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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.

Parliamentary Friends of Cycling 2022 launch
Dr Helen Haines, the Member for Indi, is a Co-Chair of the Friends of Cycling.

Boroondara BUG is very pleased that Dr Monique Ryan, the Member for Kooyong is a member of this group.

Parliamentary Friends of Cycling 2022 launch
Osher Gunsberg with Dr Monique Ryan (Kooyong), Allegra Spender (Wentworth) and Dr Helen Haines (Indi).

Conversations focused on the benefits of e-bikes for more efficient transport systems better physical and mental health, contribution to a low carbon future, improved community liveability and environment, increased transport equity and regional economic development.

BBUG would like to see federal funds allocated to important projects in Kooyong such as the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail.

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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:

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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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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!