Darebin’s first pop-up bike lane trial

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As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions, more people than ever are asking for safe places to ride. Council is trialling solutions to make it easier and safer to move around Darebin, starting with the installation of our first pop-up bike lane on South Crescent in Northcote.

The South Crescent pop-up bike lane is now open and you are invited to provide feedback by completing this survey.

South Crescent bike lane map

What’s happened so far?

In response to community need, Council passed a resolution of 29 June 2020 to trial temporary bike lanes in select locations around Darebin. We’ve also successfully advocated to State Government for the installation of the Department of Transport’s first pop-up bike lane in Heidelberg Road nearby.

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, notification letters were delivered to residents in South Crescent and adjacent streets, and the lane was installed in mid-December.

Why do we need more bike lanes?

We want to support the Darebin community by providing more safe and accessible bike riding options.

During lockdown we've seen a huge local uptake of bike riding, with a 100% increase in bike usage of the Darebin Creek Trail alone.

According to research by the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University, metropolitan Melbourne can expect to see a 45% increase in bike riding to work and a 59% increase in riding to study as people return to offices and face-to-face learning.

Why start with South Crescent?

South Crescent in Northcote was chosen as a great candidate for this trial due to its connectedness to other key bike routes and its proximity to the State Government’s upcoming Heidelberg Road pop-up bike lane.

People use the bike route in South Crescent as an important connection to local shops and schools and to connect to bike routes such as the Merri Creek Trail and St Georges Road. It’s also part of Darebin’s signposted Shimmy backstreet bike network.

Parking data collection over the last four months of the pandemic has shown 5% parking occupancy along the southern side of the street where the bike lane will be installed. This is equivalent to around 19 parking spaces empty out of every 20. Parking data collection in South Crescent and adjacent streets will continue throughout the trial.

How will the trial work?

The pop-up bike lane between Simpson Street and Plant Street was created along the existing bike route on the south side of South Crescent, Northcote.

This was achieved by replacing parking on the south side in this section only. Parking on the north side and adjacent to the railway stations has not been changed.

Temporary bollards separate the bike lane from other traffic, and these will be in place for at least three months as a trial before being formally evaluated.

Officers are closely monitoring the benefits and impacts of the trial over the next three months.

How can I provide feedback?

We’re trialling this pop-up bike lane, and your feedback is important to us. You are encouraged to share your experience of the trial pop-up bike lane via this online survey. We will also reach out to bike riders and others using this street to provide feedback on location.

If you have any queries about this project you can email joshua.williams@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8888 and ask to speak to Joshua Williams, Transport Planner, Transport Strategy and Programs.

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the pop-up bike lanes, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

For more information about getting around Darebin by bike please visit our website.


As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions, more people than ever are asking for safe places to ride. Council is trialling solutions to make it easier and safer to move around Darebin, starting with the installation of our first pop-up bike lane on South Crescent in Northcote.

The South Crescent pop-up bike lane is now open and you are invited to provide feedback by completing this survey.

South Crescent bike lane map

What’s happened so far?

In response to community need, Council passed a resolution of 29 June 2020 to trial temporary bike lanes in select locations around Darebin. We’ve also successfully advocated to State Government for the installation of the Department of Transport’s first pop-up bike lane in Heidelberg Road nearby.

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, notification letters were delivered to residents in South Crescent and adjacent streets, and the lane was installed in mid-December.

Why do we need more bike lanes?

We want to support the Darebin community by providing more safe and accessible bike riding options.

During lockdown we've seen a huge local uptake of bike riding, with a 100% increase in bike usage of the Darebin Creek Trail alone.

According to research by the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University, metropolitan Melbourne can expect to see a 45% increase in bike riding to work and a 59% increase in riding to study as people return to offices and face-to-face learning.

Why start with South Crescent?

South Crescent in Northcote was chosen as a great candidate for this trial due to its connectedness to other key bike routes and its proximity to the State Government’s upcoming Heidelberg Road pop-up bike lane.

People use the bike route in South Crescent as an important connection to local shops and schools and to connect to bike routes such as the Merri Creek Trail and St Georges Road. It’s also part of Darebin’s signposted Shimmy backstreet bike network.

Parking data collection over the last four months of the pandemic has shown 5% parking occupancy along the southern side of the street where the bike lane will be installed. This is equivalent to around 19 parking spaces empty out of every 20. Parking data collection in South Crescent and adjacent streets will continue throughout the trial.

How will the trial work?

The pop-up bike lane between Simpson Street and Plant Street was created along the existing bike route on the south side of South Crescent, Northcote.

This was achieved by replacing parking on the south side in this section only. Parking on the north side and adjacent to the railway stations has not been changed.

Temporary bollards separate the bike lane from other traffic, and these will be in place for at least three months as a trial before being formally evaluated.

Officers are closely monitoring the benefits and impacts of the trial over the next three months.

How can I provide feedback?

We’re trialling this pop-up bike lane, and your feedback is important to us. You are encouraged to share your experience of the trial pop-up bike lane via this online survey. We will also reach out to bike riders and others using this street to provide feedback on location.

If you have any queries about this project you can email joshua.williams@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8888 and ask to speak to Joshua Williams, Transport Planner, Transport Strategy and Programs.

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the pop-up bike lanes, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

For more information about getting around Darebin by bike please visit our website.


  • How we are responding to your feedback

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    24 Dec 2020

    Thank you to everyone who has provided us with their feedback and ideas so far!

    In response to issues raised by the community, the following changes will be made to improve safety:

    • Installing 'Changed Traffic Conditions' signs at the east and west ends of the bike lane;
    • Removing bollards at each street intersection to improve access by bike; and
    • Installing additional bicycle symbols on the street surface to improve safety and wayfinding for people riding eastbound.

    Due to the upcoming holiday period, there may be a delay in implementation. It is expected that these works will be completed in the week beginning 4 January 2021.

    As this is a pop-up trial project, it is designed to be flexible and responsive to issues as they arise. Further changes can be considered and implemented as required.

    You can now provide your feedback through the online survey.

    The Your Say Darebin page will be regularly updated in this news feed so stay tuned for more information.