Cycling in Stonnington
Council's vision for cycling in Stonnington is that, cycling will be widely undertaken in Stonnington, whether for fun, fitness or travel – providing health, economic, social and environmental benefits to the community.
Participation will be encouraged by facilities, programs and services. Travel throughout Stonnington by bicycle will be easy and safe, supported by a comprehensive network of accessible and convenient paths, laneways and trails that are accompanied by facilities that provide for resting and storing / securing bicycles. It will be particularly easy to access local facilities and gathering places.
Stonnington Cycling Map
The City of Stonnington Active Travel Map provides information on cycling and shared paths. The cycling map details the bikes lanes and shared paths within Stonnington as well as highlighting shops, playgrounds, water fountains and public toilets.
View the map online or for a copy of the pocket sized Active Travel Map, please contact Council on 8290 1333.
The Stonnington Cycling Strategy 2013-2018 aims to enhance the physical and social environments in order to support more people to cycle, and people to cycle more often. The Strategy addresses all cycling facilities in Stonnington, including trails, shared paths, on road bike lanes and associated infrastructure (such as signage, resting places and parking facilities), as well as programs and services to promote and encourage participation.
Stonnington Cycling Strategy 2013-2018.pdf(PDF, 3MB)
Stonnington Cycling Strategy 2013-2018 Action Plan.pdf(PDF, 118KB)
For further information, contact our Transport Planner on 8290 1333.
The Stonnington Cycling Reference Group has been established to:
- Contribute to the implementation of the Stonnington Cycling Strategy (2013), as appropriate;
- Provide input into specific cycling initiatives, including programs and infrastructure planning and development;
- Provide information on general issues pertaining to the achievement of cycling objectives within the City of Stonnington; and
- Ensure that cycling initiatives and programs are developed that achieve a balanced outcome having regard to Council Plan priorities, other stakeholder and community interests, having regard to the current urban environment.
The Group is not a decision making body and has no formal authority or delegated powers.
Members may represent the interests of local cycling groups, business or the general community, and must have an interest and some experience in cycling, traffic management or planning.
Bicycle Victoria's Ride2Work program encourages Australians to start riding to work and promotes commuting by bike as a regular habit.
The Bike Law guide is a handy sized 44-page booklet that has been produced by the Victoria Law Foundation in an effort to improve the hazy understanding of the road rules that riders, drivers and pedestrians display on the roads every day.
The FREE publication is available in print and electronic versions.
Printed booklets are available from the Bicycle Network Melbourne office.
Tips for safe cycling
- Wear the right helmet
- Check that your brakes, lights and bell are working
- Be alert
- Be predictable
- Be visible: Lights are important to reducing the risks of riding at night. Bicycle Network’s Ride On magazine publishes a yearly review of current bike lights on the market; check out the Top 150 lights of 2015.
- Ride at a sensible speed: Be alert around parked cars and, if possible, stay out of the door zone.
- Use your bell: Sound your bell before passing or overtaking.
- Ride responsibly: Running red lights is a major source of anti-bike rider sentiment. If we are to win respect in the community and support for better conditions for bike riders, we must respect the red.
- Don’t listen to music or use mobile phones
- Don’t respond to road rage: It can be a frightening and intimidating experience to be harassed while riding your bike, but bike riders should not aggravate the situation in any way. Visit Bicycle Network for further information on what you can do.
Advice for riders
Be alert around parked cars and, if possible, stay out of the door zone. Look out for people on the driver side of the vehicle. If you see a head and shoulders, chances are the door may be about to open.
Advice for drivers
The onus sits on the driver or passenger in the car to make sure that the area around the car is clear before they open any doors.
Getting out – the bike aware way
- Check the mirror for bikes behind.
- Reach for the door handle with the left (inside) hand. This will twist your body slightly and make checking easier.
- Open the door a little and look back up the road for bikes and other vehicles.
- If clear get out of the vehicle and cross to the footpath at the rear of the car so you have a view of traffic approaching from behind.
- Don’t be distracted by using your mobile phone.
Getting in – the bike aware way
- Put you mobile phone away, step off the footpath at the front of the vehicle, and before approaching the door, look back up the street for approaching bikes.
- If there is a bike in view, stop right there. If the bike has to swerve to get around you then you have committed an offence.
- When the coast is clear, open the door and get in.
To support road safety for cyclists and achieve the goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads, the TAC has recently developed the ‘rider reminder’ – a sticker which is placed on the inside of your car door. Designed to feel like your old bike handle, it's a reminder to think of bike riders and open with care. Check out the TAC video to learn more.
Rider reminder stickers are available at Council Service Centre's or from selected traders along Chapel Street.