Get ready to leave the car at home and walk, run, or ride along some of the City of Whittlesea’s finest trails, which are set to be linked as part of Council’s program to construct and connect new walking and cycling paths.
The paths will include seating, landscaping, safe road crossings, water points and bike repair stations at key locations.
The new paved trails will include the Edgars Creek Trail, the Yan Yean Pipe Track and Hendersons Creek Trail.
Design is also underway for a walking and cycling path on High Street, between Keon Parade and Thomastown Station, that will form part of the future rail trail between Reservoir Station and Whittlesea township.
The Edgars Creek Trail is a high-priority cycling trail that, once complete, will run between the M80 Ring Road Trail in Thomastown and the Craigieburn Road shared path in Wollert. Council received $180,000 in Victorian Government funding to construct the 400-metre link between Main Street and Thomas Street to ensure that the network is continuous and safe for cyclists.
The City of Whittlesea also received $1 million for the construction of the Hendersons Creek Trail, between McDonalds Road and Findon Road.
Excitingly, Council will extend the Hendersons Creek Trail in South Morang to cross through the Mill Park Lakes wetland and connect with the Greenbrook Pipe Track, creating an off-road cycling link between South Morang and Epping.
An additional $1 million has been received to construct a section of the Yan Yean Pipe Track in Mill Park, between the Darebin Creek Trail near McKimmies Road and Childs Road.
Administrator Peita Duncan said Council is bringing its vision of a place for all to life by creating pathways between key activity centres, including shops, schools, parks, sports facilities and community spaces.
“We’re creating well-designed neighbourhoods with easy access to vibrant town centres,” Ms Duncan said.
“These strategic links will connect cyclists and pedestrians to a wider network of paths in the City of Whittlesea and help our community stay healthy and active.”
Works on the trails are underway, starting with the Edgars Creek Trails connection.