You might know of Victoria’s Big Build for our road and rail infrastructure projects. But you might not know that we’re also busy building new facilities for cycling and walking.
Victorians have told us that they want more opportunities for active transport. So when we’re working on road and rail projects, we also plan for new bike paths and walking routes.
Read on to find out what’s been built near you.
More than 50km of walking and cycling paths have been built or upgraded in Werribee, Tarneit, Truganina, Hoppers Crossing, Laverton North and Williams Landing as part of the Western Roads Upgrade.
The Federation Trail from Werribee to Yarraville now features 3 new bridges at Palmers Road, Leakes Road and Dohertys Road. These bridges take cyclists safely over the busy traffic below, saving up to 10 minutes on travel times.
Between Main Road and Furlong Road in St Albans, there’s 2km of walking and cycling paths that were made possible when the level crossing was removed.
Coming up: As part of the West Gate Tunnel Project, we’ll build the missing link in the Federation Trail, with a new off-road bike path through Yarraville. The Federation Trail will then link up to a new veloway – a 4m-wide cycling highway – from Footscray to Docklands. The veloway will cut out 6 intersections, getting you into the city faster and safer.
If you head along the Upfield bike path in Coburg, your trip was upgraded in 2021 when 4 level crossings were traded in for an elevated train line. Walkers and cyclists are now separated for most of the journey between Moreland Road and Bell Street. As you ride through, keep an eye out for the innovative ‘woody meadow’ native gardens, which are designed to thrive without being watered.
Up in the north east of the city, there are new on and off-road bike routes along:
- Plenty Road in Mill Park, Mernda and South Morang (8.6km)
- O’Herns Road in Epping (4.4km)
- Yan Yean Road in Plenty (3.4km)
- M80 Ring Road in Thomastown (4km).
When the rail line was extended out to Mernda, new walking and cycling paths linked up South Morang with all the new stations on the line, finishing up at Mernda.
Coming up: In Preston, there’ll soon be 2km of new walking and cycling path under the elevated train line between Oakover and Murray Roads, after 4 level crossings were removed along the Mernda Line.
When we upgraded the Chandler Highway, we also carried out some important work on local bike paths. As a result, cyclists no longer need to carry their bikes up a flight of stairs between the main Yarra Trail and Yarra Boulevard.
Coming up: With North East Link will come 34km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths – good news for commuters and weekend warriors alike. There’ll be:
- an off-road path linking Greensborough to Rosanna
- a new 4km bike superhighway stretching across the Yarra from Kew East to the Merri Creek Trail in Clifton Hill
- better connections to trails and destinations across the eastern and north-eastern suburbs.
Late 2022 will see the opening of the Bulleen Park & Ride facility – a premium bus station that includes a bike storage cage. Ride, park, then take the bus down the freeway to the city.
Melbourne’s south east
Weaving its way through the new linear park created when 9 level crossings were removed between Caulfield and Dandenong, the Djerring Trail creates a continuous 17km bike route. Fittingly, ‘Djerring’ is a Bunurong word meaning ‘join’ or ‘unite’.
Other recently built bike routes include:
- between Cheltenham and Mentone stations (3.5km), made possible by the removal of 3 level crossings
- Hallam Road in Hampton Park (2km)
- Thompsons Road in Cranbourne West and Lyndhurst (14km).
Coming up: A further 40km of walking and cycling paths will be built between 2022 and 2023 as part of a suite of suburban road upgrades. Also coming up are these new paths:
- Mordialloc Freeway in Dingley Village, Braeside, Waterways and Aspendale Gardens (9km).
- between Edithvale and Frankston stations (11km), after 5 level crossings became history.
St Kilda Road is Victoria’s busiest transport corridor but it’s also one of the most dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Around 3500 cyclists ride along St Kilda Road daily, which is why we’re building new separated kerbside bike lanes stretching all the way from St Kilda to Southbank .
In Echuca, cyclists and pedestrians can now safely cross the Murray River, with almost 5km of walking and cycling paths added as part of the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project.