The detour of the Capital City Trail for landscaping developments near the Melbourne Zoo has turned out to be quite lengthy — more of a tour of the park than a detour.
However City of Melbourne insists it is the safest option for riders.
The detour, which will be in place soon, is somewhat convoluted and takes riders through the park alongside Old Popular Road, The Avenue and back via Poplar Road.
When finished the work shop improve the trail for riders.
Riders on the Capital City Trail/Upfield Trail will be familiar with the section on the approach to the Royal Park Railway Station at the Zoo, where one can be surprised by walkers with golf bags unexpectedly emerging from the scrub.
Off the trail, further back in the Park is an informal car parking area and golfers, and other visitors to the area park and then cut through to the trail at multiple locations, causing a hazard to riders zipping down the hill.
This problem should be rectified by the new landscaping works, which will form a barrier of ponds that should restricted access.
The golfers and others will then have to use connecting paths to get on to the trail.
They will still be on the trail at times, but at least they will have a defined pathway entry.
The City of Melbourne last year commissioned a discussion paper on transport in Royal Park which identified numerous problems arising from poorly planned access and parking, and proposing to remove roads, expand parkland, and improve the circulation network for visitors on bikes and foot.
The City is now developing a new masterplan for the park.
The ponds to be installed near the trail will function as retention basins, to prevent unwanted run-off through the parks, and consequent erosion.
They will also serve to clean the water before it moves into the drainage system.
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