Time to step up the campaign to extend the Upfield Bike Path

The Upfield shared use bike path is a major arterial path used by cyclists and pedestrians alongside the Upfield rail line.

It extends from the Capital City Trail in Royal Park, through Brunswick, Coburg, Merlynston and Fawkner.

It currently stops at Box Forest Road in Fawkner, leaving a gap in the network joining the Western Ring Road Trail and ability to provide safe access through Campbellfield..

The Upfield Transport Corridor north is also a Strategic cycling corridor, but their is no path. Works for this path extension have been listed in Municipality of Hume’s Cycling and Pedestrian Strategy 2010-2016 with construction to be done by Vic Roads at an estimated cost of $1.5 million.

The suburbs in Hume Municipality tend to have a high car dependency, partly through limited public transport, but in addition the lack of cycling infrastructure to give residents more transport options. This is particularly the case in Campbellfield, Dallas and Coolaroo.

An imperative in why this path needs to be built particularly across the M80 and through Campbellfield is the unsafe nature of Sydney Road/Hume Highway at Campbellfield. This is a 6-8 lanes of high volumne traffic in a 70km/hour speed zone. Vic Roads has not sort to provide any safe north-south cycling alternative through Campbellfield.

In this Vic Roads has been negligent in their planning function under Section 87 of the Transport Integration Act 2010. In not addressing the needs of cyclists and more sustainable transport options they have also failed section 86 of the Transport Integration Act 2010.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority and Vic Roads have also been negligent in their duty to include new cycling infrastructure under the Victorian Transport Department Policy: Victorian Bicycle Strategy 2018-2018 under section 1.7 as part of the Camp Road Level Crossing Removal Project.

The Upfield path needs to be built to Upfield. We have waited too long.

Background articles:

Funding urged for Upfield Bikepath extension to Western Ring Road Posted on May 5, 2013

Level Crossing Removal at Camp Road Campbellfield should incorporate Upfield path extension Posted on September 27, 2016

Consultation on Camp Road Level Crossing Removal (implications for Upfield bike path) Posted on January 25, 2017

Hume Council wants Upfield Bikepath Extension as part of Camp Road level crossing removal Posted on August 18, 2017

VicRoads have no plans to extend Upfield Bike Path to Barry Road Posted on September 25, 2017

Stuffing up Upfield Path extension with Camp Road level crossing Removal Posted on February 26, 2018

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