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Anniversary Trail Boroondara Strategic Cycling Corridor

Connecting the Anniversary Trail with Mont Albert Road

Boroondara Council wants to find out if there is community support for a ramp to connect the Anniversary Trail with Mont Albert Road in Canterbury.

View looking north towards the proposed ramp from the Anniversary Trail

At the moment, there aren’t many places where you can access the Anniversary Trail between Whitehorse Road and Rubens Grove.

The proposed new ramp that could reduce the distance between access points from one kilometre to 300 metres along this stretch of the trail.

A ramp at this location would also:

  • provide a connection between important east-west and north-south bicycle and pedestrian routes
  • improve access, safety and security
  • provide opportunities for local students to walk or ride to school
  • deliver better access for emergency services when required
  • meet disability standards.

You can provide feedback to Council on this here: Connecting the Anniversary Trail with Mont Albert Road

Make your submission before Friday 16 December 2022

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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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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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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 Boroondara 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.