Network across north to create jobs, bring investment and boost recreation
The wheels are in motion to complete a comprehensive trail network across Melbourne’s north that is expected to create more than 800 jobs and inject $250 million into the local economy.
A seven-council recreational bike path blueprint was unveiled last week under the Northern Regional Trails Strategy aims to link existing tourist attractions – including Montsalvat, La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and the Heidelberg School Artists Trail – as well as reduce traffic congestion and boost community health.
Four off-road bike paths in Banyule have been flagged as “priority trails”, including the Banyule Shared Trail and Main Yarra Trail realignment.
Bicycle Network chief executive Craig Richards welcomed the proposal.
“Improving accessibility and connections between councils will go a long way in encouraging more people to get on their bikes for fun, fitness or simply to get around,” Mr Richards said.
The 780km network will span Banyule, Nillumbik, Yarra, Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin and Moreland.