6 June 2012 – The City of Melbourne will embark on a $5 million Bicycle Plan to improve amenities for cyclists.

The funding, to create new east-west bike lanes on La Trobe Street, safer lanes on Princes Bridge and new lanes on Elizabeth and Exhibition streets, is outlined in the draft Bicycle Plan, which is open to submissions until 2 July.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said there were almost 50 large and small-scale projects in the plan.

“We have come a long way from the painted bike lane lane and as the number of cyclists in our city continues to grow it’s time to expand the network by creating innovative, safe lanes that connect one side of the city to the other,” Mr Doyle said.

Eco City councillor Cathy Oke said that 11 per cent of all vehicles travelling into the city in the morning peak were bicycles. “We want to see an increase to at least 15 per cent by 2016,” Ms Oke said.

Connected City councillor Kevin Louey said the plan included end-of-trip facilities such as bicycle parking, and encourage employers to provide showers and access to lockers in order to makes the experience that much easier for riders.