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Monash draft Budget 2013/14 available for public comment
09 May 2013. Monash Council's draft Budget 2013/14 is available for public comment until 4th June 2013, see council website here.
As a ratepayer and rider in the City of Monash now is the time for council to hear from you if you want more funding to improve the Monash riding environment. We encourage you to make a submission to council.
Bicycle Network's own budget submission to Monash 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.
Monash 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 Monash’s BiXE rating for 2012 is $2.17. This is below the Middle Zone council average for 2012, which is $4.89. This is based upon council spending of $388,575 and population of 179,010.
Relevant bicycle related investment for the 2012/2013 financial year includes but is not necessarily limited to expenditure upon the following projects/programs:
• Municipal bicycle strategy
• Traffic management: Including Atkinson Street at Scotchmans Creek Oakleigh - bicycle crossing
Additional spending sourced from external grants and funds may apply, but that is outside the scope of BiXE reporting.
The City of Monash achieved a five-year BiXE average of $1.37. This is below the Middle Zone council five-year average for 2012, which is $5.12.
See full BiXE report available here.
See media 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 Monash 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 Monash that need the support of local councilors:
- Glen Waverley Rail path missing link - Support a crucial section of this path which needs completing, between Mt Waverley Station and Power Avenue.
- Ringwood to Notting Hill Pipe Track - A painfully obvious path which needs to be built immediately.
- Scotchman's Creek Trail - Link this trail to the Gardiners Creek trail at East Malvern Station or the Dandenong Creek Trail at Jells Park.
- Ride2School - Continue to provide safe routes to schools foster healthy transport options for kids and reduce peak morning traffic congestion by up to 20%.
- Links to Parkiteer cages - Provide safe routes to Huntingdale Station Parkiteer cage.
- BiXE - Increase council spending on cycling facilities. In 2011 Monash spent $192,400 giving a BiXE index of $1.08. The average of surrounding councils was $5.28. The City of Monash achieved a five-year BiXE Average of $1.09.
To view candidate statements for Monash 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 Monash.
VoteBike allows you to have your say and make sure your vote counts for improved cycling conditions in your local area.
Scotchmans Trail surgery successful
14 January 2010. The awkward circumnavigation around the Oakleigh Aquatic & Recreation Centre on the Scotchmans Creek Trail has been excised at last.
Monash City have almost finished the final touches of landscaping and linemarking to the new asphalted path, which now runds directly along the Creek.
The path is already open to the public and is a much appreciated ‘fix’ of the previous messy detour around the south side streets and car parks.
There are bike racks for those who want to break their journey with a dip in the inviting cool waters of the pool.
BiXE 2009: City of Monash
Monash City Council has a BiXE 2009 of $1.85 which is a slight improvement on its BiXE 2008 of $0.93. This year’s result places Monash well below the Middle Councils’ average BiXE 2009 of $5.95 and shows there is plenty of room for improvement to meet the recommended $5 per resident. Monash has recorded a 3 year BiXE average of $1.19, which is the lowest of the Middle Councils.
Monash City Council has opportunities to invest these funds into cycling infrastructure such as:
• Building the Pipeline trail between Syndal Railway Station, north to Highbury Road. Whitehorse City Council could continue this all the way to Heatherdale Railway Station, providing a critical north-south link for recreation, commuting and the many schools along this corridor
• Providing more on road bike lanes on Council-maintained roads, particularly around schools.
Illegal Car Parking on Shared Path
9 July 2009 A used car yard on the corner of Dandenong Rd and Clayton Rd Clayton had been in the habit of parking cars for sale on the shared path at the end of the service road. The service roads provide a good alternative to the busy Dandenong Rd and give access to Monash University. Blocking the use of this public path for private purposes has annoyed cyclists. The City of Monash responded by sending Local Laws officers out to warn the offender not to park illegally or else be subject to a fine. So that councils can respond it is useful for Bicycle Network Victoria members to report such incidents to the respective council’s general email or postal address so that it is logged by the Council or Department when received, then redirected to the relevant person. CC a copy of any correspondence to Bicycle Network Victoria at email@example.com. See also 'Clearances' on BV web site at /general/change-the-world/43706/
Departure from service road via link path is now clear.
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Oakleigh pool dogleg to undergo surgery
26 February 2009. The confusing detour around the Oakleigh Aquatic & Recreation Centre on the Scotchmans Creek Trail is to be eliminated.
Work to re-route the path will begin soon as part of the $9.21 million redevelopment of the Acquatic complex. The new trail section should be completed by November this year.
It will be an asphalt shared footway of width varying from 2.4 to 3.0 metres and will run between the redeveloped outdoor Pool and Oakleigh Golf Course.
The works will remove the 360m detour around the Centre via the carpark.
Banished bike lanes are back
9 February 2009. The City of Monash has found reverse gear and has re-instated the bikes lanes in Lawrence Road, Mount Waverley, following a campaign by Bicycle Network Victoria members.
The lanes were recently removed without explanation.
Bicycle symbols have been reinstated/relocated between the northern kerb outstand and High Street Road (the section north of High Street Road has not been changed).
In addition the signage will be changed to reflect the use of the lanes by cyclists at any time rather than for 1 hour per day. The Council’s bicycle maps will also continue to promote Lawrence Road as an on road route with marked lanes.
The bicycle lanes along Lawrence Road were originally installed in 1978 to assist students riding to and from the former Syndal Technical School in 1978, now demolished.
The new line markins will also correct errors that existed near two kerb outstands that intrude into the area where cyclists would ride (one of these outstands is a flagged school crossing that services Syndal South Primary School).
Monash Council banishes bike lanes
15 January 2009. Monash City Council has inexplicably scraped off the bike lanes along Lawrence Rd, Mt Waverley.
This has distressed many riders who have contacted us and Council to raise the issue.
This road represent a popular north-south route adjoining many other parts of the network such as the east/west paths, Scotchman's Creek and the Waverley Railway Trail.
With two primary schools along with a secondary school nearby it is hard to understand what the rationale behind the move could be.
The road's width will only ever accomodate one vehicle in each direction so the removal of the bike lane will achieve little and may actually serve to encourage vehicles to travel at greater speed.
Monash Mayor outlines priorities
Jun 2008 Monash mayor Paul Klisaris said the council had identified the completion of the Glen Waverley Rail Path and Scotchmans Creek missing sections as "major priorities" in the next few years.
He predicted the rail trail would be linked to Gardiners Creek Trail once the trail was "connected to the City of Boroondara".
"Designs to extend the bike path under Warrigal Road are in the final stage of preparation.
"The projected cost for this road crossing is between $1.2 million and $1.6 million, including a link bridge on the Monash side of Warrigal Road."
He said the Scotchmans Creek Trail had been designed as a recreational path in the late 1980s to mid '90s "to the standards [of] the day".
"The location of objects such as the creek and retarding basin makes it difficult to alter alignment of the path to make it more commuter fiendly."
Monash University Bike Lanes
Jul 05 Monash University are in the early stages of planning for the installation of bike lanes to improve rider circulation around the university.
Some of the options being considered include on-road lanes on the Ring Roads, a lowering of the speed limit on campus to 30km/h from 40km/h and also the possibility of closing sections of road to make them more cycle and pedestrian friendly.
Bicycle Network Victoria would like to see Principal Bicycle Network funding of on-road lanes on North Road between Huntingdale Road and Monash University to increase the number of riders commuting to university.
To the west, on-road lanes being installed on Wellington Road between Taylor's Lane and Napoloen Road and upgrades to Wellington Road facilities closer to the university will also help achieve this.