Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Melbourne eastern cycle route

The Boroondara Sustainability Network and the Boroondara Bicycle User Group are both keen to see a safe east-west cycle route provided through central Boroondara.  

A safe east-west cycling link through Boroondara is desired by many residents in Boroondara.  We believe that using sections of the existing railway easement is a good option that has support from Boroondara and Whitehorse Councils, but as yet has no support from the Victorian State Government.  
This option deserves serious consideration, as there would be a significant impact on traffic flow if any of the adjacent arterial roads (Barkers, Riversdale, Burwood) were modified to have Copenhagen-style lanes.
The bike path could be used for local trips between shopping centres, by school children during the week, by families on weekends and by commuters during weekdays.  
Some more information on route options:
We are also concerned about planning and integration for cycle routes across Melbourne within the State Government and between Council boundaries [link]
The draft Principle Bicycle Network - circulated to Councils for comment in May 2010 - but not yet for public consultation - shows a route marked along Burwood Road Hawthorn.  This a major concern as this road is currently not safe for cycling.
We are forming a community working group with representatives along the entire length of the potential route from Hawthorn to Mitcham and Lilydale.

 News articles

Photo credit: Josie Hayden, Progress Leader

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