What is the Neerim East trail bike safety project?
The Victorian Government has provided $109,000 for VicRoads and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to explore options that will improve safety for trail bike riders.
The final plan will be recommended to the Victorian Government and has the potential to become a pilot project. If successful, this pilot could be applied in other areas of the state where trail bike safety is a concern.
What would a pilot project aim to achieve?
- Improved safety for trail riders
- Maintaining the physical challenge trail riders seek
- Protecting the environment for other users and for the future
What is the problem this project will address?
Why has Neerim East been chosen as the site for this project?
Gippsland experiences one of the highest rates of trail bike trauma in the state with 25% of all motorcyclist deaths and serious injuries occurring on forest roads. The most popular destination for trail riding in the region is Neerim East State Forest. There have been 33 serious injury crashes in the forest in the five years to 2015.
What are the safety concerns at Neerim East?
What are the causes of trail bike crashes in Neerim East State Forest?
What are the options to improve safety at Neerim East State Forest?
Is there a possibility of closing the forest to trail riders?
Why is VicRoads involved in forest tracks?
Where is Neerim East State Forest?
Neerim East State Forest is located along Latrobe River Road, 9km east of the town of Neerim South. The forest is situated within Baw Baw Shire and is a one hour drive from the south-east suburbs of Melbourne. The forest covers an area of 20km x 15km.
Will this project disadvantage other forest users?
Unlike other forest users, trail bike riders are experiencing increasing trauma on forest tracks resulting in serious injuries.
Although every attempt will be made to minimise conflict with other forest users, the objective of the project is to reduce trail bike trauma and a small amount of inconvenience to other forest users may be inevitable.
Will this project negatively impact on the environment?
Will this project impact negatively on the community?
Did the community have the opportunity to comment on the pilot project during the planning phase?
How will my feedback be used?
Feedback will help us understand the community’s ideas and preferences for upgrades to forest tracks. It will also give us an understanding of the issues, concerns and experiences of trail bike riders and other forest users. This information will be taken into consideration when finalising planning for the project.
When will the community be informed of the outcome of the consultation?
What are the next steps?