Improvements to walking and cycling in Moreland

What we are doing

In July 2020, Council allocated an additional $1.68 million in the 20/21 budget to improve walking and cycling in Moreland.

Council is undertaking a number of projects to improve cycling and walking around Moreland. These include implementing pop up bike lanes, pop up shared zones, new zebra crossings, pedestrian thresholds, reduced speed on residential streets, and turn bans at key intersections on tram corridors. 

You can find more about each individual project outlined below.

Why do we need these walking and cycling improvements? 

The COVID-19 pandemic is having huge impacts on the ways we travel and move around. Public transport use is heavily reduced, people who are able to work from home aren’t travelling to work, and we are all living more locally to help stop the spread of the virus.

The projects seek to support the community to move around safely by foot and bike as much as possible at this time, so that there is space on public transport for people who need it and to avoid a major increase in traffic and congestion.

This will also assist in providing space for social distancing, supporting safe movement to local businesses, and promoting physical and mental health which is more important than ever.

We want to:

  • Encourage local trips to jobs, services and facilities by walking and cycling.
  • Make cycling safe, comfortable and a preferred mode of travel in Moreland.
  • Establish high-quality pedestrian routes and places that are safe, comfortable and accessible.
  • Create efficient routes that will cater to social distancing requirements.

What consultation has been done?

To respond quickly to the need to support safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists during COVID-19, Council has not conducted community consultation prior to approving these projects, including some trial projects which impact on-street car parking spaces. We will be asking for feedback throughout the trialling of these projects.

The projects with car parking impacts (separated bicycle lanes and shared zones) are trials using “pop up” materials that can be modified or removed depending on the outcomes of the trials.

Your feedback will help inform our evaluation of these trial projects.

What are the timeframes for these improvements?

These projects are currently being designed and some must first be approved by the state Department of Transport. This page will be updated with more detail on expected timeframes as this work progresses.

Upcoming walking and cycling improvement projects include:

  • "Pop up" bicycle lanes

    Pop up separated bicycles lanes on Dawson Street, Brunswick

    We are trialling “pop up” separated bicycle lanes on Dawson Street, Brunswick between the Upfield Railway Line and Barry Street (approximately 540 metres).

    This project was previously in Council’s adopted 10 year program of walking and cycling improvements for delivery in 2021-22 and has been fast-tracked as part of COVID-19 response.

    A separated bicycle lane is where there is a physical barrier between cyclists and traffic (except at driveways and intersections). This makes it safer for cyclists and encourages less confident people to ride.

    “Pop up” refers to installing a temporary kerb on the road which can be changed or removed later, rather than constructing a permanent one out of asphalt or concrete.

    This bicycle lane will connect the Upfield shared path with the West Brunswick Shimmy, and will also make it easier for students to cycle to Brunswick Secondary College. The West Brunswick Shimmy is a “low stress” cycling route that is suitable for less confident cyclists and runs from Royal Park up through backstreets such as Barry Street and up to Coburg through Gilpin Park.

    This project is being designed to minimise impact on parking however will involve the removal of about 40 parking spaces generally on the north side of the street. Subject to the final design and ensuring a safe outcome for all road users, a limited number of spaces on the south side may also need to be removed.

    Council investment: $105,000

    Estimated completion date: December 2020 

    See the designs for this pop up separated bicycle lane project.



    Extending the Coburg to Glenroy Bicycle Link through Pascoe Vale

    We have recently completed construction of a shared path on Rhodes Parade along the south side of the Northern Golf Club. This is part of a shared path linking to the Glenroy Activity Centre (along Rhodes Parade, Cardinal Road and Glenroy Road).

    We are now trialling “pop up” separated bicycle lanes on Northumberland Road, Pascoe Vale from Rhodes Parade to KW Joyce Reserve (approximately 300 metres) and on Kent Road, Pascoe Vale between KW Joyce Reserve and Cumberland Road (approximately 300 metres).

    A separated bicycle lane is where there is a physical barrier between cyclists and traffic (except at driveways and intersections). This makes it safer for cyclists and encourages less confident people to ride.

    “Pop up” refers to installing a temporary kerb on the road which can be changed or removed later, rather than constructing a permanent one out of asphalt or concrete.

    We are also constructing a shared path in KW Joyce Reserve between the two on-road links. These three projects were previously in Council’s adopted 10-year program of walking and cycling improvements for delivery by 2023-24 and have been fast-tracked as part of COVID-19 response.

    These improvements will extend the low-stress bicycle route currently running between the Glenroy Activity Centre and Northumberland Parade, to Cumberland Road. This will connect to bicycle improvements that will be delivered by the state government further towards Coburg. This will also provide better cycling connections to Pascoe Vale Girls College and Cole Reserve.

    These projects have been designed to minimise impact on parking. The Northumberland Road bicycle lanes will remove approximately 22 parking spaces on the east side of the road. The Kent Road bicycle lanes will retain most of the parking on both sides of the street however 4 spaces will be removed close to the intersections of Cornwall Street and Cumberland Road.

    Council investment: $326,000

    Estimated completion date: December 2020 

    See the designs for this cycling improvement project.



    Safer cycling on Albion Street, Brunswick

    We are trialling green treatment and rubber kerbing along the bicycle lanes on Albion Street, Brunswick between the Upfield railway line and Sydney Road (approximately 200 metres), and banning parking in these bicycle lanes.

    This means removing the limited (4 to 5 spaces) of parking in this part of Albion Street to make this area safer for cyclists – most of the parking in this area is already No Stopping or a Bus Zone (which will not be changed).

    This section of Albion Street connects cyclists diverting from the temporary closure of the Upfield shared path north of Tinning Street (due to Level Crossing Removal Project works), to the shared path on Albion Street east of Sydney Road. This shared path provides connections to the detour route along Barrow Street and other streets that may be used by cyclists, such as De Carle Street.

    The width of the street does not allow for full physical separation of cyclists from traffic however rubber kerbing will be provided that makes the bicycle lane more visible and encourages drivers to leave space for cyclists. Banning parking on the short stretch of the street where it is currently allowed will also mean cyclists won’t need to go around parked cars and into the path of traffic.

    Council investment: $40,000

    Estimated completion date: November 2020

    See the design for this safer cycling project.

  • "Pop up" shared zones in Albert Street and Victoria Street, Brunswick East

    We are conducting a trial of shared zones using “pop up” materials on Albert Street and Victoria Street, Brunswick East near where the shared path runs through Fleming Park. These projects were identified in the Brunswick Integrated Transport Strategy (BITS) that was adopted by Council in 2013.

    The length of the shared zones will be approximately 120 metres on Albert Street and 80 metres on Victoria Street – they will not affect the whole street.

    A shared zone is an area that is shared by all road users and vehicles (including cyclists) must give way to pedestrians. In the shared zone, the speed limit for vehicles (including cyclists) is 10km/h or 20km/h. Speed humps are used at the edges of the shared zones to slow down traffic. In addition, planter boxes and parklets will be placed on the road and the road surface will be painted with a colourful pattern to show this is not a normal stretch of road.

     We will also be incorporating public art as part of this to create a vibrant place for residents and other locals to enjoy.

    These projects will make it easier for people to access Fleming Park by foot or bicycle and will make the streets safer for locals by discouraging people taking shortcuts through these local streets, while still allowing vehicle access for anybody who needs it.

    These projects will also make it easier and safer for cyclists to travel along the East Brunswick Shimmy which runs north-south through Fleming Park. The East Brunswick Shimmy is a recommended cycling route through quieter backstreets that helps cyclists avoid main roads.

    These projects have been designed to minimise impacts on parking and will retain some parking within the shared zones. The number of parking spaces in the area will be reduced by about 20.

    Council investment: $150,000

    Estimated completion date: April 2021

  • Zebra Crossing blitz 

    We are installing approximately 50 new zebra crossings at various intersections and roundabouts across Moreland, prioritising locations within activity centres and on what are known as Principal Pedestrian Network routes.

    The exact number and location of new crossings is subject to cost and approval by the state Department of Transport and will be confirmed when the crossings are designed and approved.

    The zebra crossings will make it easier and safer for people to cross the road, particularly for people who need a bit more time, such as elderly people, families with children and people with disabilities. They will also send a visual signal that walking is encouraged, and that drivers and cyclists need to look out for pedestrians.

    Subject to approval from the Department of Transport, these zebra crossings will also include some splashes of colour (next to the crossings, not on them) designed by Council’s Artists in Residence.

    This project will have no impact on car parking.

    Council investment: $400,000 (additional funding is also being sought from the state government)

    Estimated completion date: Delivered progressively from December 2020 to June 2021

  • New pedestrian thresholds

    We are installing approximately 5 new pedestrian thresholds at various locations, prioritising Principal Pedestrian Network routes as well as routes to schools. The exact number and location of the new thresholds is subject to design and cost and will be confirmed later.

    A pedestrian threshold is where the surface of a road is raised at the intersection, encouraging drivers and cyclists to slow down when turning and look for pedestrians. This improves safety, as well as accessibility by providing a continuous surface for pedestrians (without ramps).

    This project will have no impact on car parking.

    Council investment: $400,000 (additional funding is also being sought from the state government)

    Estimated completion date: Delivered progressively from February 2021 to June 2021

  • Improving cyclist safety in the Boundary Road, Pascoe Vale bicycle lanes

    We are trialling a of ban on on-street parking on Boundary Road, Pascoe Vale / Coburg North / Hadfield between the Upfield Railway Line and West Street Pascoe Vale, to improve safety for cyclists using the Boundary Road bicycle lanes.

    This will not impact any on-street parking at the shops across the road from Westbreen Primary School, or the indented parking bays near the shops across the road from Hallam Reserve.

    Boundary Road has bicycle lanes for most of its length however parking has been allowed in these lanes. This means cyclists need to go into the path of traffic to get around parked cars on an arterial road with a 60km/h speed limit.

    In general, very few of the spaces along Boundary Road are in use, as most properties have off-street parking and there is also parking available in side streets.

    Making it safer for cyclists to use Boundary Road provides more east-west travel options in Moreland’s north. This also complements the recent extension of the Coburg to Glenroy Bicycle Link with the new shared path along Rhodes Parade, the upcoming extension along Northumberland Road, KW Joyce Reserve and Kent Road, and future improvements in Fawkner as well as the state government’s upgrades and extension of the Upfield shared path.

    Council will receive a report on whether to continue with this trial within 3 months of the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

    Estimated completion date: October 2020

  • Purchasing land for a footpath on Stewart Street, Brunswick East 

    Council is purchasing land on the south side of Stewart Street, Brunswick East between Nicholson Street and Ryan Street in order to construct a footpath.

    Currently there is no footpath on the south side of the street and only a very narrow footpath on the north side.

    Once the land is purchased a footpath will be design and is planned to be constructed in 2021-22.

    Estimated completion date: June 2021