The St Georges Road path, the fifth busiest bike route in Australia, is set for further enhancements – and a brand new name.
Sitting atop the massive pipe that supplies the Melbourne CBD with water, the path’s identity—equally fluid—will in the future be known as the Northern Pipe Trail.
The City of Darebin is embarking on a new masterplan for the route in the wake of the recent renewal of a major section of the path by Melbourne Water.
The improvements have highlighted the opportunities to further upgrade the trail, including the junction at Merri Parade, a number of risky road crossings, railway intersections, and potential for extension to the north.
The 7km stretch from Merri Parade to Reservoir Station will be the focus of the initial masterplan.
In the coming years Darebin City will undertake a future masterplan to guide upgrades to the northern section from Reservoir Station along Cheddar Road to Mahoney’s Road.
The council describes the project as a “re-thinking” of the St Georges Road Path.
It will consider issues such as:
- Creating safer access for all users to, from and along the trail
- New areas for additional landscaping and community space
- Reducing conflict points along the trail
- Better facilities and infrastructure along the trail (i.e. lighting, drinking taps, rubbish bins)
To kick start this project, Darebin wants to hear from trail users.
How do you use the trail? Do you catch the Tram? Ride to school or work? Drive next to it? Or do you walk or jog along it? Where could the trail be safer? Where should we plant more trees and create new seating areas along the trail?
Let the council know what areas along the trail you like and what needs to be improved?
You can also speak directly to officers at the below coffee and ice-cream drop-in sessions.
- Thursday 15 February, 3.30pm – 6:00pm, on the trail at the Arthurton Road/Separation Street intersection
- Saturday 17 February, 10:00am – 12:00pm, at the Preston Market
- Saturday 17 February, 10:00am – 4 12:00pm, at G.E Robinson Park
- Thursday 22 February, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at Darebin Arts Centre (corner St Georges Road and Bell Street, Preston)