New Bike Path To Connect Anderson And San Remo
Construction of a new shared bike path connecting Anderson and San Remo will begin in the second half of this year.
The Bass Coast Shire Council’s $1.1 million project will involve 5.5km of 2.5 meter-wide gravel shared pathway along the Phillip Island Tourist Road, beginning at Potters Hill Road and connecting with the existing rail trail at Anderson.
A connecting pathway between Potters Hill Road and San Remo’s pathway network will be provided as a part of future land development.
Council’s Property and Infrastructure Manager, Mark Simpson, said the off-road pathway will provide improved accessibility and connectivity for residents and visitors, improve rider safety, and offer alternative ways for people to commute.
“The construction of the off-road shared path has been supported by Department of Transport, Bicycle Victoria, local bicycle groups and is a significant step forward in connecting our major townships. It is highlighted in the Victorian Cycling Strategy,” Mr Simpson said.
“The existing rail trail and this path will provide users with some of the most scenic views and points of interest within Victoria.
“Our plans include use of boardwalks where an on ground path is difficult to build. We will also provide a viewing platform, a link to the existing lookout and other furniture that will allow users the opportunity to stop and take in the scenery.”
Mr Simpson said Council is confident that once completed, the route will attract many visitors and allow those people interested in commuting by bicycle between towns a safe option.
“Walking groups will be able to complete a loop using the George Bass Trail, connecting in Kilcunda and San Remo,” Mr Simpson said.
The project will be completed in three stages to allow for current Vic Roads road works to be completed, and minimum disruption is expected.
“The starting point at Potters Hill Road is envisaged as a logical start given the current works on the Bass Highway upgrades at Anderson. The section that is planned to connect to existing paths in San Remo is to be formally constructed as part of new subdivisions; however we will most probably need to construct a temporary connection if the developments are delayed,” Mr Simpson said.
The overall project is funded through grants from the Victorian Government Regional Growth Fund via the Local Government Infrastructure Program and will be funded over four years, with the design and investigation completed in 2011/12. Construction of the pathway is estimated to take three years to complete.
Council will consider further funding for structures to separate users from traffic at intersections in the future as usage increases.