An arterial cycling route along Burwood Highway from Deakin University to Knox City has been pursued by MeBUG advocates since 2013. This route would be achieved largely by using existing service lanes on Burwood Highway, with ‘cut throughs’ added so as to allow cyclists to avoid using the main traffic lanes.
In August 2019. MeBUG advocated that the planned path be extended westwards by 420 metres to connect with the service lane in Burwood Highway. The state government declined to provide further funding for the extension. We also requested Whitehorse Council to fund the extension, working with the state government to take advantage of design and tendering actions fro the main project. They too, declined.
Burwood Highway Petition
One important aspect is to provide the ‘missing link’, a section of off-road path along the South side of Burwood Highway Vermont South, connecting the Eastlink Trail with the Dandenong Creek Trail at Morack Road.
We are delighted to learn that our campaigning efforts and our petition have paid off. The government has announced $4M funding in the 2018-19 state budget to implement this link, including a separate bridge across Dandenong Creek.
See Press Release by Shaun Leane MP for more details.
For more details, see:
- Submission to state government Cycling Strategy Update, December 2015;
- Knox to Deakin route proposal.
We have gathered over 460 signatures on our petition as of 19th April. These were handed to Shaun Leane MP (Eastern Metro Region) on site in Vermont South on 19th April.