Here is a brief update on our activities so far this year.
Burwood Highway link
We are advocating to politicians and generally promoting the proposal for s cycling link along Burwood Highway. This 3.5 km connection will allow cyclists to ride from Knox city to the Melbourne CBD on a 32km path entirely on a dedicated safe facility.
Healesville Freeway Reserve
Elaine Hopper is attending the Parks Victoria meetings as a Community Reference Group member. In her submission, Elaine listed desirable features for the trail, and also raised the concept of a bridge across the Dell. A bridge would preserve the Dell from the construction of a trail on the ground that we believe will be more intrusive to the vegetation and animals of the Dell and awkward for cyclists. More details.
Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre
MeBUG in cooperation with Boroondara BUG and WATAG is advocating for improvements in cycling access through Box Hill, for both the east-west connection of the Box Hill to Ringwood trail and the Hawthorn to Box Hill proposed Strategic Cycling Corridor. There are serious planning issues affecting these routes, that need to be addressed. A comprehensive letter has been sent to the Victorian Premier, raising concerns and calling for action.
Melbourne Water Pipe reserve path
Melbourne Water has announced plans to renew two major water mains along the reserve, to be completed by mid 2023. This will mean that some or all of the concrete shared paths constructed by Whitehorse and Monash councils, will be dug up. Melbourne water has given assurances that the paths will be reinstated ‘like for like’ and additional landscaping and tree planting undertaken. Download Melbourne Water project brochure.
Maroondah and Monash Council areas
Committee members Shaun Ruigrok and David Simm are regularly advocating on matters involving Maroondah and Monash councils respectively. In Maroondah, focus has been on cycling paths along Greenwood Avenue Ringwood and the Brushy Creek trail. In Monash, our interests include the missing section of the Waverley Rail trail between Mount Waverley and Jordanville stations as well as improvements to the Scotchmans Creek Trail.
Finally, we are active on facebook. You can find us at Metro East Bicycle User Group Inc