The Capital City Trail is a key park of our active transport network. A key issue for safety and usability is how the trail crosses streets. On the Capital City Trail, a shared path priority crossing has been installed on Bowen Crescent Princes Hill providing a safe crossing for people walking, jogging and cycling.

Image credit: Marcus Coghlan

This improved design makes active transport safe, convenient and enjoyable; key elements of achieving 8 to 80 cities. This crossing sits on the boundary between City of Yarra and City of Melbourne and required cooperation, resources and funding from both Councils.  More than 1 million people use the trail each year, as recorded by an electronic counter.  Many others walked, jogged, pushed strollers and skateboarded along the path but were not recorded by the electronic counter.

The Capital City Trail has three other uncontrolled road crossings in the City of Yarra at:

  • Rae Street,
  • Brunswick Street North, and
  • Bennett Street Fitzroy North.

Many more people use the shared path than drive on these three residential streets.  It is hoped the City of Yarra will install shared path priority crossings at these locations thereby enabling safe walking and cycling by the local community and those travelling through Yarra on the Capital City Trail.

Here are two “before” photos, at intersections awaiting improvement:

Intersection awaiting improvement. Image credit: Marcus Coghlan
Intersection awaiting improvement. Image credit: Marcus Coghlan

Improving sight lines

Where the Capital City Trail runs parallel to Park Street, people need to cross to streets such as Drummond, Rathdowne or Canning. The problem is that these crossings have dangerously poor sight lines. The solution is to remove 2-3 car parks from Park Street at each street T-intersection, replacing them with a kerb extension.

Poor sight lines when moving from the Capital CIty Trail to Drummond Street. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra.

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