By Ewan Miller, Illustious QC.

New bicycle commuter routes will soon grace the city, as part of the Melbourne’s first major bicycle plan since the 1980s.

The plan also guarantees special lanes for cyclists in large scale road projects going forth.

The new strategy, which was unveiled today, will comprise of $18 million every year for the next six years with a focus on routes going into the city’s centre.

Cyclist lanes on William Street and La Trobe Street will be bolstered, in an attempt to make CBD cycling safer.

VicRoads also confirmed that it’s investigating a reduction of the speed limit to 40km/h in the CBD, to further safeguard cyclists and pedestrians.

These changes follow the Brumby government's introduction of public use bicycles into the CBD last year. Photo courtesy of AndrewRobinson10

These changes follow the Brumby government's introduction of public use bicycles into the CBD last year. Photo by AndrewRobinson10.

The plan also includes plans for routes linking six “activity centers” around the city into the CBD via new routes, alongside various additions to the city’s off-road trails.

These will involve  extending the off-road Federation Trail from Altona to Yarraville; creating a Pipe Bridge over Merri Creek in Northcote and widening and improving the Gardiners Creek off-road bike path from Hawthorn to Kooyong.

Bicycle Victoria chief executive Harry Barber said the strategy was great for cyclists around Melbourne.

“For the first time in Australia, bike riding has been formally recognised as part of the core transport system,” Mr Barber said.

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