The long dreamt-of Eastern Rail trail may be a step closer!
The state government announced on October 21st 2018 that if re-elected, it will remove a further 25 level crossings over and above the 50 already done or in planning. These further 25 include Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert and Union Road, Surrey Hills.
Removal of these crossings provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to implement a high quality shared user path (SUP) from Hawthorn to Box Hill, to connect with the almost complete Box Hill to Ringwood Shared User Path (BHRSUP). This would largely complete the concept of the Eastern Rail Trail going back to 1996. Read more…
In cooperation with Budget Direct Motor, we are pleased to present some interesting statistics on cycling, covering both cycling accidents on Victorian roads as well as surprising data on the number and distance of trips made by people in metro Melbourne.
These data show how important separated paths are for cycling safety, as well as showing how many trips are relatively short and could easily be done by bicycle.
Whitehorse Council’s draft budget for 2018/19 has minimal funding for Cycle facilities with fifth lowest investment in the last 12 budgets. There is no funding for any new separated shared paths. We have lodged a submission urging Council to allocate an extra $200,000 for shared paths.
We have been advised by Shaun Leane MP (Eastern Metro) that the government has allocated $4M in the 2018-19 state budget to build the connection between the Eastlink Trail and the Dandenong Creek Trail in Vermont South. It includes a separate bridge for the path across Dandenong Creek on the South side of Burwood Highway.
This is a result of lobbying by MeBUG and the collection of over 470 signatures on a petition. More details to follow pending further advice from the MP’s office.
We are pleased to see progress in constructing the Bayswater to Lilydale path, by VicRoads working with the councils of Maroondah and Yarra Ranges. This is part of a larger plan to have a continuous off road path stretching from Carrum to Warburton.
We have raised with VicRoads, the possibility of a more direct route for the final leg into Lilydale along the rail reserve. We have particularly requested that any work along this part of the rail reserve does not interfere with the later construction of a shared path as shown below.