Upfield Bike Path

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The Upfield Bike Path in Brunswick
Upfield Rail Trail
Length Approx 8.6 km
Difficulty Easy
Hills Flat
Hazards Numerous Road crossings. People exiting stations. Forklifts.
Path Bitumen path
Connecting Transport
Train Upfield railway line

The Upfield Bike Path is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians, which follows Upfield railway line through the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[1][2][3]

It stretches from Princes Park, through Brunswick and Coburg, to Box Forest Road, Fawkner, just south of Gowrie railway station. It was originally opened in the late 1980s.

Missing links have been progressively filled with the work between Hope Street and Anstey railway station in Brunswick completed in August 2002. A section between Reynard and O'Hea Streets in Coburg with a signalled crossing at Bell Street was completed by 2006 by City of Moreland Council and VicRoads. An extension to Box Forest Road was completed in September 2008.

Following the path[edit]

The southern end of the Upfield Bike Path connects to the Capital City Trail on the old Inner Circle railway line reservation which provides access to the Merri Creek Trail at Rushall railway station; and in the other direction it passes near the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens before connecting with the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.

Alternatively, at Park Street cyclists can join the Royal Parade bike path and on road bike lane which provides access to University of Melbourne main campus in Parkville.

City of Moreland Council has reported the number of people counted riding on the Upfield Bike Path and Sydney Road at Park Street has almost quadrupled from 1992 to 2003. The 24hr weekday average was 804 in Feb 2008.[4]

The Upfield path parallels Sydney Road shopping strip in Brunswick and Coburg, and is often used by pedestrians and cyclists for shopping, dog walking as well as commuter cycling.

Historic buildings along the path include the Brunswick Baths at Dawson Street and the Railway Hotel (now a Backpackers Hostel) at Albert Street, Brunswick.

Landmarks[edit]

Upfield railway line, Melbourne Zoo.

Solar lighting at Fawkner Cemetery[edit]

The Upfield Path section, passing the Fawkner Cemetery, was upgraded in February 2009 to include the world's first shared-pathway, solar lighting schema. Stonnington City Council introduced solar lighting on the Gardiners Creek Trail in May 2007.[5][6] However they did not make use of a color schema as seen on the Upfield Bike path.

Previously the path was without lights and unfriendly to riders. The new array of red LED on the left and white LED on the right, creates a delineated "airport runway" style, visually stunning, lighting grid, providing up to 600 meters of visible pathway for riders, even at the darkest hours. Hazards are indicated using amber LED.

For safety, the lights are mounted flush with the ground where they absorb more than enough energy, stored in their environmentally friendly super capacitors during daylight, to provide up to 14 hours of continuous lighting.

Connections[edit]

  • The path comes to a dead end in the north at Box Forest Road at Fawkner cemetery.
  • It meets the Capital City Trail in the south.

The Western Ring Road Trail is 3 km to the north, up Sydney Rd, from the most northerly end of the trail.

North end at 37°43′09″S 144°57′41″E / 37.719074°S 144.961295°E / -37.719074; 144.961295. South end at 37°46′49″S 144°57′25″E / 37.780251°S 144.957067°E / -37.780251; 144.957067.

Cultural references[edit]

Upfield Bike Path is the name and subject matter of a song by Melbourne indie band Huon. The track appears on the compilation album Kraftworks.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ VicRoads - Bicycle Facilities Map
  2. ^ Melbourne and Geelong's shared paths in Google Maps
  3. ^ Melbourne and Geelong's shared paths in Google Earth
  4. ^ VicRoads - cycling statistics
  5. ^ http://treadly.net/2007/05/05/clear-for-take-off-on-the-gardiners-creek-trail/
  6. ^ http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/resources/documents/4_Jun_2007_Lighting_the_way_to_a_safe_ride_home.pdf
  7. ^ Huon appears on the compilation album Kraftworks, which is published by the Spill label and contains various interpretations of Kraftwerk tracks performed at a show at The Empress Hotel, Melbourne on 27 November 1999 by various indie Australian musicians.
  • Bike rides around Melbourne 3rd edition, 2009, Julia Blunden, Open Spaces Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9752333-4-4
  • Bike Paths Victoria sixth edition, 2004. Edited and published by Sabey & Associates Pty Ltd. pp132. ISBN 0-9579591-1-7