Improvements to walking and cycling in Moreland
The Victorian COVID-19 state of emergency is impacting the way we travel and move around. As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and beyond, we want to make it easier for our community to get around local neighbourhoods by walking and cycling.
Our goals are to:
- Encourage local trips to jobs, services and facilities by walking and cycling.
- Make cycling safe, comfortable (especially for those who are less confident), 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.
- Avoid a significant increase in congestion on our roads as COVID-19 restrictions ease and public transport is still running at reduced capacity.
- Promote physical and mental health.
In July 2020 we allocated an additional $1.68 million in the 2020/2021 budget toward trial and permanent projects aimed at improving walking and cycling infrastructure in Moreland. These trial projects will help us achieve our our goals.
- implementing trial bike lanes
- new zebra crossings and pedestrian thresholds
- seeking Department of Transport approval to trial shared zones and introduce right-turn bans at key intersections on tram corridors.
Consulting with the community
To respond quickly to the need for the support of safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists during COVID-19, we have not conducted community consultation prior to approving these projects. This includes some trial projects which impact on-street car parking spaces.
We are delivering the bike lane and shared zone projects as trials and using materials that can be modified or removed depending on the outcomes and community feedback during the trials. These trials are expected to run between 12 months to two years. All other projects are permanent.
We will be inviting you to share your feedback and experiences of walking and cycling while using our new separated bike lanes and shared zones. Your feedback will help us to monitor the trials and make adjustments or improvements before any permanent decisions are made.
We are also currently delivering the following projects across Moreland:
Boundary Road has bicycle lanes for most of its length and previously parking has been allowed in these lanes. This has meant that cyclists have needed to cross into the path of traffic to get around parked cars on an arterial road with a 60km/h speed limit.
We are trialing a ban of on-street parking on Boundary Road in Pascoe Vale, Coburg North and Hadfield between the Upfield Railway Line and West Street Pascoe Vale. We aim to improve safety for cyclists using the Boundary Road bicycle lanes so they do not have to cross into the path of traffic due to parked cars.
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. This ban 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 opposite Hallam Reserve.
Making it safer for cyclists on Boundary Road will provide more east-west travel options in Moreland’s north. This change 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. It also complements the state government’s upgrades and extension of the Upfield shared pathway.
We will receive a report on whether to continue with this trial within 3 months of the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Alongside the projects listed above, we are also installing approximately 5 new pedestrian thresholds at various locations. These will be on prioritised Principal Pedestrian Network routes and routes to schools. The exact number and location of the new thresholds is subject to design and cost and is still to be confirmed.
A pedestrian threshold is where the surface of a road is raised at the intersection, encouraging drivers and cyclists to slow down and look for pedestrians when turning. These additions improve safety and make walkways more accessible by providing a continuous surface for pedestrians that don't involve ramps.
This project will have no impact on car parking. The budget for this project is $400,000 and additional funding is also being sought from the state government. This project will be delivered progressively across Moreland from February 2021 to June 2021.
Alongside the projects listed above, we are also installing approximately 50 new zebra crossings at various intersections and roundabouts across Moreland. These will be in prioritised locations within activity centres and on 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 to do so. This includes 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. The budget for this project is $400,000 and additional funding is also being sought from the state government. This project will be delivered progressively across Moreland from December 2020 to June 2021.
Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy
The Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy is a project that aims to improve the way we manage on-street parking across Moreland. This plan was adopted in March 2019 and was developed based on community consultation in 2017 and 2019.
This plan has seen many changes including being abandoned in a meeting in December 2020. At this time we resolved to abandon planned future MITS parking restrictions and changes in all Activity Centres (Coburg, Brunswick and Glenroy) and all Neighbourhood Centres. Our Councillors voted that further MITS changes should instead be based on community support and/or high levels of parking demand on a street-by-street basis.
For more information on the latest developments of this project, go to our Changes to parking in your area page.