Why are we doing this?
The Garden City Bike Corridor has been designed to improve connections for bike riders by linking Garden City Reserve to the Sandridge and Bay Trail shared path networks. The project is designed to improve access for bike riders and make Beacon Road and Swallow Street safer for all users.
The corridor is an important bike route for recreational and local bike trips, and is a key action in our Move, Connect, Live Integrated Transport Strategy, providing a link between popular destinations in the Port Melbourne area.
To accommodate the separated bike path, removal of 30 parking bays on the western side of Beacon Road between First Point and Howe Parade will be required. Parking surveys undertaken in November 2020 on a weekday and a weekend did not capture more than five vehicles parking in these bays. Sufficient parking capacity remains on the opposite side of Beacon Road to accommodate these vehicles to park in this vicinity following the removal of the 30 parking bays.
Key improvements for the corridor include:
- improved and safer crossing opportunities for pedestrians and bike riders at the following locations
- Boulevard and Beacon Road roundabout
- Boulevard and Howe Parade roundabout
- intersection of Ross Street and Swallow Street
- intersection of Evans Street and Swallow Street
- widening of the nature strip and the installation of an off-road separated bike path along the western side of Beacon Road between The Boulevard and Howe Parade
- narrowing of traffic lanes on Beacon Road to promote reduced traffic speeds
- upgrades to Garden City Reserve shared path, including lighting upgrades and the installation of additional signage and line marking
- an off-road, separated bike path along the northern side nature strip of Swallow Street between Garden City Reserve and the Sandridge Railway Trail
In early February 2021, the Transport Safety team sent letters to owners and occupiers of adjacent properties informing them of the project and upcoming works. Following this notification, officers began the tender process, with construction scheduled to begin in September 2021.