We need a Minister for Cycling to plan and work with local councils to complete both cross-city routes (the hub) and safer, more convenient urban commuter routes (the spokes).
As an example, cyclists wishing to commute from many of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs currently have to negotiate very busy roads, back streets or detour to the Gardiners Creek or Eastern Freeway bike paths when they travel to and from the central business district.
A safer more direct cycle link, possibly following the Box Hill railway line for sections, would encourage many more people to commute and make local trips by bicycle rather than take their car. This would ease road congestion and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions too.
This approach could be adopted for all Melbourne's existing railway lines too, where easements are available for bike paths.
- Back on track, The Age, April 7, 2008
- Strategies and plans - East West Link Needs Assessment final report, Department of Infrastructure, Victorian Government
- Eastern Rail Trail proposal
- Eastern Rail Line Trail - Boroondara BUG