Whitehorse City Council

Cycling in Whitehorse

Cycling is an essential mode of transport as well as an important recreation and sport activity that has great environmental and health benefits.  

Cycling Strategy

The pdf icon Whitehorse Cycling Strategy 2016 (1.36MB) guides Council in implementing education, infrastructure and advocacy actions that aim to increase participation in cycling across the municipality. It sets objectives to increase participation in cycling, improve health levels, provide a safe and convenient environment for cycling and maintain and promote existing cycling facilities. Targets have also been set to increase by 2026 the number of cyclists riding to work, the number of short trips (1km-5km) completed by bike and the number of female cyclists in Whitehorse.

 


Community Education Programs

Council supports a large range of education programs in the community to encourage safe cycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly activity. 

pdf icon  Bike Programs 2014 (594.92kB)

 


Cycling Infrastructure

Whitehorse has some fantastic off road cycling routes as well as a great network of on-road bicycle paths.

Council’s pdf icon  Walking and Wheeling Guide (2.77MB) highlights some of the wonderful parks and walking tracks within the municipality. The guide includes information on required levels of fitness, disability access, general facilities and lists the location of some of the BMX tracks, mountain bike tracks, skate parks and playgrounds in Whitehorse.

Some of the most popular bike routes include:

  • The Gardiners Creek Reserve in Burwood offers visitors the choice of numerous tracks around the northern section of Gardiners Creek. If travelling close to the billabong, you are likely to see a multitude of open woodland and wetland birds including the Purple Swamphen and the Little Pied Cormorant.
  • The Eastlink Shared Trail in Mitcham boasts beautiful scenery and picturesque views. The old Mullum Mullum Creek Track joins the historic Schwerkolt Cottage and Yarran Dheran Reserve before diverting into the City of Manningham at the north-western corner of Yarran Dheran. The track crosses back to the City of Whitehorse near Quarry Road.
  • The Koonung Creek shared path meanders alongside the Koonung Creek that is the northern boundary of Whitehorse.  The path is popular with recreational riders as well as commuters heading into the city.  The eastern end of the path connects to the Eastlink Shared Trail for riders wishing to extend their journey towards Frankston.

The pdf icon  City of Whitehorse TravelSmart Map (6.29MB) displays the on-road and off-road cycling paths throughout the municipality.

Council allocates significant funding each year to maintain and improve on road and off road cycling paths and other cycling infrastructure. Maintenance budgets include allocations for line marking, street lighting, asphalting, plant pruning, signage, footpaths, bicycle parking, showers and lockers. This is in addition to budgets approved each year for the construction of new cycling infrastructure and improvements to existing infrastructure. 


Advocacy

Council continues to work with the state government and other key stakeholders to strongly advocate for improved cycling facilities throughout the municipality. Some of these advocacy projects include:

  • Construction of the Box Hill to Ringwood bicycle path
  • Construction of a shared pedestrian and bicycle path along the Healesville Freeway Reservation.
  • Improved bicycle access along major arterial roads which are the responsibility of the state government.

 


 

Road Rules

It is vital for cyclists to know the relevant road rules as many of them are different to those for motorists. The Victorian Law Foundation has published a guide to cycling road rules. Click on the following link for further details www.bikelaw.org.au   

 


Resources