Melbourne's eastern municipalities are developing a strategy to integrate the development of trails across the region.
Following on from similar work from other regional council groups, the eastern councils say coordination between municipalities and other authorities an important part of achieving an effective and integrated trail network.
The seven councils involved in the grouping are Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges.
The Victorian State Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria is funding the project.
In starting work on the strategy, the project is asking trail users to provide some preliminary input.
The strategy will include trails for more than bike riding; walkers, runners and horse riders will also be included.
The regional is already home to some first class trails, with more set to be delivered in the next few years.
The council group says: “Some of these trails are of a regional scale, providing opportunities for transport, exercise, recreation and sight-seeing to both residents and visitors.
"By their nature, regional trails cross municipal borders and have multiple land managers. This makes coordination between municipalities and other authorities an important part of achieving an effective and integrated regional trail network.
"The Eastern Regional Trails Strategy will provide the strategic direction required to allow local government and other land management authorities to work together towards the shared goal of an interconnected and well-used trail network that is accessible for all and promotes healthy and active communities. "
The strategy is expected to be completed in mid-2018.