The emergence of Pop-up Bike Lanes
Local Councils have been trialling pop-up bike lane infrastructure across inner Melbourne suburbs to support and encourage safe cycling. The Pop-up Bike Lanes Program is temporary, allowing for routes to be adapted in line with community consultation, feedback and monitoring. The bicycle route trials are to be implemented for 12-18 months before removal or, in the case of success, remain as permanent infrastructure (VicRoads 2022).
Recently, implementation of these temporary bike lanes sparked a discussion around ways these pop-up lanes could be better implemented.
At Ratio, we strongly support the implementation and rollout of pop-up bike lanes as supportive bicycle infrastructure that play an integral role in assisting a shift towards safe and sustainable transport modes. The reallocation of road reserves from private vehicles to bicycles also allows for the facilitation of increased and improved public space for pedestrians and local businesses (through extended ‘parklet’ dining areas) and amenity for communities.
Cremorne as a Bike Lane Candidate
Ratio’s Transport, Planning and Urban Design teams conducted a study of our local Cremorne neighbourhood, investigating different ways of rolling out temporary bicycle infrastructure that can have improved outcomes for cyclists, pedestrians and the community.
Cremorne is an ideal candidate for bicycle infrastructure trialling due to its proximity to the city, location between inner eastern suburbs and the CBD, and characteristics of being a relatively closed-off precinct nestled between a railway line, the Yarra River, Monash Freeway and Hoddle Street.
Cremorne has been heavily revitalised from its industrial past to keep pace with its commercial future, accommodating an abundance of design studios, consultancy practices, start-ups, and larger entities, such as Seek and Kangan Institute. The neighbourhood experiences high levels of pedestrian activity for the last leg of journeys. This may be attributed to site constraints (often small and limited on-site parking provision) and proximity to train stations (Richmond Station and East Richmond Station) as well as multiple tram services along Swan Street and Church Street.
The community must be involved in the process of reallocating road space throughout the precinct and extensive community consultation should be at the forefront of any design decision.
Designing and Planning for additional Bicycle Infrastructure
Cremorne has limited road reserve space throughout the precinct, with numerous streets already catering to one-way traffic. There is limited capacity to create high-quality outcomes that service our overarching aims of improving public space for community and business, pedestrian movement, amenity and importantly safe and effective cyclability while maintaining two-way traffic movement on the streets.