Bike It 2018

MeBUG volunteers participated in the Whitehorse Council and Maroondah/Manningham  Council Bike It events held on 21st and 27th November 2018.

Here are expressions of appreciation from both councils…

22 November 2018

Hi David and Elaine,

We just wanted to say a massive Thank You to the both of you for representing MeBug at Bike it! last week and for all your amazing volunteer work. Your contribution to making the day a success was so much appreciated. You both did such a fine job at the trail ride activity. The feedback we have received from the schools has been terrific, with all of them commenting on how fantastic the volunteers at Bike it! were with the students and their encouragement and support of the kids during the cycling activities.

These events are not possible without the generous help of people like yourselves. Thank you so much David and Elaine, it was a pleasure once again being in your company at Bike it! We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

We hope that Bike it! will continue to inspire and encourage more young children in our community to cycle more often for fun, fitness, health and for an active travel alternative around Whitehorse and Boroondara City Council’s. Bike it! is also an excellent opportunity for the students to see the volunteer groups in our community and how they can get involved in the community in the future and the value in all of the community working together.

Kind regards

Justine Girgin & Chris Hui (Whitehorse City Council)

Nellie Montague (Boroondara City Council)

28 November 2018

Dear Michael Hasset,

On Tuesday 27 November, Maroondah City Council in partnership with Manningham City Council and Road Safe Eastern Metro, held Bike It! 2019. Bike It! was attended by 125 students from five primary schools.

  • Templestowe Heights
  • St Clements of Rome
  • Milgate
  • Mullum
  • Great Ryrie

It was incredible to witness the fantastic bicycle skills demonstrated by students. All team did well and competed in the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship. A team from Milgate Primary School are our Bike It! 2019 Champions. With teams from Mullum Primary School coming second and third.

Bike It! could not happen without the support of these organisations and club.:

  • Bicycle Network – activity marshalling and judging.
  • Croydon Lions – BBQ catering for the event. Serving 240 sausages to the ravenous students.
  • Croydon Cycleworks – bicycle checks and bike safe activation.
  • Cycles Galleria – bicycle checks and prize support to the value of $1000.
  • Metro East Bicycle User Group (MeBUG)- activity marshalling and judging.
  • Norwood Secondary College – all students performed their allocated roles exceptionally well. They were positive, encouraging to the participants and fair.
  • Victorian Police –activity marshalling and judging.

We thank you and your members for being part of the successful event. Please forward our thanks on to Scoot Green, David Simm and Marion Hick.

The verbal feedback from Councillors, teachers, students and parents was overwhelmingly positive. The teachers noted that the event was well organised, engaging and complimented their Bike Ed programs. The teachers all recommended prioritising this event in their school calendars for 2019. The students said the event was fun, the ice poles were awesome and some of the activities were difficult.

I look forward to working with you on Bike It! 2019.

Kind Regards,

Michael Blowfield
Transport and Sustainability Planner


Maroondah Bike It November 2018


Healesville Freeway Reserve – a step closer

The HFR corridor has been saved, the first tranche of 20 parcels was transferred to Crown last year and the second tranche of 9 parcels totaling 13.3 hectares has now transferred to Crown.

This brings the total land saved as open space for the community by transfer to crown to 34.9 hectares.  More details in media release from Shaun Leane MP. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region.

We now await the next stage, being the development of a  detailed plan for the Reserve, including the shared path running the entire length of the reserve.

Eastern Rail Trail, city to Box Hill

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

Interesting cycling statistics

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.

See this great Infographic for more details.

Burwood Highway ‘Missing Link’ to go ahead!

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

Bayswater to Lilydale path

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.


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VicRoads plan, showing our proposed future cycling route


Dogs off leash on BHRSP

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!

North East link

MeBUG has been invited to join a Community Technical Discussion Group  on walking and cycling as part of the planning for the North east link motorway. We will be keen to protect existing cycling paths along the Koonung trail and to promote new paths to the north. The first meeting of the group will be on May 10th.