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Gardiners Creek Trail

Markham Reserve Lighting Upgrades Jan 2023

Boroondara Council has advised that the replacement lighting works will occur along the Eastern Section of Markham Reserve on the Gardiners Creek Trail.

The works are expected to commence on Monday 23rd January 2023 and will be completed within one week, weather permitting. Work will be completed within the hours of 7.00am to 4.00pm.

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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:

See also

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Bike Path

Walmer St Bridge closure

Do you use the Walmer Street Bridge in Kew to cross the Yarra River? Construction works to replace the northern land bridge section of the bridge are expected to begin from mid-August 2022 (depending on weather).

During construction, the Walmer Street Bridge will close in full for around 8 months. We encourage cyclists and pedestrians who regularly use the bridge to consider alternative routes or modes of transport during this time.

Visit the Walmer Street Bridge construction page for more information.

Here, you can plan ahead by viewing detour maps, learn about the project, and ‘Follow’ the page to receive email updates on construction.

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Bicycle strategy Bike Advocacy Bike Path Boroondara Shared user path

Do you qualify for a footpath riding exemption?

One of BBUG’s members recently obtained an exemption and this is what they learned…

The road rules say:

Rule 250(1A)(b) amended by S.R. No. 96/2019 rule 11(5).

(b) the rider of the bicycle is 13 years old or older and—

(i) has a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner; and

(ii) the certificate states that the rider has a disability or medical condition which makes it undesirable, impracticable or inexpedient for the rider to ride on the road; and

(iii) the rider is complying with the conditions (if any) stated on the certificate; and

(iv) if the disability or medical condition is of a temporary nature, the certificate contains an expiry date and has not expired; and

(v) the rider is carrying the certificate; and

(vi) the rider produces the certificate when requested to do so by a police officer or authorised person;

http://classic.austlii.edu.au/…/rsrr2017208/s250.html

Road Rule 250 1A(b) provides for a medical exemption for footpath riding issued by a registered medical practitioner on the basis of Disability or Medical Condition and worded as set out in the rules.

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Bicycle strategy Bike Advocacy Bike Path

Congratulations City of Yarra!

Congratulations to the City of Yarra for showing commitment to deliver safe walking and cycling infrastructure including a commitment to deliver more safe speed 30kmh zones.

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Bicycle strategy Bike Advocacy Bike Path Boroondara

A woman who rides to Hawthorn

Listen to Ruth Jelley as she describes her ride on her ebike from Northcote to Swinburne University, Hawthorn. She presented this slide deck to the Boroondara Council when they voted on the Boroondara Bike Strategy. Thanks for sharing Ruth!

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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.

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Bike Path Blackspot Boroondara Kooyong electorate Strategic Cycling Corridor

$5 million upgrade promised for shared paths in Kooyong

On 17 May 2022 in the last week of the election campaign, Josh Frydenberg’s office sent Boroondara BUG this media release (PDF)

He promised $5 million dollars for upgrading shared paths and connections in Kooyong and installing some new lighting to improve safety and visibility for users. Works included were:

  • $2 million for the Anniversary Trail to construct a new shared path ramp connecting the trail with Mont Albert Road
  • $2 million for reconstructing the dangerous Gardiners Creek underpass at Toorak Road (fix silting problems and improve lighting)
  • $1 million to improve lighting along the Anniversary/Outer Circle Trail, between the Eastern Freeway and High Street, Kew.

Boroondara BUG supports these improvements.

In particular, the Toorak Road underpass on the Gardiners Creek Trail is very dangerous when it gets silted up with mud after flooding. There is potential for loss of life here if a cyclist loses control in the mud and crashes.

Toorak Road underpass on Gardiners Creek trail silting

Boroondara BUG is following up with the Dr Monique Ryan MP, the new member for Kooyong, to determine if these funds are available.

Note that no funds were allocated to the Hawthorn to Box Hill trail. We ask whether some of the unspent $65 million for the failed and unnecessary railway station car parks in Kooyong can be used to build this critical cycling corridor.