Children and young people on the Mornington Peninsula have embraced a new hobby – building bike jumps and tracks in their neighbourhoods.
While we appreciate the energy, creativity and enjoyment of those involved in creating bike jumps, the Shire has also received many complaints from other park and bushland users whose enjoyment and safe use of these spaces have been affected. Volunteer groups looking after bushland areas over many years have seen impacts to fauna and flora.
The Shire has the responsibility to ensure all residents are safe and our environment is protected and is undertaking works to achieve this including removal of bike jumps. However, we understand there is a wish in the community for these experiences and we are currently assessing whether any of the illegally constructed bike jumps can be made safe and allowed to continue. Engagement with the local community will be crucial and we will need users, key stakeholders and residents to become actively involved for this to be viable.
This year Council committed to develop a Mountain Bike and BMX Strategy to provide more recreational bike opportunities on Shire land.
The new Strategy will ensure dirt jumps, skills parks and pump tracks are in appropriate locations and designed together with the community, taking safety and the broad range of users and abilities into consideration, while also protecting the Peninsula’s unique environment and ecological values.
We want your input! To keep up to date on this project and be notified when the draft strategy opens for community consultation, please complete the form.
The Shire manages and maintains several bike sports facilities on the Peninsula, including: