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.
Council responded by installing a bluestone island with a sign:
Unfortunately a driver collided with the sign:
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.
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.
This simple and cheap treatment has made a huge improvement in the safety of people using the bike lane.
How you can help
You can help by appearing on the Streets Alive Yarra website as a champion for your local street, neighbourhood, or school.