Matt1 wrote:Is the trail complete now?
I rode the 18km trail from Yarraman station to Caulfield in October 2018 as part of an LXRA organised ride. It was complete then, subject to some minor diversions to avoid works around stations. I assume those works have now been completed.
It's a pleasant ride, though if you are after a family ride with no particular destination you'd be better off going to the bike path off Beach Road. The new sections are all first rate - wide, quality surfacing, and even some bike maintenance stations (allen keys, pump, etc).
However, the trail includes older existing sections that need upgrades such as between Huntingdale and Oakleigh (which includes a narrow, dangerous blind bend near Huntingdale station).
Also you are required to dismount at Oakleigh station to go through the underpass. Hopefully they fix this when they rebuild the station in the next few years (Labor promised the rebuild in their Nov 2018 election commitments).
If you are expecting an almost continuous ride along the trail you'll be disappointed as there are many pedestrian crossings to stop at along the way.
It's a great new facility and everyone who lives within cycling distance of it should give it a go.
GreenAlias wrote:For the people who regularly ride this trail - what's your preferred route from Caulfield to Mebourne CBD?
Depends if you are working at the west end (Docklands, Southern Cross Stn etc) or the centre or east end (Parliament, Swanston St etc). For the west I would take Inkerman Rd or Glen Eira Rd to St Kilda Rd, then Canterbury Rd and Ferrars St to South Melbourne, then the Clarendon St Bridge to Spencer St. For the centre and east I'd start the same way and take St Kilda Rd into the city.