A Moreland Council assessment report and bike count data shows that more cyclists prefer to cycle down Sydney Road or on the back street route immediately west of the Upfield railway line than the two LXRP official bike detour routes. An officer recommendation to Council for next Wednesday's Council meeting on 11 March 2020 will … Continue reading Council report: safety improvements urgently needed on unofficial Upfield cycle detour routes
At the Moreland Council Meeting on 12 February Council voted to take note of the closure of the Upfield Bike Path for 18 months, that the official detour routes fail to provide safe and fit-fir-purpose detour routes, especially for vulnerable users. As well as highlighting the issues to the LXRP and other levels of government … Continue reading Moreland Council to urgently investigate safety improvements on unofficial Upfield cycles routes
Infrastructure Australia has published its 2020 list of high priority and priority projects for Australia. New to the list is the RACV proposed improvement of cycling highways to the Melbourne CBD, which Infrastructure Australia has highlighted for development in the next five years. For the northern suburbs this includes a dedicated route from Bell street, … Continue reading Separated Cycling from Coburg to CBD on Infrastructure Australia priority list
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
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?
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