From the other (Oliver's Hill) thread .....
Quote from an email I received from Linking Melbourne Authority
"We are very pleased to advise that around 17.5 kilometres of the Peninsula Link Trail is open, representing around 70 per cent of the total path. The sections of the path to be completed in the coming months include the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve and the southern connection to the Mt Eliza Regional Park. To view a map of the path and the sections currently available (construction progress map) please visit this page and then Download the construction progress PDF"
"The final path route through the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve is subject to Federal environmental approvals" - which means it could possibly drag on for some time. My understanding is that the current "track" through that section is OK for mountain bikes but not recommended for road bikes. I intend to go exploring (with camera) within the next week or two.
Looking at the Melways I estimate the bit through the Pines to be approx 2.5Kms. The 5Km section from Baxter-Tooradin Road to the Mt Eliza Regional Park is scheduled to open in April 2013. From there you could go through some back streets to get to the Nepean Highway just north of Mornington. Alas, Google Maps & MapMyRide don't show the Peninsula trail yet but I understand that THIS app does. (Note: I haven't downloaded it myself so I can't verify that it does)Since that was posted I have received a trip report from a friend who lives down that way - here is a copy of his log notes -
My log notes are:
(1) Ignore final log readings as they include a car ride while phone recharged enough to reopen application.
(2) Bypass barriers to Frankston Freeway overpass from Seaford Wetlands. The overpass is good but not yet officially open. Do not bypass and take Seaford Road as this includes a dangerous Freeway access.
(3) Unless on MTB, take the Ballarto Road / McClelland Drive / Skye Road bypass to The Pines. The official trail is closed and the walking tracks include patches of loose sand, crossing a drain without a bridge and crossing an area of rocks. The signs are not good and riders were everywhere looking for the trail alternative to the official closed and most obvious route.
(4) Coffee stop and art / sculptures at Studio Park, McClelland Drive just after Skye Road.
(5) Peninsula Trail south of The Pines is open and boring like Eastlink but not yet planted with greenery. Only for those who want to tick the box. The rest could wait at the Studio doing the art gallery and sculpture walk. I would therefore start a ride at Mordialloc's Peter Scullin Reserve.
A track of his route is mapped Here
My conclusion is that I'll wait a few weeks/months until more works are completed and it's oficially open.