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.
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!
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.
We submitted a list of 22 projects to Whitehorse Council for consideration in their budget plans for 2018-19. While we would have liked some more positive responses, the overall response is encouraging.
I am 80 and enjoy riding the new shared use trail being built in the beautiful Mullum Mullum Valley between Warrandyte Templestowe Road, Deep Creek and Ringwood.
The last section of path is being built right now, across Heads Road, behind Whitefriars College. When this section is complete we will have continuous off-road paths from Carrum via Eastlink, or Belgrave via the Ringwood line, or Croydon North via the Upper Mullum Mullum Creek, to Ringwood, then down Mullum Mullum Creek to Eltham and Diamond Creek, or to Templestowe and Melbourne. Ringwood has become the crossroads of off-road paths for the eastern suburbs.
I am writing to thank NELA for their planning of Options C and B. They will not wipe out the new Mullum Mullum Path as they will follow the HV power-line easement north of Beaseleys Nursery to an interchange with Reynolds Road near the junction of Tindals and Harris Gully Roads. I hope that those who read my blog can also enjoy riding on the paths around Melbourne, many of which are built in conjunction with projects like this.