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 and we started with the installation of a trial pop-up bike lane on South Crescent in Northcote.

After the pop-up bike lane trial finished, Council resolved at its meeting on Monday 22 March 2021 to remove the temporary bicycle lane and return the street layout of South Crescent to its previous condition.


South Crescent bike lane map

What’s happened so far

In response to community need, Council passed a resolution on 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.

During lockdown we saw 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.

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 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.

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.

The lane was installed mid-December 2020 following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Officers closely monitored the benefits and impacts of the trial.

Council received over 800 pieces of feedback during the trial period from December 2020 to March 2021. Feedback was collected through many ways, including online surveys, in-person surveys and parking counts. Bike count data found that this popup bike lane increased the number of people riding bikes, however community feedback was mixed. There were concerns raised regarding car traffic flow, aesthetics and level of safety provided for people riding bikes.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and participated in the South Crescent Pop-up Bike Lane Trial.

What’s happening now

Council resolved at its meeting on Monday 22 March 2021 to remove the pop-up bicycle lane and return the street layout of South Crescent to its previous condition. This included the reinstatement of 82 unrestricted car parking spaces on the south side between Plant Street and Simpson Street.

Council also resolved to conduct community consultation on the option of trialling a ‘no standing section’ on the south side of South Crescent, between Plant Street and Simpson Street. Further information will be provided on the details of this consultation in the near future.

The popup bicycle lane has now been removed. Nearby properties received direct notification by letter prior to the commencement of works and updates were posted on the Your Say Darebin page.

Council also resolved to not progress with other popup bicycle lane trials on Cramer Street and High Street.

The minutes of the meeting and council report are available on Council’s website.

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 and we started with the installation of a trial pop-up bike lane on South Crescent in Northcote.

After the pop-up bike lane trial finished, Council resolved at its meeting on Monday 22 March 2021 to remove the temporary bicycle lane and return the street layout of South Crescent to its previous condition.


South Crescent bike lane map

What’s happened so far

In response to community need, Council passed a resolution on 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.

During lockdown we saw 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.

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 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.

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.

The lane was installed mid-December 2020 following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Officers closely monitored the benefits and impacts of the trial.

Council received over 800 pieces of feedback during the trial period from December 2020 to March 2021. Feedback was collected through many ways, including online surveys, in-person surveys and parking counts. Bike count data found that this popup bike lane increased the number of people riding bikes, however community feedback was mixed. There were concerns raised regarding car traffic flow, aesthetics and level of safety provided for people riding bikes.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and participated in the South Crescent Pop-up Bike Lane Trial.

What’s happening now

Council resolved at its meeting on Monday 22 March 2021 to remove the pop-up bicycle lane and return the street layout of South Crescent to its previous condition. This included the reinstatement of 82 unrestricted car parking spaces on the south side between Plant Street and Simpson Street.

Council also resolved to conduct community consultation on the option of trialling a ‘no standing section’ on the south side of South Crescent, between Plant Street and Simpson Street. Further information will be provided on the details of this consultation in the near future.

The popup bicycle lane has now been removed. Nearby properties received direct notification by letter prior to the commencement of works and updates were posted on the Your Say Darebin page.

Council also resolved to not progress with other popup bicycle lane trials on Cramer Street and High Street.

The minutes of the meeting and council report are available on Council’s website.

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.

  • Council decision on South Crescent popup bike lane trial

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    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and participated in the South Crescent Pop-up Bike Lane Trial.

    Council received over 800 pieces of feedback during the trial period from December 2020 to March 2021. Feedback was collected through many ways, including online surveys, in-person surveys and parking counts. Bike count data found that this popup bike lane increased the number of people riding bikes, however community feedback was mixed. There were concerns raised regarding car traffic flow, aesthetics and level of safety provided for people riding bikes.

    Council resolved at its meeting on Monday 22 March 2021 to remove the popup bicycle lane and return the street layout of South Crescent to its previous condition. This will include the reinstatement of 82 unrestricted car parking spaces on the south side between Plant Street and Simpson Street.

    Council also resolved to conduct community consultation on the option of trialling a ‘no standing section’ on the south side of South Crescent, between Plant Street and Simpson Street. Further information will be provided on the details of this consultation in the coming weeks.

    The removal of the popup bicycle lanes is scheduled to be completed over the coming weeks. Nearby properties will receive direct notification by letter prior to the commencement of works and updates will be posted on the Your Say Darebin page.

    Council also resolved to not progress with other popup bicycle lane trials on Cramer Street and High Street.

    The minutes of the meeting will be available on Council’s website in the coming days. The council report is available on this page and is also located in the document library on the Your Say Darebin webpage here.

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

  • South Crescent Pop-up Bike Lanes Update

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    Thank you to everyone who provided valuable feedback as part of the South Crescent Pop-up Bike Lane Trial.

    After receiving over 800 community responses between December 2020 and March 2021, Council will be making a decision about the future of the South Crescent trial pop-up bike lane at its meeting on Monday 22 March, 2021.

    The pop-up bike lane was installed in mid-December as a trial of new ways to make it easier and safer for cyclists to move around Darebin following the increase in bike riding during the COVID-19 lockdowns. All feedback by phone, email or survey has been recorded and analysed as part of this project.

    The item, ‘South Crescent Pop-up Bike Lanes - Trial Evaluation and Update’ is Item 7.11 on the agenda for the Council Meeting on Monday 22 March, 2021 at 6pm. This is a public meeting that will be held at PRACE, 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir.

    You can view the full agenda for this meeting, and meeting procedures at the following webpage here.

  • Survey now closed

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    Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback. The second stage survey is now closed, and Council has heard from over 500 people from the first and second round of surveys and through other feedback. Council will be making a decision on the outcome of the trial at a Council meeting in April 2021. In the meantime, we're still open to any feedback by phone or email using the details listed above.

  • Second stage of consultation - survey now online

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    Thank you for providing feedback during our first phase of community consultation. We received a wide variety of feedback. Based on feedback provided to date, including from the first survey, email or phone, we now have four options for the community to consider. Please complete the survey online here. This survey will close on February 21.

    Your valuable feedback from this second community consultation will be key to Council making its decision about the future of the trial at its upcoming meeting in April 2021.

  • How we are responding to your feedback

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    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.

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