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Walking & Cycling

Did you know that to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day?

We’re encouraging our community to walk more and join a walking group! Luckily for us, when it comes to places to walk in Moonee Valley, we’re spoilt for choice with so many beautiful parks, reserves and walking trails.

Did you know that to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day?

We’re encouraging our community to walk more and join a walking group! Luckily for us, when it comes to places to walk in Moonee Valley, we’re spoilt for choice with so many beautiful parks, reserves and walking trails.

Join a walking group

Make it easier for people to join your group

We’re encouraging all local walking groups to sign up with Heart Foundation Walking – Australia’s largest walking group network.

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  • Groups can be of any size, it takes just 2 people to start a walking group!
  • Groups can walk at any chosen time or day, for any length chosen and at the difficulty level that is suitable for group members.

Signing up is free and has many benefits including access to resources and recognition of achievements.

Sign up your group now!

I want to find a group near me

Not part of a group, but want to find one near you? Find a group on Heart Foundation Walking's directory.

We've recently helped start the following new groups:

I want to start a walking group

This is awesome and we're here to help! Email us at health@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call our Health Promotion and Community Engagement Officer on 9243 1245.

Moonee Valley is host to so many beautiful parks, reserves and walking trails - we’re certainly spoilt when it comes to great walking spots!

Local parks

Visit our parks page to find a large or smaller local park near you.

Walking trails

Explore the natural beauty and history of Moonee Valley with these guides.

They provide a suggested route and points of interest:

Other resources:

Some of the projects proposed as part of our 12-month MV2040 Action Plan – Connected include:

  • Working with the Department of Transport towards ‘pop up’, segregated bicycle paths in the Mt Alexander Road traffic lane, between Kellaway Avenue and Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds; along Mt Alexander Road to connect the Moonee Ponds Activity Centre to the north of Moonee Valley; on the east side of Pascoe Vale Road, between Mt Alexander Road and Coats Street, Moonee Ponds; on the north side of Coats Street, Moonee Ponds; and along Military and Milleara Roads
  • Installing secure and accessible bicycle parking in activity centres, parks and near public transport interchanges
  • Creating a new bridge connection over the Moonee Ponds Creek to encourage walking and cycling between Essendon and Brunswick West
  • Working with the Department of Transport to improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility and road safety in Waverley Street, between Orford and Buckley Streets
  • Working with schools to improve pedestrian connectivity and safety around Moonee Ponds and Essendon school precincts
  • Improving pedestrian and cyclist safety on the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail
  • Investigating bicycle connectivity improvements along Steele Creek
  • Working with the Department of Transport to deliver onroad bicycle infrastructure on Ascot Vale Road to provide a safe and direct link between the Racecourse Road Activity Centre and Moonee Ponds Activity Centre
  • Working with the Department of Transport to improve walking, cycling and accessibility on Woodlands Street to the Strathmore Railway Station
  • Developing a concept plan to improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between Essendon Fields, Strathmore and Strathmore Heights
  • Working with the Department of Transport to implement a safe crossing point at the intersection of Ascot Vale Road and Middle Street, Ascot Vale
  • Install pedestrian/bicycle refuge islands on Hoffmans Road and Forrester Street, Essendon

Shared Paths

It's important that cyclists and pedestrians respect each other while using one of the many shared paths in Moonee Valley.

Who has right of way on shared paths and footpaths?

If you are riding a bike on a shared path or footpath you are required to give way to all pedestrians.

Do I need to keep to the left when riding on a shared path or footpath?

Yes, it is a legal requirement that you ride on the left unless it is impractical to do so.

Cyclists:

  • Pass other riders and walkers on the right and provide plenty of warning. It’s a good idea to ring your bell about 30 metres before passing. You can also use your voice to provide a friendly warning – for example, “passing on your right".
  • Travel at a safe speed so that you can stop quickly if necessary. Take particular care when passing in case your warning bell or call was not heard.
  • Keep an eye out for all pedestrians, especially children and dogs as their movements can be unpredictable. Encourage children to keep to the left and join you in warning other path-users of your approach.

Pedestrians:

  • Keep to the left of the path and walk in a predictable manner.
  • Keep your dog on a lead when walking along shared trails.
  • Help children to keep to the left, explaining that bike riders can come from both directions.

For more information, please contact our Sustainable Transport Officer on 9243 8888.

Moonee Valley Bicycle User Group (Moonee Bug)

MooneeBUG is committed to improving cycling opportunities everyone. The BUG committee that meets occasionally but mainly communicates by email.

The MooneeBUG website is a central point for events and contacts. Post or contribute to the discussion forum.

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Moonee Ponds Creek Trail - Gordon Street Upgrade

We have upgraded the Gordon Street section of the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. The asphalt path was replaced with a new concrete path that will address on-going cracking issues. A full barrier fence between the shared path and creek channel has also been installed to meet safety requirements.

This project will make it safer and easier to walk and cycle in your neighbourhood.