Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
North: Upfield Bike Path
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The Upfield Bike Path commences near the Flemington Bridge railway station (Melway Ref 2A D1) where it joins the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and follows the Upfield railway line for 6km. It ends at Boundary Rd Merlynston (Melway Ref 17 G6) near Merlynston Station.
Upfield gets upgrades
22 October 2013. A section of the Upfield Path in Brunswick is being upgraded to an improved standard, and riders will be required to take a minor detour until work is completed in November.
The 200 metre section is between Albion and Tinning Street. The detour will be via Ilhan Lane.
The works will improve the safety and convenience of users by:
- Reducing the steep slope on the approach to Albion Street
- Replacing the fence which has been gradually falling in to the rail reserve
- Building a retaining wall to stabilise the embankment.
- Using asphalt-coloured concrete for stability and longevity
Lighting, which is also part of the project, was installed in May this year.
The project is expected to cost in the vicinity of $200,000.
A bike path of Renown
18 September 2013. The plan to push the Upfield Bike Path further north faces some tricky obstacles, but the City of Moreland have boldly taken the stick to Renown Street in Coburg North.
In an innovative move the council has divided the road with candlestick separators so that the low traffic street can accommodate an extension to the Upfield path.
Rubber separators with 'candlestick' flexible poles and line marking enabled council to solve this 800 metre challenge for a mere $16,000 compared to the $200,000 a three metre concrete path would typically have cost.
This section is contrained by lack of space between the road and rail corridor. A choice was made to retain the existing trees which act as a buffer to the rail line.
Renown St is a very quiet street which sees more bikes than vehicles use because it is not a through route.
While the path serves riders well, it is not perfect. It does represent a narrow 'envelope' due to the vertical poles and concrete kerb.
Bicycle Network has discussed with Council officers the future option of remodelling the drainage kerb and channel and also further differentiating the separation by installing a different surface material (possibly concrete or coloured bitumen).
There is also the possibility of doing a Sussex Street style spoon drain (pictured right) to further widen the bike path into the back-of-kerb space.
Moreland Council officers are to be commended for their efforts and thinking outside the square. This newest piece in the Upfield puzzle could well be used elsewhere across the network. This solution was made easier by lack of entryways or other complications along this one side of the road.
Election opportunity for candidates to show support
15 August 2012 Bicycle Network has identified this project as a local council priority for the 2012 Local Government election.
Specifically the section at the northern end between Box Forest Rd and Camp Street.
Candidates should be ready to support the development and full or partial funding of this project in conjunction with State Government and can tell riders in their Council area their position by posting their candidates' statement at VoteBike.
Northern Link project awaits funding
June 2011 The designs have been completed, the approvals are in place and now all that remains is for the Baillieu Government to meet its commitment to develop a viable cycling as transport network.
Water works detours Upfield path
5 November 2010. Work on the renewal of the M9 water main will close the Upfield bike path for three months at North Coburg.
The closure, effective immediately, will be at the intersection of the Bakers Road and the Upfield Railway line. Cyclists using the bike path will be detoured around the site via Smith Street. See map.
The footway on the north side of Bakers Road forms part of the detour and because it is narrow there may be delays when pedestrian volumes are high.
The late notice is said to be the result due to coordination difficulties with the rail operator and/or VicTrack.
Northern Link needs to be completed
July 2010. The Upfield path has less than 2 kilometres of gap to be completed to link in to the wider network through the Ring Road Path.
Upfield path grows
18 September 2008. The Upfield shared path has grown a 1.6km extension from Boundary Road to Box Forest Road following a $1.1 million VicRoads funding injection.
The project also included new traffic signals at the intersection of Sydney Rd and Lorne Street.
With around 800 users a day at its southern end the Upfield Path will benefit from this addition.
Jun 04 Coburg and Brunswick Bicycle Users Groups have been campaigning for the completion of a missing section of the Upfield path between Reynard and O'Hea Streets in Coburg and a signalised crossing at Bell St. Vic Roads has approved funding for a signalised trafficcrossing at the Bells Street crossing of the Upfield path.
Jul 03 Council replaced 50 metres of the Upfield bike path between Dawson St and Michael St with a new concrete path that is more resistant to tree root damage, giving cyclists a smoother ride.