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

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

Cycling Infrastructure funding and the Federal election

Bicycle Network have put together a Federal Election cycling commitment tracker. There has been no specific pledges for funding the extension of the Upfield bike path to Upfield and eventually to Wallan, even though it passes through and affects the cycling journeys of citizens in the Federal electorates of Wills, Calwell and McEwen, all with … Continue reading Cycling Infrastructure funding and the Federal election

A Cycle journey to the #Upfieldline Rally and back via Sydney Road

Extend the Upfield Bike Path to Upfield endorsed this campaign by the Upfield Transport Alliance. Over 100 people attended this first rally at Upfield. We need good public transport so people can choose and use low emissions transport options, whether the train or cycling. This rail line needs to be duplicated between Gowrie and Upfield … Continue reading A Cycle journey to the #Upfieldline Rally and back via Sydney Road

Compare the need: $1.5m to Extend Upfield Bikepath, but Monash Freeway Upgrade funded $711 million

The Andrews Labor Government in Victoria on 18th March announced $711 million upgrade to the Monash Freeway in Melbourne’s south east suburbs. In Melbourne’s northern suburbs we are crying out for a meagre $1.5 million funding (2010 cost estimate by Hume Council, see PDF) to build an extension of the Upfield Bike Path to Upfield … Continue reading Compare the need: $1.5m to Extend Upfield Bikepath, but Monash Freeway Upgrade funded $711 million