Rathdowne Street is a north-south in North Carlton, hosting residences and shops. It’s a local street, not a declared VicRoads arterial.

Rathdowne / Davis Intersection

One problem is that drivers ignore the painted bicycle lane, thus increasing the ‘Level of Transport Stress’ (LTS) for people cycling, which dissuades people from cycling regularly.

Looking south at Rathdowne / Davis. Image credit: Graeme Cross.

Council responded by installing a bluestone island with a sign:

Looking north at Rathdowne / Davis. Image credit: Marcus Coghlan.

Unfortunately a driver collided with the sign:

‘Sorry mate I didn’t see you’. Image credit: Marcus Coghlan.

Council has since replaced the sign with different type of pole, so it won’t fail if driven over. Since the replacement, driver compliance has increased significantly, resulting in a safer environment for bike users.

New pole and sign. Image credit: Graeme Cross.

Rathdowne / Princes Intersection

Council also removed a couple of parking spots at the Princes St intersection to allow the bike lane to continue through the intersection.

Conclusion

This simple and cheap treatment has made a huge improvement in the safety of people using the bike lane.