Proposed by the Boroondara Bicycle Users Group
A direct arterial path built from Chandler Highway where the Darebin, Yarra, and Anniversary Trails converge to Alexandra Parade.
East West Link (Eastern Section) Project
Assessment Committee Report 30 May 2014
Page 118 of 389 (Volume 1) second last page.
The completed Project should incorporate safe, efficient cycling and pedestrian facilities.
Clearly, apart from pedestrian escape routes, these facilities will be excluded from the tunnels. Pedestrian access in the area of the Hoddle Street and Eastern Freeway interchange is essential, and the final design should enhance safe and efficient pedestrian access opportunities.
The LMA should ensure that the final design for the Project incorporates a north east bicycle corridor along the Eastern Freeway and an extension along Alexandra Parade.
In the opinion of the Committee, the final design work should confirm that the opportunity for a Doncaster Rail service is maintained.
Premier Denis Napthine and Transport Minister Terry Mulder jointly announced on Sunday 5 October 2014 that the North East Bicycle link would be constructed as part of the East West Link project.
The announced route follows the Eastern Freeway from Chandler Highway along a terrace above the road cutting, crosses the Boulevard then descends to a new bike-pedestrian bridge across the Yarra and continues on to another new bridge across the Merri Creek and Trenerry Crescent. The route then connects to the proposed bike lane along the Hoddle Street Soundwave overpass.
This route offers very significant improvements for cyclists of all ages.
While the new bicycle and pedestrian link is fully funded, the final design is subject to planning approvals and a consultation process.
BBUG will continue to consult with the Linking Melbourne Authority on route details such as utilising the "spare freeway lane" near the Chandler Highway and avoiding the very high climb over Hoddle Street.
East of Chandler Hwy, Kew (Melway 45C2)
Chandler Hwy to Yarra River
Yarra River Freeway Bridge
Yarra River to Yarra Bend Road
Yarra Bend Road to Merri Creek Bridge
Merri Creek Bridge
Merri Creek to Clifton Hill Railway Underpass
Clifton Hill Railway via Hoddle Street Interchange to Alexandra Avenue Median
What is the NEBC?
The North East Bicycle Corridor is a direct shared path from Chandler Highway (Kew) to Alexandra Parade (Collingwood).
Will pedestrians be able to use the NEBC?
Yes. The NEBC will be a shared path.
Is this proposal dependent on the East West Link?
No. The NEBC closes a "missing link" and should be built regardless of the East West Link.
Will the NEBC really cost $30m?
BBUG has prepared concept stage estimate of 30m which includes contingency. This cost estimate would be refined further during detailed design.
Is it too late to build the NEBC?
No. The Assessment Panel has referred the NEBC proposal to the LMA
Has this type of path been built before?
Yes. Similar bicycle infrastructure that has been built during freeway projects include the Koonung Trail, Citylink (Gardiners Ck gantry), Penninsula Link, Eastlink, Craigieburn extension.
Will the NEBC impact Doncaster Rail and stop it being built?
No. The NEBC proposal uses land to the north of the Freeway and has no impact on proposed Doncaster Rail alignments and tunnels.
Will the NEBC route affect parkland?
The NEBC route follows existing tracks and shared trails through recreational areas.
Will the NEBC provide access to parkland?
Yes. The NEBC will give convenient access to parkland, recreational and sporting facilities.
Will the NEBC be used mainly for commuters?
During workday morning and afternoons there will be many people will use the NEBC to go to work. At other times the NEBC will be used by families, walkers and recreational riders.
How does the NEBC connect with Priority Bicycle Routes (PBRs)?
The NEBC will replace the narrow and hilly PBR that is currently located in Yarra Bend Park
How can I support the NEBC and make it happen?
Contact your local Victorian state MP and sign this petition
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