Box Hill to Ringwood shared use path

Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel along a dedicated shared path from Box Hill to Ringwood once this active transport initiative is complete.

Community drop-in session – Laburnum section

Community feedback has played a big part in the development and design for the new pedestrian and cycling path through Laburnum.

Come along to one of our upcoming information sessions, where you can meet the team and ask questions about the plans. 

Monday 21 October

Time: 4-7:30pm 

Location: Blackburn North Community Centre, 104 Springfield Road, Blackburn 

Wednesday 30 October

Session 1 time: 2-4pm

Session 2 time: 6-8pm

Location: The Avenue Uniting Church, Cnr Blackburn Road & The Avenue, Blackburn

Project update - October 2019

We completed the Box Hill and Nunawading sections of the path in August 2019 and they are now open for use. There is one small section of path behind Box Hill High School that we’ll make further improvements to in January 2020.  

We will be presenting the plans for the Laburnum section of the path at two community information sessions on Monday 21 October and Wednesday 30 October (details above).

You can see the selected alignment in the map below.

Map showing the Laburnum section of the Box Hill to Ringwood shared path

View a larger version of the map

So far, the new shared path has significantly improved safety for cyclists and pedestrians. It has provided a vital link for communities to access local amenities and other off-road cycling paths such as the East Link Trail.

Providing safe pedestrian and cycling facilities is essential in encouraging more people to choose active modes of transport as an alternative to driving.

Active modes of transport play a major role in promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for Victorians, while also relieving congestion on Melbourne’s road network. You can find out more about sections of the path we’ve completed below.

 

What we've achieved so far 

Blackburn Section

The Blackburn section of the path follows the south side of the railway line from Blackburn Station to Nunawading Station. This was completed in mid-2017, as part of the Blackburn Level Crossing Removal project.     

Mitcham Section

The Mitcham section of the path from Walkers Road, Nunawading to Mitcham Road, was opened in July 2014 as part of the Mitcham and Rooks Road Level Crossing Removal project.
Box Hill to Ringwood bike path aerial map - Walkers Road to Mitcham Station [PDF 18.5 Mb] 

Heatherdale Section

The Heatherdale section of the path follows the railway line from Mitcham Road to the Heatherdale Station car park on Molan Street, and onto the EastLink trail. It was completed in mid-2017, as part of the Heatherdale Level Crossing Removal project.

Ringwood Section

The Ringwood section of the path included new traffic lights at the intersection of Albert Street and New Street, new pedestrian operated signals across Molan Street and a link to the already existing walking and cycling path towards Ringwood. It was completed in September 2018.

Box Hill Section

The path between Linsley Street and Sagoe Lane in Box Hill was opened in 2015. Works to complete the remaining section of the path from Sagoe Lane to Middleborough Road in Box Hill are expected to start in May 2019 and be finished by June 2019.

Nunawading Station


Works on the Nunawading section of the path are expected to start in April 2019 with upgrades to the existing footpath on Walkers Road alongside the railway tracks, to create a shared path. There will also be new pedestrian operated signals installed on Springvale Road connecting each side of the station. This section will be completed by mid-2019.

Works in Design Phase:

Laburnum Station


We are currently working with key stakeholders regarding the selected Laburnum section of the path, from Middleborough Road to Blackburn Station. We have consulted with key stakeholders and community groups to identify and address local issues when considering the preferred alignment of this section of the new shared path. We will be holding a community drop-in session on the 9th of October to present our selected design for this section. .

Why are we doing this?

Cyclists and pedestrians are our most vulnerable road users. If a cyclist or pedestrian is involved in a crash with a vehicle, they’re at a higher risk of being severely injured or killed due to a lack of physical protection. 

Switching to active modes of transport is a healthier way of getting around, and it’s better for the environment, but sometimes it isn’t available or safe. 
By encouraging people to leave their cars at home and adopt a healthier lifestyle, we can reduce our impact on the environment and ease traffic congestion.

Project details

The 10km shared path links the vibrant Box Hill precinct to Ringwood’s centre, providing both pedestrians and cyclists a direct and safe connection to public transport, community services and recreational facilities.

Key features of these works include:

  • off-road walking and cycling paths
  • new traffic and pedestrian operated signals
  • links to Melbourne’s existing bike network, including the EastLink trail and Gardiners Creek trail
  • a vital link for the local community to amenities and activity hubs.  

Project benefits

Key benefits include:

  • a safer journey for cyclists by separating bikes from cars where possible
  • improved links to local community and businesses
  • a low-cost, sustainable travel option for commuters
  • improved access to public transport
  • an opportunity to choose active transport for travel to schools and other services along the path 
  • more recreational opportunities for cyclists and walkers
  • encouraging a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle.

Why are we doing this?

Cyclists and pedestrians are our most vulnerable road users. If a cyclist or pedestrian is involved in a crash with a vehicle, they’re at a higher risk of being severely injured or killed due to a lack of physical protection. 

Switching to active modes of transport is a healthier way of getting around, and it’s better for the environment, but sometimes it isn’t available or safe. 

By encouraging people to leave their cars at home and adopt a healthier lifestyle, we can reduce our impact on the environment and ease traffic congestion.

Path map

View larger version of Box Hill to Ringwood bike path map [JPEG 142 Kb]

 Image fo the Box Hill to Ringwood shared path December 2016

Contact us

For further information please contact the project team:

Email: [email protected]

Project Timeline
Milestone Title Milestone Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
)
Mitcham Section
 Completed July 2014 Completed
Box Hill Section Stage 1 Completed May 2015 Completed
Blackburn Section
Completed May 2017 Completed
Heatherdale Section Completed May 2017 Completed
Ringwood Section Completed Sept 2018 Completed
Box Hill Section Stage 2
August 2019 Completed
Nunawading Section
August 2019 Completed
Laburnum Section In design Upcoming

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