We're looking to install a safe cycling corridor along Melon Street


This would be a protected bi-directional (two-way) bike lane between South Road and Ballarat Road, linking into the existing shared user path on South Road and future bicycle lanes along Lacy Street.

The new bike lane would be installed on the western side of Melon Street, except for the section between Cremorne Street and Ballarat Road when it would be on the opposite side, with a concrete kerb separating cyclists from motorists.

The bike lane would provide a safe route for Braybrook residents to cycle to Tottenham Station and link up with the 23 kilometre Maribyrnong River Trail via Lacy Street and Cranwell Reserve.

Options:

There are two options for the bike lane - one would see two-way traffic retained and the other would see the street becoming one-way in parts.

Both would involve a loss of car parking, but how much will depend on the option chosen, noting that most properties along Melon Street have a driveway and/or garage so residents are generally able to park off the street.

Option One: Protected bike lane with reduced traffic

  • Melon Street would become one-way from Elizabeth Street to South Road and from Cremorne Street to Ballarat Road
  • Removal of all car parking where two-way traffic continues
  • Roundabouts at Hargreaves and Joy Streets become intersections

Option Two: Protected bike lane with two-way traffic retained

Melon Street would remain open to two-way traffic throughout, but:

  • All on-street parking on both sides along the full length of Melon Street would be removed

All existing street trees would be retained along with access to residents' driveways.

Regardless of the option chosen, a new bike lane would mean motorists could no longer:

  • Enter Melon Street off South Road or Ballarat Road
  • Turn right from Melon Street onto either South Road or Ballarat Road (noting currently vehicles are not able to turn right onto Ballarat Road)
  • Travel northbound through the Churchill Avenue roundabout (heading towards Ballarat Road)

These proposals will change how residents navigate around the area and traffic flow and parking on surrounding streets as motorists change their travel habits.

You will find more detail, including a look at traffic and parking impacts, in the Options Assessment documents that can be found in the document library, or in the FAQ's, on the right.

Project Background

The Melon Street bike lane was identified in the Maribyrnong Bicycle Strategy 2020 - 2030 as an important cycling corridor that would encourage more residents to more regularly use bicycles as a safe means of transport, especially to access schools, shops, train stations, and community facilities, regardless of age, gender and ability.

The Strategy focuses on delivering transformational projects that include a physical separation between cyclists and cars, and safer speeds, as ways to increase the number of riders on our roads - an aspiration recognised by the community in the Maribyrnong 2040 Community Plan – “We are keen for Council to invest in the provision and maintenance of active transport infrastructure, including wider footpaths, safer cycling lanes and a commitment to ongoing maintenance….to help us get around the City and to and from public transport”.

Funding for the Melon Street Project has been secured from State Government though the Department of Transport’s Sunshine Transport Precinct Activation fund https://transport.vic.gov.au/our-transport-future/our-projects/transport-precincts/sunshine-transport-precinct

Join the Conversation

Because creating a new cycling corridor would change the way residents navigate through the area and impact parking, we’re keen to understand how residents feel about the two options for the protected bi-directional bike lane on Melon Street.

On-street (weather permitting)

Meet with us on the corner of Melon Street and Churchill Avenue to talk through the options and changes and benefits from an improved cycling connection.

Saturday 23 July, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

If this time doesn’t work for you, please get in touch via email or phone to request a time to meet.

Braybrook Community Hub

We will also be hosting drop-in information sessions at Braybrook Community Hub.

Wednesday 20 July, 3.30 - 5.30 pm

Saturday 23 July, 10am - 12pm

Online

Complete the survey below and share your feedback before 5pm, 14 August, 2022.