Initiative 2

Create a high-quality off-road shared path network by upgrading existing paths in line with current standards and providing new links.

Initiative 2 is in line with our guiding principles of:

  • Connected and complete bicycle network
  • Safe bicycle riding experience.

Most bicycle riders feel safer and prefer using off-road paths. However, we know that pedestrian safety is a concern on shared paths, especially on many existing routes where the path can become very narrow. 

Informal shared paths

Informal shared paths are typically unsealed gravel paths and vary in width from 1 metre to 4 metres or more. They are not formally signposted or linemarked.

For informal off-road paths, we need to look at:

  • maintenance and renewal of unsealed gravel surface where required
  • composite edging to stop the path from washing out during heavy rain events
  • rebuilding paths so they are 3 metres wide (wherever possible).
Informal shared bike path

Formal shared paths

Formal shared paths have linemarking or signage, and usually have sealed surfaces such as concrete or asphalt. 

We need to look into ways to separate formal shared paths for pedestrians and bicycle riders on high-volume routes. This includes the Gardiners Creek Trail, Main Yarra Trail, Koonung Trail and Anniversary / Outer Circle Trail. 

We are also considering:

  • widening shared paths to a minimum width of 3 metres (where path separation is not possible or identified as a longer-term objective)
  • lighting, where appropriate
  • surface treatments
  • drainage improvements
  • kerb ramps
  • installing more facilities, such as water fountains and seating. 
A formal path with kerbing to separate pedestrians and bike riders

Actions to support Initiative 2

  • Provide new off-road path links to expand the network and improve local access to safe bicycle routes.
  • Upgrade the existing formal and informal off-road path network with suitable treatments to improve safety, address maintenance issues and encourage walking and bicycle riding.
  • Install supporting infrastructure to improve path accessibility and monitor usage patterns.
  • Promote a safe shared environment for everyone who uses the paths and gradually deliver safety upgrades to maintain high-quality facilities.
  • Provide safer road crossings where vehicles must give way to pedestrians and cyclists.