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Manningham draft Budget 2013/14 available for public comment
01 May 2013. Manningham Council's draft Budget 2013/14 is available for public comment until 30 May 2013, see council website here.
As a ratepayer and rider in the City of Manningham now is the time for council to hear from you if you want more funding to improve the Manningham riding environment. We encourage you to make a submission to council.
Bicycle Network's own budget submission to Manningham Council is available here.
Bicycle Network Victoria needs your membership support to continue to campaign for improving riding conditions for all riders. Become a member and receive crash cover and support, rider information and deals and help improve riding conditions.
Manningham riders - drafting of council Budget 2013/14 underway
05 March 2013. As you read this Council is preparing its draft 2013/14 Budget. The time to act is now for more bike infrastructure funding!
As a ratepayer and rider now is the time for Council to hear from you if you want more funding to improve the local riding environment.
Click here to tell your Council to invest in bike infrastructure (E-mail contact for Council provided) in the 2013/14 Budget.
Bicycle Expenditure Index (BiXE) 2012
15 November 2012. The City of Manningham’s BiXE rating for 2012 is $1.55. This is below the Middle Zone council average for 2012, which is $4.89. This is based upon council spending of $185,000 and population of 119,438.
Relevant bicycle related investment for the 2012/2013 financial year includes but is not necessarily limited to expenditure upon the following projects/programs:
• Bike rails in Doncaster Hill and shopping centres
• Complete JW Thomson Reserve shared path
• Koonung Trail signs: Complete rollout of signs along Manningham section
• Mullum Mullum Trail signs: north of Tindals Road to Main Yarra Trail)
• Mullum Trail Stage 3, Park Road to Eastlink: Additional allocation
• Trail counter: Additional counter for Mullum Trail to permanent pedestrian/cyclist counter on Koonung Trail
• Contribution to Anderson Creek Road shared path
Additional spending sourced from external grants and funds may apply, but that is outside the scope of BiXE reporting.
The City of Manningham achieved a five-year BiXE average of $8.57. This is above the Middle Zone council five-year average for 2012, which is $5.12.
See full BiXE report available here.
VoteBike - Local Council Elections 2012
27 October 2012. Local council elections are being held in Victoria on October 27 2012. Bicycle Network Victoria is once again running VoteBike that allows you to engage with potential candidates on local cycling issues. We will collect statements from candidates about their commitment to cycling in Manningham and publish them on the VoteBike Facebook event page for you to comment on.
Bicycle Network Victoria has identified the following key projects for the City of Manningham that need the support of local councilors:
- Bulleen Rd & Templestowe Rd - Continue to campaign for this important route to be completed.
- High St (btw Lynnwood Pde & Manningham Rd) - Continuation of on-road lanes along High street will help connect the local cycling network in Manningham.
- Mullum Mullum Creek - Complete the missing link between Park Rd and the EastLink Trail.
- Links to Doncaster Parkiteer - Upgrade cycling routes to the Doncaster Parkiteer cage.
- Ride2School - Continue to provide safe routes to schools foster healthy transport options for kids and reduce peak morning traffic congestion by up to 20%.
To view candidate statements for Manningham go to our Find a Candidate page. Or to comment on candidate statements as well as voice your support for particular local cycling projects, visit our Facebook events page for Manningham.
VoteBike allows you to have your say and make sure your vote counts for improved cycling conditions in your local area.
Bulleen Road gets major bike upgrade
27 May 2010. New bike lanes on Bulleen Road will be a major enhancement to bike infrastructure in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
The $1.2 million project will install lanes between Golden Way and Koonung Creek, a 1.2K stretch that currently carries more than 34,000 vehicles a day.
The project, expected to be finished soon, involves removal of power poles, the installation of light poles, road widening, the construction of a kerb and channel, line marking and new signs.
The new lanes will be used by commuters and students from schools in the area.
This area of Melbourne has some good routes, but they are not well connected and more investment will be needed.
BiXE 2009: City of Manningham
Manningham City Council has a BiXE 2009 of $8.92. This result exceeds the Middle Councils' average BiXE of $5.95 and so is also exceeding Bicycle Network Victoria’s recommended $5 per resident threshold.
Manningham has achieved a 3 year BiXE average of $7.50, which is the highest of the Middle Councils, and is to be again congratulated on its investment in bike infrastructure.
Looking ahead, Manningham City Council has further opportunities to invest funds into infrastructure such as:
• Bulleen Road/Doncaster Road
• Provide more bike lanes on Council-managed roads, particularly around schools.
Draft Doncaster Cycling Plan forgets riders
28 July 2009. If you thought the draft Doncaster Hill Pedestrian and Cycling Plan released this week would aim to encourage more bike riders in the precinct you are in for a shock. In a first for a cycling plan the document appears to call for less cycling facilities, not more.
Apart from a few minor token connections here and there, no major new links are proposed. Inconceivably, Doncaster Road is projected to be a no-go zone for bikes.
Bicycle Network Victoria attended a comprehensive workshop regarding the Plan in November 2008. The critical links were outlined and the need for a high quality route along Doncaster Road, amongst others, were discussed and noted by Council staff and supported by other stakeholders in attendance.
Now that the draft Plan has emerged it is clear that the input was ignored. Vague concepts, not mentioned during consultation, are now in the plan. Especially concerning is a proposal to 'investigate an alternative route for the Doncaster Road PBN (principle bicycle network) within Doncaster Hill'. Anyone who knows the area will see this as folly.
In effect this draft would see Manningham Council wipe Doncaster Road off the State Government's Principle Bicycle Network to make way for exclusive Bus Lanes. Bicycle Network Victoria supports the priority of Buses along this route and agrees with the identification of this corridor as part of the VicRoads Network Operating Plan which aims to allocate priority for different modes along different routes.
However, given the Eastern Freeway runs parallel, it makes sense to reduce Doncaster Road from three traffic lanes and reconfigure it for priority public transport, bicycles and pedestrians.
The draft Plan makes bold statements about the desire to achieve modal shift and yet the detail of the document undermines this outcome. Simply put, under this proposed Plan the net capacity bicycle network in the precinct will be greatly reduced.
The draft is available here.
You can give your feedback to this Plan by writing to Council.
Thompsons Rd Upgrade
Jun 07 The new bike lanes on Thompsons Rd are 90% finished and are a great addition to the bike riding infrastructure in Manningham. The lanes are a mix of on road and back of kerb bike lanes.
The only disappointing aspect is that the back of kerb sections does not have sawcut concrete so it is quite bumpy for riders, especially for road bike riders heading out to the hills on training rides. We have raised the issue with VicRoads to avoid it happening on other projects.
Jul 05 In April 2004 the Minister for Transport announced $12 million in funding to upgrade Thompson’s Road between Manningham Road and Foote Street in Lower Templestowe.
The design for the upgrade includes 1.5m on-road bicycle lanes in each direction with certain sections to have a 1.5m dedicated cycle lanes at the back of kerb, providing an extra degree of separation for riders.
Tenders are currently being called by VicRoads with detailed design and construction to commence before the end of the year. It is expected that works will be completed by mid 2007.
Jul 06 Manningham Council are currently working through a review of the main traffic corridors in their area. As part of this initiative the changing nature of Doncaster Rd has been highlighted as an area for potential improvement. The council will soon be going through a public consultation process, which Bicycle Network Victoria will be keen to get involved in. We will be contacting our local contacts but encourage you to register your interest with the council and also register for updates to this page to keep abreast of any developments in the area
Principal Bicycle Network roads in Manningham include:
- Springvale Rd
- Reynolds Rd
- Harris Gully Rd
- Ringwood Warrandyte Rd
- Mitcham Rd.