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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 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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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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Bike Path Shared user path

Glass Creek Trail (Jacka Trail)

Briefing note, 14 March 2022

The Glass Creek / Jacka Trail is a proposed shared path that starts near Jacka St in North Balwyn and connects with Stradbroke Park on the west side of Burke Rd in Kew. It follows the path of Glass Creek named after Hugh Glass – a 19th century pastoralist.

The Jacka Trail will be about 2.8 km long and provide linkages and access to:

  • Four local recreational centres (green circles)
  • Four schools (blue circles): Balwyn North Primary, Greythorn Primary, Balwyn High & Kew High

The trail will be used by local pedestrians and bike riders of all ages to access open spaces, enjoy local parks and recreational reserves and for students to ride or walk to local schools safely. A firm gravel surface will be appropriate for the trail.

The trail will not be used by commuter cyclists as it doesn’t provide direct connections to common destinations.

Boroondara Council has declared a climate emergency. Pedestrian and bike trips are sustainable transport options that will reduce traffic congestion, particularly near schools.