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.
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.
The new section of path linking the Eastlink Trail and Dandenong Creek Trail along the south side of Burwood Highway, was officially opened on 14 November. Present were MPs Shaun Leane, Jackson Taylor, Whitehorse councillors Tina Liu and Raylene Carr, MeBUG members, David Blom, David Simm, Shaun Ruigrok, Elaine Hopper and Scott Green.
It has been a long time coming, but campaigning by MeBUG and other cycling groups has brought this project to completion. The ‘missing link’ in Vermont South connecting the Eastlink trail with the Dandenong Creek trail, is now open. This $4M project by the state government involves 800m of shared path plus a 45 m bridge across Dandenong Creek.
The proposed pedestrian / cycle bridge across the rail line in Box Hill, which would link Nelson Road with Thurston Street Box Hill, is at risk from development plans by Vicinity Centres Pty Ltd for three major building proposals in Box Hill Central. MeBUG has objected to this project as below.
“Metro East Bicycle User Group Inc (MeBUG) objects to the above applications on the grounds that they will render impossible, the construction of a pedestrian/cycle bridge across the rail line identified as a key walking and cycling thoroughfare in the Box Hill Integrated Transport Strategy 2020.
This bridge would link Nelson Road via the laneway adjoining the West boundary of the subject site, with Hopetoun Parade and Thurston Street and forms part of cycling route NS2. It will be a key linkage to the Ringwood – Box Hill path and the planned Box Hill – Hawthorn path.
The level difference between the Nelson Road Lane and Hopetoun Parade will require access ramps at the Northern end. The construction of these ramps will not be possible if the buildings as planned are built.
The applicant should be required to modify their plans to accommodate such ramps, so that the bridge can eventually be built.”
The development of concept plans and potentially more detailed plans to advocate for high quality cycling facilities (and/or future proofing of works to allow for these facilities) is very much on the agenda to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the level crossing removals.
We have currently commissioned concept designs for Bedford Road. We envisage work for Ringwood East and Croydon will commence shortly pending further imminent discussions.
We plan to consult the MeBUG once more detailed plans have been developed.
If you have any queries, please contact me.
Marvin Chen Team Leader Traffic and Transportation Engineering
MeBUG member Shaun Ruigrok has made s comprehensive submission to Maroondah Council seeking numerous upgrades to the Mullum Creek Trail. The submission highlights many defects and shortcomings of the existing path and suggests numerous improvements.
VicRoads has announced that work on the path along Burwood Highway Vermont South linking the Eastlink Trail with the Dandenong Creek Trail, is about to commence.
“Work to construct the new path is now set to commence and follows a range of feedback over the past 12 months, including input from the local community at the community information session in 2019. Stakeholder feedback is highly valued and has helped shape the project.
The Victorian Government has invested $5.7 million to provide:
· A safer link for pedestrians and cyclists to walk and ride between the EastLink Trail and the Dandenong Creek Trail.
· An 800m all-weather off-road path, that includes a 45m bridge over the Dandenong Creek.
· A direct link from the existing shared use path towards Westfield Knox.
The new path will provide a safer and more convenient alternative to the existing narrow timber boardwalk on the northern side of Burwood Highway which becomes slippery when wet and is often closed for the community’s safety.
Work on the new shared use path will commence this week and the path is expected to open to cyclists and pedestrians in late 2021. To keep everyone safe we will need to close the left-hand lane along Burwood Highway city-bound during work hours – 9.30am to 3.30pm (weekdays) and 8.30am to 5pm weekends.”
Maroondah City Council has obtained TAC Local Government Grant funding to prepare a concept design for a Shared Use Path linking Ringwood and Croydon. O’Brien Traffic has been engaged by Maroondah City Council to prepare the concept design. Read more