Like a missing tooth in a beautiful smile, the gap in the Outer Circle Rail Trail near Camberwell High School was always something of a shock.
Riders on a lovely relaxing ride through Melbourne’s middle suburbs would suddenly find themselves running the gauntlet on a stretch of road. Not what they expected.
(Note: The Outer Circle Rail Trail is also known as the Anniversary Trail)
It has taken well over a decade but now all is at it should be, with a great new section of trail through Riversdale Park.
Boroondara Council has proved itself a very good orthodontist.
It didn’t come with without a struggle. Eventually the stiff local opposition was prevailed over, thanks to stalwart support of the Boroondara City plans by the ever-growing bike riding community.
The new 250 metre section threads between the High School and the tennis courts so that riders no longer end up on Spencer Street to connect to Prospect Hill Road and Riversdale Road.
The three metre wide concrete path also features innovative lighting for improved safety and security.
The use of LED lights in the handrail means that illumination does not spill into surrounding private properties.
The council has also rearranged car parking for the tennis club to create more public open space.
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