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