South Melbourne receives new cycle-friendly roundabouts

July 25, 2018 by  

The inner city suburb of South Melbourne has become the first place in Victoria to receive a new roundabout design that favours cyclists and pedestrians over cars.

The new roundabouts, where Moray Street crosses Dorcas and Coventry streets, include speedbumps at every entry point to force drivers to slow down. The added speedbumps are wide enough to allow a zebra crossing and a dedicated bicycle lane. Alterations to traffic arrangements are often communicated with the assistance of flyer and brochure printing services.

The changes in South Melbourne are part of major upgrades to the Moray Street cycle route aimed at drastically reducing travel times in and out of the city. The ongoing construction of Anzac station underneath nearby St Kilda Road has reduced the major boulevard to one lane in either direction, causing heavy congestion and creating a need for an alternative route.

While St Kilda Road still offers realigned cycle routes, local MP Martin Foley has stated Moray Street will be a ‘more convenient’ alternative. He said:

“These two new Victorian-first roundabouts will improve safety, reduce travel times and provide a more convenient journey for cyclists.”

Other upgrades for cyclists travelling on Moray Street include wider lanes with better line markings and a rumble street to warn cars straying into the bicycle lane. A small buffer lane running along on-street car parking spaces also hopes to prevent cyclists being injured in so-called ‘doorings’.