The Main Yarra Trail is to be extended through to the Warrandyte town centre.
The City of Manningham has started the ball rolling by releasing a proposed alignment for comment.
It is expected that detailed design for the trail connection will be completed in the 2020-21 financial year, with construction underway in 2021-22.
The new section will start at Pound Road, and run adjacent to Warrandyte Road for the 1.4 km journey to Taroona Avenue at Warrandyte.
From Pound Road the shared path will run in the ample road reserve alongside Warrandyte Road. Because of the typography, and valued trees, it will be carefully aligned through the sensitive vegetation.
Further east, it will track along a sealed lane that provides vehicle access to a handful of properties off Warrandyte Road.
With appropriate traffic calming treatment this lane should be suitable for bikes to share with a very low volume of vehicles accessing local properties.
The route was identified as a priority in the Eastern Trails Strategy. It was also in the Manningham Bicycle Strategy 2013.
Other improvements to the Main Yarra Trail will be delivered as part of the North East Link project.
The 36km Main Yarra Trail begins in Abbotsford and travels along the Yarra River through Fairfield, Rosanna, Templestowe, Eltham, and soon, Warrandyte.