Bike paths in Melbourne

Bike paths in Melbourne

Bike paths in and around the city of Melbourne have developed since the campaigns of Bicycle Victoria in the mid 1970s. Since then, with increased recognition from all levels of government of the benefit of cycling activities, Melbourne today has a comprehensive set of shared bicycle trails along its river and creek systems, next to its freeways and along its train lines.[1][2][3]

The length of the trails in Melbourne, as of 2007, totals at least 670 km. It is possible to cycle from Werribee in the west to Research in the east (approx 62 km) and Craigieburn in the north and Seaford in the south (about 78 km) and points in between and only have to travel on the occasional piece of road. Often passing through relaxed park surrounds, cycling on many of Melbourne's bike paths can feel like a day out in the country despite remaining within metropolitan Melbourne. Melbourne's bike paths are often easily accessed from its train system.



In 2006 VicRoads installed bicycle counters on the trails, at seventeen locations throughout inner Melbourne[4]. These counters are providing hard data on the usage of Melbourne's trails. For example: the Anniversary Outer Circle Trail at Cotham Rd Kew, has about 20 cyclists per hour throughout the day, whereas the Yarra River Trail, north side of Morell Bridge, has a distinct peak hour rate of about 250/hr and 50/hr in non-peak periods.[5][6] This supports the casual observation that the former is used mainly for recreation and the latter for recreation and commuting.

Bike paths along freeways

A number of freeways have been constructed with dedicated separate bicycle paths built alongside, although the CityLink tollway system was built without including provision for cyclists along several sections including the Bolte Bridge. Cyclists are also excluded from riding the West Gate Freeway over the West Gate Bridge, although exceptions are made for some special bicycle events like Around the Bay in a Day organised by Bicycle Victoria.

Future expansion

In December 2008 the Victorian State Government released their Victorian Transport Plan which budgeted $100 million for cycling over 12 years.

Parks Victoria strategy includes expanding the trails [7]

Development of the network is hampered by the number of agencies that may be involved when a new path is proposed. Such agencies could include VicRoads, VicTrack, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and the local Councils. The network is clearly fragmented along Council boundaries. Some examples would include:

See also


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