About 19 kilometres of protected bike lanes have been built in and around the CBD over the past two years, with a further 71 kilometres planned by 2030, but the lanes have been criticised by some traders and delivery drivers who say they increase congestion and make it difficult to park.
Cyclists make their way along a narrow bike lane along Collins Street. CREDIT:JOE ARMAO
“Council will consider pausing the bike lane rollout in the Hoddle Grid over the coming year,” a council spokesman said on Thursday.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp admitted that the negative reaction had played a major role in the council’s decision.
“A big part of the feedback about bike lanes is that people felt they were taken by surprise,” she said.
“Because the city was so empty we took that as the opportunity to do capital works like bike lanes because we wouldn’t cause disruption when people came back. But then when people started coming back they said, ‘Hey, what are these new things?’”
Bike lanes: Melbourne City Council puts on the breaks after complaints (theage.com.au)