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.  

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 2018 (392.65kB) lists this year's programs in Whitehorse, but here are some that are coming up:

Love to Ride (Biketober)

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Ride to Work

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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.


Progress on implementing the Cycling Strategy

Find out the pdf icon  status of actions in the Cycling Strategy (101.10kB) up to June 2017.


Easy Ride routes

A key theme within the Whitehorse Cycling Strategy is for Council to develop a network of cycling routes that predominantly use local roads to connect to key destinations such as schools, shops, transport hubs and recreational facilities.  Using local streets rather than busier roads is safer and less stressful and aims to encourage community members to start riding or ride more often.

Find out more information about the Easy Ride routes.


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. It also 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. Visit Bike Law page for further details. 


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