We have just completed a comprehensive proposal for a shared path linking Ringwood to Croydon.
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.
MeBUG has made a submission to the Review of the Whitehorse Planning Scheme, proposing that property developers should make a contribution to Bike path funding in the municipality.
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.
Refer Press Release from Shaun Leane for more details
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.
Over 460 signatures were obtained in less than a month, supporting the construction of the ‘missing link’ on Burwood Highway. These were handed to local MP Shaun Leane on 19 April.
The new Box Hill to Ringwood path is proving very popular with both cyclists and walkers since it opened almost a year ago. However, one issue of concern has emerged – people allowing dogs to wander off lead on the path. We think this is a safety issue as the high quality path means cyclists are likely to be riding fairly fast. Unrestrained dogs pose a safety risk.
We have asked VicRoads and Whitehorse Council to erect signage requiring dogs to be on lead at all times. Stay tuned!