PORT PHILLIP CONSERVATION COUNCIL INC.

Tel 03 5987 1583
Mob 04058 25769
A0020093K  Victoria
ABN 46 291 176 191
 

12 Burton Street, DROMANA VIC 3936
27th April 1998
 
PPCC Inc. Policy Statement No. 8

Bicycle Roads Around Port Phillip

SUMMARY: 

The primary concern when planning bicycle roads on public land adjoining the Port Phillip coastline must be to avoid environmental damage. Routes should be selected with this criterion in mind, and must be located on road reserves, and not on foreshore reserves. The term 'bicycle road' is used, rather than the misleading term 'bicycle path', because bicycles are vehicles, which should be used on a road even if it is exclusively for bicycles. 

DETAIL: 

Remnant Vegetation: Where bicycle roads are to be constructed near remnant vegetation, their route should be no closer to such remnant vegetation than its perimeter. Bicycle roads should not be constructed through any such remnant vegetation, because of the resulting damage caused by loss of canopy, wind erosion, and entry of weed species, which thrive on clearings. This damage, called the 'edge effect', becomes worse as time goes on, and would be lessened if the bicycle road skirted remnant vegetation. Bicycle roads should be fenced to prevent cyclists cutting their own tracks through the adjoining bushland. 

ADOPTION: 

This original version of PPCC Inc. Policy Statement No. 8 was adopted by a General Meeting of Port Phillip Conservation Council Inc. on 27th April 1998. 

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