Locals are dusting off their bikes, lacing up their runners and getting the dog lead out, as Minister for Roads Terry Mulder announced the official opening of the Peninsula Link Trail today.
Mr Mulder was joined by keen cyclists today to ride on the new 25 kilometre trail, which is the biggest addition to Melbourne’s shared-use path network since the EastLink Trail.
“Pedestrians and cyclists are now able to walk, run or ride on a new three metre wide path all the way from Moorooduc to Patterson Lakes, and then onto the CBD through various other trails,” Mr Mulder said.
Mr Mulder said that safety for walkers and cyclists and direct connections were major considerations in the design of the Peninsula Link Trail.
“The Peninsula Link Trail was designed and constructed to improve connections for the community, as it links with many open spaces, other trails, parks and reserves,” Mr Mulder said.
“It has also been built to a very high standard with minimal impact of the environment.”
The majority of the trail was opened along with the 27 kilometre Peninsula Link freeway in January this year, with the final elements being completed over the last few months.
“It’s great to see so many people are already using the Peninsula Link Trail, being active and visiting some fantastic attractions along the Mornington Peninsula through to Langwarrin, Frankston, Seaford and Patterson Lakes,” Mr Mulder said.
Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards welcomed the trail’s completion.
“This project has created wonderful opportunities for local communities to get more physical activity by riding their bike,” Mr Richards said.
“The Peninsula Link Bike Trail is health infrastructure just as much as it is recreational infrastructure. People are increasingly aware of the health benefits of cycling and they are desperate for safe places to ride.”
The final sections completed this year included two pedestrian bridges, boardwalks and traffic signals near the Moorooduc Tourist Railway, and finally the unsealed path through the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve.
Mr Mulder said the latest sections had been built through some challenging terrain, particularly at the southern end near the Moorooduc Tourist Railway.
“We have recently switched on new traffic signals at the southern end of the Peninsula Link Trail, so that people can safely connect from the park and use the new trail,” Mr Mulder said.
“We also included boardwalks and structures through here as this area can get quite boggy through winter.”
The new path also includes distinctive logos painted on the ground to help cyclists and pedestrians find their way. The logo was chosen by a public vote earlier in the year, and is designed to capture the spirit and purpose of the Peninsula Link Trail.
Mr Mulder thanked the various organisations who contributed to the path, including Linking Melbourne Authority, Southern Way, Abigroup and local councils.
“Whether you’re going for a leisurely picnic, visiting one of the reserves or taking the healthy route to work, the new trail is bound to please,” Mr Mulder said.
“I encourage people to check out what their local area has to offer, including the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Ballam Park Homestead, Sages Cottage in Baxter and the Mornington Tourist Railway train.”
To view a map of the path please visit www.linkingmelbourne.vic.gov.au/PeninsulaLinkTrail