Burnley Street is a north-south arterial in Richmond, between Abbotsford in the north and the Yarra River in the south, supporting a mixture of commercial and residential properties.

Location of Burnley Street. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra, Apple Maps.


Burnley Street is classed by the Department of Transport as a Strategic Cycling Corridor, expected to support large numbers of people cycling. It’s also a declared arterial, expected to support large numbers of people driving.

Burnley Street is a Strategic Cycling Corridor. Image credit: Department of Transport.


Burnley Street has hazards for people cycling (struck by people opening car doors, struck by people driving cars), and people walking (struck by people driving cars when attempting to cross side streets).

Burnley Street looking south. Image credit: Google Maps.


Burnley Street is expected to safely support large numbers of people walking, cycling and driving. To do this, the street needs:

  • footpaths at least 2 metres wide,
  • kerb extensions and raised threshold treatments across side streets, and
  • protected bicycle lanes at least 2 metres wide, similar to stage 2 of Wellington Street.

To deliver this in the available space, on-street car parking (from one side of the street) needs to be relocated to side streets. A complementary change would be to reduce the speed limit to 40 km/h.

Local champion

Your local champion for Burnley Street is Cameron Wirth, Yarra resident. View all of Streets Alive Yarra’s champions on our supporters page.

Cameron Wirth. Image credit: Andrew Henshaw.

I have been a resident in Richmond on and off for the last decade, having spent time living in Europe. I firmly believe that we can improve our sense of community and belonging by creating an interconnected city which promotes walking, cycling and public transportation. I live and work in the City of Yarra, spending a lot of leisure time with my wife, son and dog in the many parks and streets around my house. I genuinely believe that Melbourne’s inner city is unique in Australia and should be preserved. This means making roads for everyone and not just motorists. I do, however, understand the importance of finding the right balance as I also own a car and use it for various trips.

Cameron Wirth