Status: Planning for the Box Hill to East Camberwell section (December 2011)
The Hawthorn to Box Hill Cycle Trail is route that is planned as a shared use path (cycling and walking) that follows the railway line corridor from Hawthorn to Box Hill to Ringwood. It is part of the City of Boroondara 10-year Bicycle Strategy to improve the bicycle network and facilities for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
There are many reasons, the major one being that there is no safe and direct East-West off road cycling path through central Boroondara. Cyclists wishing to travel along the route between Box Hill and Richmond have to wend their way through side streets or risk riding on Canterbury Road, Burwood Road or Riversdale Road. The Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail will overcome these difficulties, and will also provide linkages and connections with a number of existing and planned paths, helping to build an integrated cycling network in Melbourne’s East. These include: The Anniversary Trail, Gardiners Creek Trail, The Yarra River Trail and the proposed Box Hill to Ringwood Rail Trail.
No. There has been a concept for an Eastern Rail Trail since at least 1995 and plans were drawn up at that time. However nothing has happened to date. The BHRBP is also identified as a priority route in Boroondara Council’s 10 Year Bicycle Strategy.
There is increased traffic congestion on the roads that cyclists use when travelling along the central east west corridor through the City of Boroondara. There is increased interest in cycling within the community and there is strong demand for a network of safe and convenient bike paths.
The Hawthorn to Box Hill Bike Path would:
- Provide transport linkages between the Camberwell and Glenferrie Road Central Activity Districts (CADs) and several smaller shopping centres.
- Help promote sustainable transport in a future likely to be impacted by rising fuel costs and the need to reduce carbon emissions.
- Reduce traffic congestion.
- Promote healthy lifestyles for people of all ages through recreational and commuter cycling.
- Provide a dedicated cycling route that will keep bicycles separate from cars
- Encourage many people to cycle who otherwise wouldn't and would greatly improve safety for those who already do
Yes. There are twenty schools and other education institutions either adjacent to the trail or within one km.
These include Camberwell High School, Strathcona, Camberwell Primary, Canterbury Primary, MLC, Chatham Primary, Auburn South Primary, Surrey Hills Primary, Mont Albert Primary, Box Hill Senior Secondary College, Our Holy Redeemer School, Canterbury Girls Secondary College, Swinburne Senior Secondary College, Swinburne University, Glenferrie Primary, Fintona, Rossbourne School, Hawthorn West Primary, Carey Baptist Grammar, Preshil, Camberwell Grammar, Scotch College, Camberwell Girls Grammar
The trail could be built in three stages at an estimated cost of $9.2M.
Stage 1 Box Hill – East Camberwell $2.6M
Stage 2 East Camberwell – Glenferrie $3.2M
Stage 3 Glenferrie – Yarra River $3.4M
- Add your name as a supporter, with a brief statement of how the trail would benefit you.
- Complete our survey of how you would like to use the trail
- Ring, write or email your local councillors.
- Ring, write or visit your local state members of parliament. Go to our website for contact details for our elected representatives.
- Tell your friends, neighbours, fellow students and work colleagues.