Box Hill to Ringwood bike path

Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel along the rail corridor from Box Hill to Ringwood once this active transport initiative is complete.

Project update - October 2020

Works are now complete on the new pedestrian crossing on Laburnum Street, making it safer to cross to and from the park. 

Improvements and new features 

Following further consultation with local and community stakeholders we’ve added some new improvements to this upgrade project. 

Laburnum Park

  • We’re making the path through Laburnum Park safer and easier for cyclists by removing a sharp bend around the existing playground.   
  • Whitehorse City Council will relocate the existing playground in the park, allowing the path to follow a more natural route, that will be much better for cyclists. 
  • The new play space will be installed by Council by June 2021
  • For further information about the new play space, get in touch via email at [email protected] 

Main Street

  • We will be installing a zebra crossing across South Parade, following some concerns about water running off the proposed raised safety platform and impacting nearby shops.
  • To make Main Street safer, we do need to remove some hazards to cyclists and walkers, such as two planter boxes in front of Café Cachet and a minor street tree at South Parade.
  • Work on these improvements will start late October, following the easing of Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions.  

Main Street’s new dedicated two-way bike path

We’re making some improvements along Main Street in Blackburn to make things easier for cyclists and pedestrians to access Blackburn Station. 

A new two-way dedicated bike path will be built along Main Street, next to the existing footpath.  

The path will start at Laburnum Street and continue to South Parade, where new zebra crossings at South Parade and Main Street are being installed. 

We’ll also be installing a raised safety platform across Laburnum Street approaching Main Street to improve the safety of cyclists. 

The new bike path will be constructed by realigning the road, so outdoor seating at your local Main Street café will be maintained. 

Starting late October, we’ll be working along Main Street,  Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm. 

When we need to work at night or on weekends, we’ll notify the community in advance so they’re aware of the disruption. 

We’re working with local businesses so we can deliver the works with the least possible impact to their daily operation. 

Parking will be temporarily unavailable along Main Street during works and reinstated as soon as the new path is constructed.

Works on the final section of the path through Laburnum Park will commence in November.  From early 2021, you will be able to walk or ride from Box Hill to Ringwood.

Read our latest Community Update [PDF 291 Kb].

Read more about the community consultation and feedback that helped shape and inform to new path, read Laburnum Community Feedback Report here or download a pdf version: Laburnum Community Engagement Report [PDF 379Kb]

The final alignment is shown in the map below.

Box Hill to Ringwood shared use path

View a larger version of the map 

Laburnum Section

The Laburnum section is the final section of the 10km Box Hill to Ringwood path and will provide a vital connection to local communities, schools and businesses. 

The path will travel from Middleborough Road along the existing asphalt path towards Laburnum station before travelling through Laburnum Park on a new concrete path that will connect to Laburnum Street. 

From there, cyclists will travel on-road along Laburnum Street to Main Street, where there will be a new dedicated off-road two-way bike path, that will run adjacent to the existing footpath and a new zebra crossing on South Parade. This link will provide safe access to Blackburn Railway Station. 

The improvements we’re making include:

  • Widening the existing path on the eastern side of the Middleborough Road bridge
  • Building a shared path through Laburnum Park
  • Installing pedestrian signals on Laburnum Street near the rail overpass
  • Reducing the speed limit on Laburnum Street to 40km/h
  • Improving line marking and signage on Laburnum Street
  • Installing a raised platform crossing at the Laburnum and Main Street intersection
  • Building a new off-road two-way bike path along Main Street
  • Installing a zebra crossing across Main Street and South Parade
  • Changing line marking at the Main Street and South Parade intersection to give priority right of way to Main Street

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 the project 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. 

Box Hill to Ringwood Path map

The Box Hill to Ringwood shared path has significantly improved safety and provided a vital link to local amenities and cycling paths such as the East Link Trail.

Providing safe pedestrian and cycling facilities is essential in encouraging more people to walk and ride, and ultimately, leave the car at home.  

 Image fo the Box Hill to Ringwood shared path December 2016

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

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
Completed August 2019 Completed
Nunawading Section
Completed August 2019 Completed
Laburnum Section Started June 2020 Current

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