On 14 November 2015, Bike West launched its Getting the West on Track report.
Through consultation, research and field work, the Bike West initiative identified the following priority routes to fix:
- Federation Trail to Bay Trail: connecting the Federation Trail at Westgate Freeway to the Bay Trail and to key destinations in Spotswood and Newport.
- The Punt crossing: creating a safe crossing of Douglas Parade to the Punt in Spotswood.
- Hall Street railway line route: promoting a safe north-south route between Spotswood and Newport.
- Kororoit Creek Trail: completing the final off-road link from the Federation Trail to the Bay Trail in Altona.
- Millers Road, Altona: creating safer paths under the Westgate Freeway intersection to the Federation Trail.
- Federation Trail: completing the final off-road link to the Hyde Street path in Yarraville.
- Dynon Road to Hopkins Street, Footscray: connecting Dynon Road bike path to Hopkins Street bike lanes and upgrade Barkly Street/Geelong Road intersection, Footscray, creating a second major city-bound commuting thoroughfare to take the pressure off the busy Footscray Road path.
- Pilgrim Street-Geelong Road: linking Pilgrim Street, Seddon to the West Footscray Railway Station and Sunshine Path.
- Napier Street, Footscray: linking the heavily used Footscray Road bike path to the Footscray shopping precinct.
- Footscray to Highpoint: opening up a North-South link between Footscray and Highpoint shopping precincts.
- Craigieburn Railway Line route: creating a continuous safe route towards the CBD between Buckley Street, Essendon and Racecourse Road, Flemington.
- East West links: creating safe east-west routes through Essendon, Moonee ponds, Ascot Vale and Travancore that connect the Maribyrnong River Path to Moonee Ponds Creek Path, and connect to bike lanes in Maribyrnong and Moreland municipalities.
- Mount Alexander Road detour route to Moonee Ponds Creek path: providing a safe alternative to the Mount Alexander Road route south of Moonee Ponds Junction.
- Mount Alexander Road separated lanes: connecting Essendon Junction to Moonee Ponds Junction with safe, separated bike lanes.
- Moonee Ponds Creek path lighting and directional signage: improving safety and promoting patronage on this pivotal off-road path by installing night lighting and directional signage to road exits.
If you'd like to learn more, you can download a full copy of the report here:
Completing these important cycling routes is a fundamental step towards creating connected, liveable neighbourhoods. They would enable safe, convenient access to employment, services and shopping precincts.
They would also encourage more people to take up cycling, benefiting their health and our environment, as well as reducing congestion on our roads and overcrowding on public transport.