Extension of path to Western Ring Road stymied by Metro Trains, VicTrack

A Council Officer report to Moreland Council meeting for Wednesday 13 November, 2019 outlines ongoing and major issues negotiating use of Victrack land, especially with Metro Trains. The Council officer report that was published as part of the Moreland Council agenda can be read here: 2019-11-13-MCC-MetroTrains-Craigieburn-Upfield-paths. This affects development of both the Craigirburn path and … Continue reading Extension of path to Western Ring Road stymied by Metro Trains, VicTrack

The Good, the bad and the plain Ugly: Assessing Coburg level crossing removal and the Upfield Bike Path

The Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) released design plans for the Bell to Moreland level crossing removal project on the weekend, including the Upfield Bike Path, a very busy arterial cycling route through Moreland that follows the railway line. The released plans include lots of glossy images, artist impressions, with greenery, some even with bikes … Continue reading The Good, the bad and the plain Ugly: Assessing Coburg level crossing removal and the Upfield Bike Path

Community vision: stations straddling roads for increased pedestrian access with elevated cycle veloway

The Community plan for Level Crossing Removal for Bell Street to Moreland Road includes both dedicated ground level walking and cycling paths and an elevated cycleway, or veloway, as part of the station design. Part of the vision by the Upfield Corridor Coalition is for the elevated stations to stradle the major roads to increase … Continue reading Community vision: stations straddling roads for increased pedestrian access with elevated cycle veloway

What would it take to build the Northern Region Trail Strategy?

According to the Northern Region Bicycle Trail Network strategy (2016)(1) (Interactive Map) it would cost $162 million to develop and construct 480 kilometres of new bike paths in the northern region of Melbourne. For a 3 metre path the estimate is a benefit-cost ratio of 0.9 for 1 year and 9.9 for the 30 year … Continue reading What would it take to build the Northern Region Trail Strategy?

Submission: Cycling infrastructure for Coburg level Crossing Removal Open space Feedback

It makes so much sense to include an elevated veloway as part of Coburg level crossing removal. This submission contains more arguments for improving pedestrian and cyclist safety as part of level crossing removal, as well as improving open space amenity, parking and issues with new station design.  Arguments are backed up with statistical data … Continue reading Submission: Cycling infrastructure for Coburg level Crossing Removal Open space Feedback

Pretty pictures with little substance unveiled at Coburg Station level crossing removal

The Premier Daniel Andrews visited Coburg Station this morning, along with Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan, and local Labor MP, Lizzie Blandthorn (Pascoe Vale). It was a quick whistlestop visit to announce some artist impression images of the new Moreland and Coburg Stations. The launch comes just two weeks after a Level Crossing Removal Project … Continue reading Pretty pictures with little substance unveiled at Coburg Station level crossing removal

Funding for Cycling reduces in Transport Infrastructure VicBudget

The numbers have been crunched. The money allocated for cycling in the 2019 Victorian budget are even worse as a proportion of total transport infrastructure spend, than the 2018 budget. In 2019 the transport infrastructure investment total (not including Victrack investment) was $46.9 billion. Of this amount the proportion allocated was: Roads 68.9 per cent; … Continue reading Funding for Cycling reduces in Transport Infrastructure VicBudget