[YarraBUG-list] YarraBUG Newsletter: May 2016

YarraBUG Admin admin at yarrabug.org
Mon May 16 23:52:49 AEST 2016

Hi all,

Here's a roundup of local bicycle-related news, including our recent 3CR 
podcasts, last days for Rushall Reserve community consultation, this 
weeks Yarra Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting, Bikes on Buses trial, 
Walmer Bridge concerns and survey for potential new Merri Creek bridge.

And there's rather exciting news (well, for many of us with long 
memories) about Gipps Street Steps at this weeks Bicycle Advisory 
Committee Meeting, read on ;)

Trail works are planned for St Georges Road and the Main Yarra Trail, 
see below & our public calendar:


*1. Listen to our latest YarraBUG Radio 3CR podcasts*

Blink and you'll miss it: 

Let’s share Rushall Reserve: 

Tribute to Alan Parker OAM: 

Girls on Track - Melburn Hurt: 


*2. Rushall Reserve community consultation - closes 20 May 2016

Public feedback for the planned Rushall Reserve trail closes this Friday 
20th May, click here to fill in the survey:


Zoe and Maude made the news last week, with Zoe interviewed on our 3CR 
program last week (see above)**and also in this Melbourne Leader article:

*Mothers want Yarra Council to build $600,000 shared path through 
Rushall Reserve in Fitzroy North*

/A group of mothers want a path built through a Fitzroy North park to 
make it more accessible for pram-pushing parents.//The “Share Rushall 
Reserve — Build The Path” group has been set up to campaign Yarra 
Council to follow through with a draft plan to construct a $600,000 
shared path through Rushall Reserve./

Read more at: 


*3. Yarra Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting - Wednesday 18 May 2016
*6.30-8pm, Mayor Room, Fitzroy Town Hall - come around to lifts at the 
back of the town hall from Moor Street & push the buzzer

Presentations: 1. VicParks presentation on Gipps Street Ramp Project 
(removal of the existing steps) 2. Jackie’s presentation about Velo-City 

*Agenda/other business
*1. Local Laws Review. Council is conducting a review of its local laws 
between Monday 9 May-Friday 10 June 2016. For more information see the 
Yarra website. http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/hot-topics/councilbeginsllr/
2. Chandler Highway Duplication Proposal. Council is actively pushing 
VicRoads for improved bicycle connections to MYT and Anniversary Trail
3. There has been no formal announcement about Active Transport 
Victoria’s funding for this coming year from the State Government.
4. State Government Budget announcement for Hoddle Street Continuous 
Flow Intersections at Swan, Johnston and Eastern Freeway
5. Bikespot funding has closed and Council will be receiving an update 
in the coming month.
6. 2016/17 DRAFT Bicycle Budget*

Contact Alistair McDonald e: alistair.mcdonald at yarracity.vic.gov.au for 
more information
Previous BAC minutes: 

*4. Walmer Bridge - when are the ramps!?!*
Two Salta developments planned for 627 Victoria Street and 647-649 
Victoria Street, Abbotsford appear as if they will greatly impact upon 
the Walmer Street area, including the existing bridge and connecting 
ramps to the Main Yarra Trail.

For additional background, read Defend The Yarra River Bank for Walmer 
Plaza plans, which involve raising Walmer St by two metres, to 
accommodate the two car tunnels, installing steps up to upper plaza and 
removing the bike/disabled ramp: https://defendtheyarrariver.wordpress.com/

Please read, sign and share this petition by Defend the Yarra River: 
Stop the Destruction of the Yarra River Bank:


Also please directly contact Planning Minister and Member for Richmond, 
Hon Richard Wynne: p: 8683 0964, e: richard.wynne at parliament.vic.gov.au


Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water The Hon. Lisa Neville 
MP:p: 9637 9654, e: lisa.neville at parliament.vic.gov.au

*5. Bus Your Bike Trial*
 From PTV: Victoria is conducting its first trial of bike racks on 
buses, servicing four metropolitan and regional bus routes. The one year 
trial will see bike racks fitted to the front of 15 buses operating on 
Bendigo Route 16, Routes 510 and 512 in Moreland, and the Cowes to 
Wonthaggi service.

The bike racks, each capable of carrying two bikes, will enable 
passengers to ride to their local bus stop and then catch public 
transport to continue their journey. The trial is also aimed at 
alleviating congestion on local roads and providing an environmentally 
friendly transport option for Victorians. Riders using the bike racks 
simply secure their bike using the spring-loaded clamps, before boarding 
the bus and paying the standard fare. At the end of the trial a full 
assessment of the impact on service including patronage, performance and 
customer satisfaction will be carried out.*

Fill in the survey: https://getinvolved.ptv.vic.gov.au/Bus-Your-Bike-Trial*


*6. Would you use a new Merri Creek footbridge?
*From The Merri Creek Bridge Group: If a new bridge was built over the 
Merri Creek near CERES, would you use it?
Fill out this 5 minute survey and have your say: 

Right now a feasibility study funded by Darebin and Moreland Councils is 
under way to see if a new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians is viable, 
spanning the Merri Creek from Beavers Road Northcote to near CERES on 
the East Brunswick side. The study is in response to a petition signed 
by 1400 locals calling for a bridge - a BIG thanks to those of you who 
have helped this campaign so far. Survey results will be collated by the 
Merri Creek Bridge Group to show the level of demand for a new bridge, 
wanted as a safer alternative to the busy road crossings at Arthurton 
Road and Normanby Avenue. Fill the survey out *before 18 May* and share 
the link with your friends, family and neighbours to help strengthen the 
campaign for a safer creek crossing. Even if you'd only use a bridge 
once a month, we'd like to know. There's a map included with the survey 
to help you consider where you might be travelling to or from. For more 
information contact The Merri Creek Bridge Group on Facebook or you can 
merricreekbridge at gmail.com

Merri Creek Bridge Group on facebook: 

7. St Georges Road / Arthurton Road path works: 18 May to 3 June 2016*
 From Darebin Council: Council contractors will be completing safety 
works immediately south of Arthurton Road from Wednesday 18 May to 3 
June 2016. There will be disruption to the path and bike riders will be 
required to dismount and walk for the length of the works (roughly 60m). 
These safety works were recommended in the St Georges Road Shared Path 
Safety Audit. Currently the path curves sharply and steeply (yellow area 
in attachment), these works will realign the path to provide a wider, 
gentler grade for the tram track crossing, and will separate out 
pedestrian and bicycles.  If you have any questions about these works 
please contact Che Sutherland, Team Leader Transport Strategy, PH: 8470 
8665, email: che.sutherland at darebin.vic.gov.au

Map: http://www.yarrabug.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/image002.png


*8. Main Yarra Trail Cycling Detour:  2 May until October 2016*
 From City of Stonnington: Construction is now underway for the Yarra 
River Biodiversity Trail Stages 4 & 5 along the edge of the Yarra River, 
between Chapel Street and Williams Road, South Yarra. These works will 
require closure of the Yarra River Trail between Chapel Street and 
Williams Road, pedestrian and cyclist detours will be in place for the 
duration of the works. Closure of the trail in this section is scheduled 
to commence Monday 2nd May until the end of October 2016. A cyclist 
detour to the northern side of the Yarra River will be in operation for 
the duration of the works, detour at Grange Road Bridge and Anderson 
Street Bridge.

*Listen to Yarra Bicycle Users Group Radio <http://www.yarrabug.org/radio/>*
*Every Monday morning 10am on 3CR 855AM Community Radio 
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