1 September 2018

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Summary of document

Constructing an eastern bike corridor, 2 new Yarra River crossings and completing missing walking and bike riding links play a key role in improving all forms of transport for Melbourne.

Our team has been working hard with riders, walkers and runners to plan for around 25km of new and improved paths and trails for riders and pedestrians (as well as their furry friends). We’ve put together a draft design for walking and bike riding for North East Link, including:

  • completing the long awaited eastern bike corridor - a new commuter bike riding route to the inner city along the Eastern Freeway between Chandler Highway and Merri Creek
  • 2 new crossings of the Yarra River (at Yarra Street, Heidelberg and next to the Eastern Freeway, Kew/Fairfield)
  • completing the missing link in the Greensborough bypass path between Grimshaw Street and Yallambie Road
  • new paths along Bulleen Road to improve access to schools and sporting facilities
  • improved bike riding connections to access places where people work, shop and spend time in the northeast.

These new connections link to existing walking and bike riding paths improving access to the Watsonia and Heidelberg town centres, as well as the community facilities along Bulleen Road.

The eastern bike corridor would provide a more direct route between the inner city and the eastern suburbs, and avoid steep and narrow sections of the existing Main Yarra Trail.

North East Link will also significantly expand the Strategic Cycling Corridor network in the north-east, with new routes to Greensborough, Watsonia, Heidelberg and La Trobe University, connecting people to local shops, attractions like Heide Gallery, and jobs.

These improvements also deliver on the long-term strategic plan for cyclists in our city – this will accelerate the rollout of the Strategic Cycling Corridor, which was a recommendation as part of Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 year plan.

We have held workshops on walking and bike riding in person and online, which gave us some great insight from locals as well as keen bike riders and walkers from across Melbourne. We continue to work with walkers and riders in the community to help to shape the look and feel of North East Link’s walking and cycling links.