The Upfield Bike Path was closed on 6 February, and will remain closed for 18 months until at least mid 2021. Here are three unofficial detours that try to be direct, reduce unneccessary elevation change (hills), and also take into account some safety concerns. Some of the dangers on these routes could be ameliorated further … Continue reading Three alternate cycling routes while Upfield Bike Path closed for 18 months in Coburg
Moreland Leader covered the story of the 18 month closure of the Upfield bike path and the unsafe detours being proposed Local cyclists were not consulted on the proposed detour routes which are substantial deviations and involve extra elevation change. Both detours involve substantial minor intersections and are not suitable for path users with low … Continue reading Moreland Leader: cyclists slam detour routes
Local Coburg resident Alexei has also reviewed the proposed cycling detours for the 18 month closure of the Upfield bike Path, and finds them extremely deficient with many safety concerns echoing our initial assessment: adds substantially more distance and time to the north-south route, and LXRP underestimate this extra time. adds additional cycling effort through … Continue reading Review of LXRP proposed Upfield path cycle detour routes
This post provides an assessment of the proposed detours for the Upfield bike path. The conclusions are that both proposed detour routes: add substantially more distance and time to the north-south route, and LXRP underestimate this extra time. add additional cycling effort through change in elevation in comparison to the Upfield path. increase risk of … Continue reading Will you feel safe Cycling the LXRP detours for Upfield bike path?
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 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
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
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?
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
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