The Victorian Coalition Government will invest more than $1 million on bicycle lanes along Chapel Street, Acting Planning Minister Michael O'Brien announced today.
Mr O'Brien said safety and connectivity are priorities for Melbourne's most popular activities areas.
"These bike lane upgrades are essential to help improve cyclist safety and will improve connections between the Chapel Street Precinct and the wider bike network along the Yarra River.
"There has been significant inconvenience to bike riders due to the rough road surface of part-time bicycle lanes on Chapel Street north of Toorak Road.
"Bluestone gutters and service pits cause significant inconvenience and unsafe situations for cyclists. This funding will provide both cyclists and motorists with a safer road in this popular destination.
"The upgrades will also assist with traffic flow during peak times and will ensure a better ride for cyclists travelling to and from work, school and for recreational purposes," Mr O'Brien said.
Features of the upgrade include:
- Bluestone gutter to be treated to create a smoother surface;
- Intersections will be treated with green surfacing to increase the visibility of cyclists; and
- Intersection of Chapel Street and Alexandra Avenue to be modified to allow cyclists continuous flow access between the off road path and on road bike lanes.
Member for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown commended today's funding announcement.
"This is a vital cycling link for Prahran and South Yarra residents.
"The Coalition Government is committed to improving local cycling infrastructure that will build on the liveability of our vibrant local community."
"I am very pleased that through this announcement the Coalition Government will deliver on the election commitment to improve cycling infrastructure in Prahran and encourage more commuters along our bike routes to the city," Mr Newton-Brown said.