Bicycle Network: Where to Ride
Melbourne's Metro Trail Network (MTN)
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The main off road bike network in Melbourne.
The 2002 plan committed to a vision of 1200 kilometres of shared trails to ensure that the wider community has access to open space.
Off-road shared trails, which are the primary focus for this strategy, link Melbourne’s significant areas of open space to local trails, recreational precincts and public transport.
"The trails are mainly located along waterways and easements and many traverse parklands and the foreshore. Trails are an important recreational venue in their own right, but are also an essential link between people and places.
Shared trails are not just bike trails; they are used for activities such as walking, inline skating and jogging. Provision of facilities for these activities results in improved personal health and can result in environmental health benefits, through either managing access in sensitive areas or improving environmental values adjacent to trails by incorporating them in overall design and development."
(Linking People and Spaces report, 2002, p. 13).
Listed below are some of Melbourne's metro trails:
Anniversary Outer Circle Trail
Aligned along the coastline of Port Phillip Bay is the spectacular Bay Trail. Looking for a seaside ride? Then this trail is for you! If you choose to do the full length there's 69km of path to ride or alternatively, you may wish to break it into smaller sections.