Darebin BUG has been involved in these projects in the last couple of years:
- working with VicRoads to ensure adequate provision of cycling facilities as part of the Chandler Highway Bridge replacement project
- working with Melbourne Water to ensure the provision of an alternative path during the water pipe works on St George’s Road and that the replacement path will be improved as much as possible within the restraints of the space available
- working with the Level Crossing Removal Authority to ensure that cyclists are provided with adequate crossings once the Grange Road level crossing at Fairfield is removed
- working with VicRoads to ensure the completion of the Darebin Creek Trail south across the Yarra River
- advocating for the installation of the contra-flow bike lane in Tyler Street, Preston, an idea that originated with the BUG
- proposing and advocating for the construction of the Great Western Shimmy, the longest shimmy route in Melbourne, recently completed by Council
- working with Darebin Council to ensure the retention of the High Street bike lanes, between the Junction and Bell Street, as part of the Junction Urban Master Plan (JUMP) project
- working with Darebin Council to bring about the installation of a bike path over the Miller Street kerb outstand, west of the Junction, to provide safer access to the Junction and Dundas Street
In 2014, Darebin BUG initiated a project to partner with Darebin Council to fund the installation of a solar-powered bike counter (the first in the Southern Hemisphere) on St Georges Road path (live count data).
Prior to this, the BUG successfully campaigned on behalf of cyclists to achieve:
- removal of the St Georges Road roundabout and installation of bike lanes and signals – a $5.1 million project
- a tripling of the Darebin Council bike budget the inclusion in the Darebin Bike Plan of a range of projects that will enhance cycling in Darebin
- installation of the first stage of the “Shimmy” routes across Darebin after a 2-year campaign,
- significant remediation of aspects of the Route 86 tram project that created additional hazards for High Street cyclists
- significant progress on the completion of the Darebin Creek Trail south to the Yarra, including an improved, wider, design for the Yarra bridge
- bike paths through and around Bundoora Park
- the preservation of the Fairfield underpass as a route for cyclists
- many other small improvements (such as road crossings for cyclists) around Darebin
Darebin BUG is routinely consulted by Council and State Government agencies such as VicRoads on cycling issues and proposed improvements. Our proposals have contributed to the development of numerous strategies and projects that involve cycling in Darebin and beyond.
You can see we’ve made a difference. You can too.