The controversial pop-up bike lanes in St Kilda, Port Melbourne and neighbouring suburbs will be scrapped following community concerns about safety, amenity and aesthetics.
Port Phillip Council Mayor Health Cunsolo said the council requested alterations and removals of some pop-up bike lane infrastructure following a council meeting on July 20, 2022, and then requested further reviews of the trial after a meeting on September 7, 2022.
Cunsolo said at a meeting on December 8, 2022, council requested the immediate removal of pop-up bike lanes in several locations in the municipality.
The Department of Transport and Planning (DTP, previously Department of Transport) provided a formal response on April 6, 2023 notifying council that pop-up bike routes would be removed or adjusted across Port Phillip.
As reported in The Age, The DPT has agreed to remove all speed humps, bollards, concrete blocks and yellow lines at all pop-up bike lane locations, including at the Brighton Rd and Dickens St intersection.
Cunsolo said council is seeking further clarification from DTP regarding its plans for permanent pop-up bike lane infrastructure on Marine Parade - a state-managed road - to provide the opportunity for community consultation.
She said: “DTP has informed us that reinstatement works will commence in the coming weeks and we are working with DTP to ensure the best outcome for our community.
“We acknowledge and thank the DTP for its efforts to date in working collaboratively with council to implement our resolutions, which seek to address community concerns regarding pop-up bike lane infrastructure in our city.”
DTP funded approximately 38 kilometres of pop-up bike lanes in Port Phillip.
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