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Bike Advocacy Boroondara Kooyong electorate

Updated Boroondara Travelsmart map

Planning on doing some rides over the Christmas break? Know someone who might just be getting a shiny new bike for Christmas? 

The City of Boroondara has just updated their Travelsmart map in time for the holidays. The map highlights shared paths, bike lanes and quiet back street routes.

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Bike Advocacy Boroondara

New parklet dining guidelines in Boroondara

Boroondara BUG was pleased to have input to City of Boroondara new Parklet dining Guidelines for cafe owners wishing to provide bike parking within their dining area.

Where on street car parking is being removed for dining, it makes sense to offset car parking with bike parking and encourage the use of space-efficient sustainable transport.

Does your local cafe or restaurant provide bike parking?

For more informations see Parklet Guidelines

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Bike Advocacy Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail Kooyong electorate

Parliamentary Friends of Cycling – 47th Parliament

The Federal Parliamentary Friends of Cycling, with We Ride Australia, was launched on Wednesday, 23rd November, with an e-bike test and ride event on the lawns of Parliament House Canberra.

Parliamentary Friends of Cycling 2022 launch
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Patrick Gorman, launched the Friends of Cycling for the 47th Parliament.

The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, the Hon. Patrick Gorman, launched the group with the group’s Co-Chairs the Member for Swan, Zaneta Mascarenhas MP (Labor), the Member for Fisher the Hon. Andrew Wallace MP (Coalition) and the independent Member for Indi, Dr Helen Haines MP.

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Blackspot Boroondara Gardiners Creek Trail Hawthorn electorate Shared user path Strategic Cycling Corridor

BLACKSPOT: Toorak Road underpass on Gardiners Creek Trail

Regular flooding events deposit a thick layer of slippery silt and mud on the Gardiners Creek Trail path where it goes under Toorak Road.

This is extremely dangerous for bike riders and pedestrians. Serious crashes have occurred here due to the slippery mud on the path and poor visibility on the approaches.

Gardiners Creek Trail is one the busiest Strategic Cycling Corridors in Victoria.

Boroondara Council clears and cleans the path but this often occurs after the path is obstructed for several days.

Thousands have also been spent continuing to clear the “sand bar” alongside the path.

Boroondara BUG requests that a floodwall be constructed next the path to stop this happening.

Flood walls are in use along several paths elsewhere including Moonee Ponds Creek, the Patterson River in Mordialloc and Skeleton Creek.

So far Melbourne Water has refused to to do this. There continues to be risk of serious injury of death here until an effective permanent solution is constructed.

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Anniversary Trail Ashwood electorate Boroondara Hawthorn electorate Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail Strategic Cycling Corridor

The Age covers cycling issues in Boroondara

Clay Lucas from The Age met with Peter Campbell from BBUG to discuss opportunities to improve cycling in the seat of Hawthorn and visit some locations on bikes.

Peter Campbell from the Boroondara Bicycle Users Group, at the railway bridge overpass on Toorak Road, Camberwell. CREDIT:CHRIS HOPKINS

You can read his coverage and watch a video here.

We visited three locations:

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Anniversary Trail Ashwood electorate Hawthorn electorate Shared user path Strategic Cycling Corridor

Anniversary Trail consultation: connectivity at Toorak Road

The Department of Transport (DoT) has just opened online consultation on preferred design option to improve the Anniversary Trail at Toorak Road.

Boroondara BUG supports Boroondara Council’s recommendation arising from previous community consultation for a bridge to be constructed for the shared path over Toorak Road. This is Option 4 in the DoT survey.

You can submit your feedback here.

Feedback closes 28 Oct 2022.

DoT Option 4 – Bridge for the Anniversary Trail shared path over Toorak Road
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Anniversary Trail Ashwood electorate Bike Advocacy Boroondara Hawthorn electorate Kew electorate

BBUG asks for 2022 Victorian State Election

BBUG is asking all candidates in the 2022 Victorian state election to commit to the following opportunities for improving cycling and increasing the number of bike trips for people of all ages.

Kew

  1. North East Bicycle Corridor / North East Link (including the Roseneath St Bridge)
  2. New shared path bridge at Chandler Highway for Anniversary Trail
  3. Walmer Street Bridge
  4. Popup bike lanes
  5. Active Travel to Schools

Hawthorn

  1. Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail
  2. Walmer Street Bridge
  3. Popup bike lanes
  4. Toorak Road Bridge on Anniversary Trail
  5. Gardiners Creek Trail Toorak Road underpass flooding
  6. Active Travel to Schools

Ashwood

  1. Toorak Road Bridge on Anniversary Trail
  2. Active Travel to Schools

State-wide issues

BBUG requests that:

  • 15% of the total Victorian transport budget be allocated to active transport, including the design and construction of safe cycling infrastructure to provide amenity for the use of bicycles across Victoria for healthy and low carbon emissions transport.
  • The State Government provide a minimum of $5 million funding for cycling infrastructure per electorate.

There are lots of potential projects that could be funded – either implemented by major projects, Council or the new Active Transport Team within Department of Transport.

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Bicycle strategy Bike Advocacy Boroondara Submission

Boroondara Council approves 2022-2032 Bike Strategy

The Boroondara Services Delegated Committee met on 11 July 2022 to discuss and vote on the 2022-2032 Bike Strategy.

You can view consideration of the draft Bike Strategy in the video below.

Boroondara Special Service meeting 11 July 2022 – Bike Strategy starts at 22:09

There were several presentations from members of the public. The BBUG presentation to the meeting begins at 1:01:40.

In summary, BBUG opposed the Council Officer’s recommendation to remove the Glass Creek / Jacka Trail from the strategy because it prevents the construction of a safe cycling route for students to get to schools including Balwyn North Primary, Greythorn Primary, Balwyn High & Kew High.

It is unfortunate that misinformation has been spread about this route being “unsafe” and a “busy commuter route” when it would provide students the opportunity to ride safely to school and for people to access several local recreation reserves by bike. The trail would also suit pedestrians of all ages and dog walkers.

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Bike Advocacy Boroondara

BBUG response to Council Officer’s report on Bicycle Strategy – it’s gone backwards

The Boroondara Services Delegated Committee is meeting on 11 July 2022 to consider the Council Officer’s Report on the Boroondara Bicycle Strategy.

Boroondara Bicycle Users Group (BBUG) is concerned that suggested amendments to the draft strategy and implementation plan (p24) will prevent the construction of a safe cycling route for students to get to schools including Balwyn North Primary, Greythorn Primary, Balwyn High & Kew High.

This route was included in the previous drafts of the bike strategy and implementation plan.

It is unfortunate that misinformation has been spread about this route being “unsafe” and a “busy commuter route” when it will provide students the opportunity to ride safely to school and for people to access several local recreation reserves by bike. The trail would also suit pedestrians of all ages and dog walkers.

We are surprised that several of the key findings of the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report (p33) are negative towards cycling when there are many examples of shared paths such as the Anniversary Trail, Koonung Trail, Main Yarra Trail and Darebin Creek Trail providing good amenity to both bike riders and walkers.

Riding a bike is healthy, emissions free and convenient for both local and longer trips.

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Bike Path Boroondara Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail Strategic Cycling Corridor

Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail update – work in progress

Boroondara Council officers have engaged engineering consultants to assess feasibility and develop functional plans for two sections of the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail corridor.

1. Elgin Street to Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn (including an underpass at Power Street).

2. Burke Road to Stanhope Grove, Camberwell.

The focus of the work is looking at how off-road path alignment could be provided through these sections, with separate facilities for cyclists and pedestrians where possible.

Site inspections have been carried out and feature surveys have been undertaken for these corridors to inform the design process.

The first draft functional plans are expected by mid-June 2022, after which the plans will be reviewed and workshopped with key stakeholders including the Department of Transport, VicTrack and Metro Trains.

Consultation with BBUG and the community would also occur and Council would formally consider the proposals.