Shaping our city

Bike routes for beginners: commuting from your neighbourhood

23 February 2021

Riding a bike is a convenient, sustainable and healthy way of getting around, so dust off your handlebars and explore Melbourne’s brand new bike lanes.

As part of city recovery, we’re fast-tracking 40 km of kerbside-protected bike lanes in the City of Melbourne to help get the city moving again and support bike riders with a safe, efficient and sustainable transport option.

Here are some convenient routes into the city that incorporate the new kerbside-protected bike lanes as well as leafy sections and views of landmarks.

For detailed bike maps and journey planning, download the arevo app.

1. From Carlton

Start your ride on relaxed Canning Street, continue onto Barkly Street, then connect to leafy Rathdowne Street. While you ride, enjoy views of Carlton Gardens and the grand Exhibition Building.

Make your way into the city via Exhibition Street and explore any of the ‘little’ streets, like Little Collins Street, which now has a 20 km speed limit and other infrastructure to help make your trip safer.

2. From Parkville

Begin on Royal Parade or Princes Park Drive, riding alongside Princes Park, and then use our new shared path on the south side of College Crescent. Finish on Swanston Street, which has fully protected lanes that take you all the way into the city.

3. From North Melbourne

Start on the brand new, fully kerbside-protected Abbotsford Street bike lanes, continuing onto Queensberry Street, then either turn into Peel Street, Swanston Street or leafy Rathdowne Street, and travel towards the city.

4. From South Yarra

Take in the sights of the city and the Yarra River via the Capital City Trail. From the south side of the trail, turn into Alexandra Gardens, then cross at Princes Bridge and onto car-free Swanston Street.

From the north side of the Yarra Trail, turn onto the Batman Avenue shared path and then continue into our new kerbside-protected bike lanes on Exhibition Street.

5. From Docklands

Start on the existing Harbour Esplanade-Footscray Road shared path, then use our new kerbside-protected La Trobe Street bike lanes.

Turn into the middle of the central city on William Street, Swanston Street or Exhibition Street, which have all been made safer for bikes.

The new bike lanes are key routes identified in City of Melbourne’s Transport Strategy 2030, and they are being delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government.

For more information, visit Cycling or have your say about our new bike lanes at Participate.

Boost your confidence

If you’re still a little unsure about riding your bike into the city, check out Let’s Ride Melbourne. On this site, you can browse information about bike confidence workshops, bike parking, maintenance, road rules, etiquette, and other great opportunities for newbies.

Find cool routes

Whether riding or walking, or Cool Routes digital wayfinding tool can help you find comfortable ways to get through the city on summer days. Add your location and destination, and the tool will take into account the time of day, city architecture and surrounds to suggest the coolest path through the city. To find out more, visit Cool Routes.

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