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Sunday 19 Nov 2023 - Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail discovery ride

Supporters of the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail did a short ride to explore the proposed trail route from Camberwell Station to Glenferrie Oval. 

Dr Monique Ryan MP stated that the trail will encourage many more people to ride bikes and that there is very strong community support for the trail for both local and longer bike trips.

Along the way we visited:

Supporters of the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail at Camberwell station

Supporters of the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail at Camberwell station

Dr Monique Ryan riding passenger on a cargo e-bike

Dr Monique Ryan riding passenger on a cargo e-bike

The trail can be built on unused spans of the rail bridges.

16 Nov 2023 - John Pesutto asks question in parliament about the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail 

John PESUTTO (Hawthorn – Leader of the Opposition) (14:42): (430). My question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. When will the Allan Labor government make a decision on funding the vitally needed Hawthorn to Box Hill trail? 

Recently I met with the Boroondara Bicycle Users Group, known as BUG. Their objective is to improve cycling tracks around Hawthorn and nearby neighbourhoods and make our roads safer for all road users through awareness and delivery of new projects. A key project of interest within my local community is the Hawthorn to Box Hill cycling trail. 

In 2021 the state government completed a feasibility study into the trail. However, to date there is still no progress on design, nor has any funding been announced. I note that BUG has started a petition online and has so far received 1153 signatures in support of the trail. That can be viewed at https://www.change.org/p/please-build-the-hawthorn-to-box-hill-trail-for-bikes-walkers-andscooters

Minister, I call on the government to finally commit to funding the Hawthorn to Box Hill trail, providing the people of Hawthorn with much-needed new infrastructure

Reference: Hansard 16 November 2023, p59