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Reminder: Earth Hour 2017

Earth Hour encourages everyone around the globe to 'Switch Off', and runs between 8:30-9:30pm. This is the 10-year anniversary of Earth Hour – and the theme this year is Join the Future. To celebrate, Council are hosting a series of community workshops and displays on Saturday 25 March at REALM in Ringwood Town Square. Join Maroondah BUG…
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Yarra Valley Rail Trail

The Yarra Valley Rail Trail, first proposed some 30 years ago, is a shared use path from Lilydale that follows the alignment of the former Lilydale - Yarra Glen railway line, continuing east to Healesville and south to Woori Yallock, rejoining the popular Lilydale - Warburton Rail Trail. Costed at over $10 million, it would form a…
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Do You Cycle in the Eastern Suburbs?

If you’re a regular cyclist you’re probably used to dealing with angry drivers, unsafe roads, and bike lanes that just disappear for no reason. Riding a bike shouldn’t be this hard. The Victorian Greens are conducting a survey to help make it easier for people to cycle in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Click here…
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Super Tuesday Commuter Bike Count – 7 March 2017

Super Tuesday is Australia's largest visual bike count, where volunteers count bike rider movements at key intersections across the country. The data collected is used by local, state and federal governments to improve cycling conditions in people's neighbourhoods. Each volunteer receives a $50 donation towards any nominated charity, school, sports club or any other not-for-profit organisation.…
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Earth Hour 2017

Earth Hour encourages everyone around the globe to 'Switch Off', and runs between 8:30-9:30pm. This is the 10-year anniversary of Earth Hour – and the theme this year is Join the Future. To celebrate, Council are hosting a series of community workshops and displays on Saturday 25 March at REALM in Ringwood Town Square. Join Maroondah BUG…
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Ringwood-Belgrave Rail Trail Reconstructed

Originally funded in Maroondah Council's 2015/16 Budget, we are pleased to note that the reconstruction of the trail between Canterbury Rd Heathmont to HE Parker Reserve is now complete. The former asphalt path was narrow, with a rough surface cracked and uprooted. Many cyclists felt unsafe on the trail that they instead took the adjacent…
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Level Crossing Removal Works Promise Improved Cycling Conditions

Have you seen the progress on the level crossing removals in Heatherdale and Blackburn? We're really excited to see the Box Hill - Ringwood Rail Trail progressing and can't wait to take it for a test ride! The works, which you can find out more about here, will create a continuous shared path from Box Hill…
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Box Hill to Ringwood Rail Trail – Heatherdale to Ringwood Update

VicRoads have provided an update on the progress of the Box Hill to Ringwood Rail Trail The level crossing removal works at Heatherdale Station have provided an opportunity to construct the shared use path in the rail corridor. The revised Ringwood alignment will: cross EastLink via the existing Molan Street bridge, follow the existing EastLink trail…
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Bayswater – Lilydale Trail November 2016 Update

  During recent travels, we noted the progress of works on the Bayswater - Lilydale link as part of the Carrum - Warburton Trail network. Whilst this section of the trail between Yvonne Ave and Oak Lane, Croydon South is officially classified as part of the long-standing Taralla Creek Trail, it was an incredibly dangerous section. With…
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Website Updates

We've updated our website with a new and improved Routes page, as well as catching up on all the latest that's happening with cycling in Maroondah. Check it out!
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80m Bicycle Lane Update

Remember the 80 metre-long bicycle lane installed on Warrandyte Rd back in November 2015? We heard nothing but the sound of silence from Eastland or VicRoads, despite numerous attempts to request either a re-design or removal of the treacherous bike lane. Even after it made the Maroondah Leader, we were unable to get anything more than…
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Lincoln Rd Upgrade

Council received Roads to Recovery funding to conduct upgrade and improvement works along the eastern length of Lincoln Rd, Croydon and have recently released draft designs on their website. The BUG is pleased to see the provision of continuous, 1.2m to 1.5m wide bicycle lanes from west to east, with no "gaps" or missing sections. The…
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Ringwood North Roundabout Upgrades

Council is currently finalising the design of two upgrades to the Oban Rd corridor in Ringwood North. As Oban Rd forms one of Maroondah's few on-road bicycle lanes, we are eager to ensure that outcomes for cyclists are improved where possible. Additionally, BUG member Shaun Ruigrok lives in the local area and rides the Oban Rd/Wonga…
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Knaith Rd Update

BUG member Tim Settle has been chasing up Council in regards to the plans for Knaith Rd redevelopment and ensuring that the designs cater for cycling adequately and properly. Click here to read Tim's submission to Council (Word) Click here to read Council's response to Tim's submission (PDF) Click here to read Tim's reply to Council's response…
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A Metre Matters Enquiry

The first step was getting a parliamentary inquiry into minimum passing distances. The next step is making sure it's clear the community supports a minimum passing distance for overtaking cyclists. Maroondah BUG supports the effort to create minimum safe passing distance laws. We encourage others to make a submission and share with friends and family
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Bikespot Blackspot Reporting

Maroondah City Council, together with TAC and others, have created a new way for the community to report "bikespots". We encourage our members to take a look and report any spots they love, or love to hate. BikeSpot
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BUG Questions 80m-long Bicycle Lane

There's bicycle infrastructure, and then there's "bicycle infrastructure". This one takes the cake for fitting into the latter category. It would appear as though that Eastland and VicRoads traffic engineers have managed to come up with a "bicycle lane" just some 80 metres in length (if that) on Warrandyte Rd northbound. This "lane" does not connect…
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Eastland Redevelopment Opens

The new Eastland Shopping Centre redevelopment has officially opened! Maroondah BUG is pleased to see several improvements to cycling-related facilities at the redeveloped shopping centre. At the northern end, a newly constructed shared path takes you from the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail up to a secure bicycle storage cage near Kmart Tyre and Auto. Whilst this…
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Ride2Work Day 14 Oct 2015

National Ride2Work Day is on again for 2015! This year it will be held on Wednesday 14 October. Ride2Work Day encourages and supports people who have never ridden to work, or who do so infrequently, to commute to work by bicycle.  It also acknowledges the dedication of frequent rides to keep it up. Ever considered riding…
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Bedford Rd/Great Ryrie St Intersection Upgrade

Maroondah Council has released designs for the upcoming works to the intersection of Great Ryrie St and Bedford Rd in Ringwood. The BUG has previously raised issues with the important cycling route on Bedford Rd, especially in regards to the pedestrian "refuge island" located immediately to the east side of the level crossing. The BUG is pleased to…
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