Oakleigh cyclists can look forward to improvements to bike paths, as Monash Council hopes to invest about $500,000 into local tracks in the next year.

The council allocated $517,000 for bike path upgrades this financial year, a 40 per cent increase on the year prior, with hopes to continue funding in the next year’s budget.

Family cycling outdoors

Sections of Scotchman’s Creek Trail in Oakleigh will be upgraded this financial year as part of council’s bike path projects, which includes replacing a narrow section of the track between Stamford and Huntingdale roads to meet safety and usability standards. Work for this project is yet to commence but is expected to be completed by June.

Plans also include replacing a track just beyond Oakleigh East with a 3 metre-wide concrete path along Blackburn Rd, from Wellington Rd to Duerdin St. Monash University is contributing $70,000 towards this $180,000 project, as the path will also benefit their students. It is expected to be completed by end of March.

Also on the cards is filling in a missing link on the Waverley Rail Trail in Chadstone, pending approval from land owner VicTrack.

Scotchmans Creek Trail

Scotchmans Creek Trail | Image credit: Wikipedia

A recent bike count by Bicycle Network showed 13 per cent more cyclists used Scotchmans Creek Trail, compared to last year, with 6 per cent more riders across Monash overall.

The council has also established the Monash Bicycle Users Group, which will provide local cyclists with an avenue to share information and to advocate for further bike path improvements.

The first Monash Bicycle Users Group meeting is on Wednesday, April 22 at 6.15pm at the Monash Civic Centre , 293 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley.