Lennox Street is a north-south street in Richmond, between Victoria Street and Swan Street. North of Victoria Street the name changes to Nicholson Street.
Part of the bicycle network
Lennox Street forms part of the VicRoads Principal Bicycle Network and is also a Strategic Cycling Corridor. It’s intended as an important north-south cycling corridor, for example for high school students cycling from Cremorne north to the new Richmond High School.
The problem is that Lennox Street is not safe for people cycling, especially not for people of all ages and abilities. The north-bound cycling lane is located next to parked cars, creating a life-threatening dooring hazard. If a driver opens their door suddenly, then the person cycling could be knocked off, under the wheels of a following car.
Video of dooring
The following video captures a dooring event, which thankfully did not result in death or serious injury, because the person cycling happened to be just far enough away from the car.
As described in the VicRoads Traffic Engineering Manual Guidance on Treating Bicycle Car Dooring Collisions, the solution is to relocate car parking to side streets, i.e. off the strategic cycling corridor.
Support from the RACV
The RACV have proposed a network of bicycle superhighways, including on Lennox Street and up Nicholson Street.
Support from Infrastructure Australia
Infrastructure Australian have included RACV’s proposal for bicycle superhighways, in their 2020 Infrastructure Priority List: