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Monday, 29 August 2016

ELIZABETH STREET MOTORCYCLE PRECINCT

THE FAMOUS ELIZABETH STREET MOTORCYCLE PRECINCT IN MELBOURNE is affected by road works as the city grows. Works at the Flinders Street end of Elizabeth Street do not directly affect the bike area but they are part of a larger plan for the whole street. City planners want input.

Damien

Elizabeth Street South Streetscape Improvement Plan

The City of Melbourne is commencing work on Elizabeth Street South Streetscape Improvement Plan.  The Plan will provide strategic streetscape design ideas to improve the public realm at the southern end of Elizabeth Street and reinforce its role as a key pedestrian pathway and one of Melbourne’s most significant city spines.

The project aims to:

·                       Create a gateway to the city’s retail core.

·                       Provide more room for pedestrians by reallocating space in the street 
currently used for the southbound vehicle carriageway and parking, to better 
reflect the current and future needs of the street.

·                       Improve the amenity of the street and accessibility by de-cluttering the space.

·                       Provide a high-quality public realm at the southern end of Elizabeth Street.

A brochure which details the project rationale, its proposed stages and some preliminary ideas for the site can be found here.

Throughout August we are gathering stakeholder feedback and comments to help determine the extent of what is possible at this important and complex site.  We hope to present concept designs to the wider community for feedback early in 2017.

Our Engineering Services team suggested that you and your organisation may be interested in taking to the project team during this first stage of the project.  It would be great if yourself or a suitable colleague could attend the following meeting to talk about the project and help us to fully understand the complexities of the site for cyclists and motorcyclists and help ensure that the current and future user experience is fully understood in any proposed concept designs.

Steven Weir 
Placemaking and Engagement
City of Melbourne 

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