Bike Tracks on Railway Reserves
By Bruce Barbour - March 2016
The idea is to use the
unused land in rail reserve for bike tracks. There is
usually a fair bit of land both sides of the rail track -
usually enough room for a bike track. At railway stations
the bike tracks could be lowered in a culvert type
structure to pass around the outside of the station. At
rail bridges would need construct parallel bridges for the
bikes - but these would be quite light weight structures.
l.believe that this is both doable and affordable.
The bike track would be fairly flat (as trains need low
gradients) and run radially into the city - great for
I predict that the rail authorities won't like it but it is
public land after all and if the land can be better used it
should be. And there will be the predictable NIMBY
response from some adjoining landholders.
(Submitted in response to a Future Melbourne post that
suggested the construction of "bike highways" under elevated