Cyclists and pedestrians will get new, safer paths and trails across the state with a massive investment in active transport.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $22.7 million to connect missing links in Victoria’s walking and cycling network and improve safety for some of our most vulnerable road users.
The Upfield Bike Path will get a $3.5 million upgrade to fix the existing path, remove bottle necks, and improve crossings and lighting.
The current path will also be extended, providing an off-road alternative to Sydney Road all the way from the Western Ring Road to Princes Park.
There’ll also be a new on-road cycling path for Cumberland Road in Pascoe Vale, linking Glenroy and Coburg.
The Victorian Budget invests $4 million towards a new 12-kilometre shared use path between Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge.
The path will complete the ‘missing link’ in cycling network connecting Hurstbridge to the CBD and give cyclists direct access to train stations at Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge.
The popular Eastlink Shared Path will also be joined up to the Pipe Track Shared Path in Knox as part of a $4 million upgrade.
Other paths set for major works include a Carrum Downs link to Carrum-Warburton Trail, and the Bellarine Rail Trail.
The Budget also includes significant pedestrian safety upgrades to Burgundy Street in Heidelberg, Raleigh Road in Essendon and Moore Street in Coburg.
More than $1 million will be spent on upgrades across regional Victoria including projects in Ararat and Riddles Creek.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“We said that we’d invest $100 million over four years to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
“Our safer cycling and pedestrian fund has given thousands of Victorians safer, less stressful routes to get to where they need to go.”
“Cyclists have told us that competing with traffic, parked cars, pedestrians and trams on Sydney Road can be dangerous and stressful – so we’re investing in the Upfield Bike Path to give people a real alternative.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020