation of the delivery of the DoT proposals as soon as possible and no later than December 2022.