Draft Strategy sets out the future of recreational BMX and mountain biking on the Peninsula.
In 2021, we saw a surge in children and young people embracing bike riding activities on the Mornington Peninsula, with many creating their own jumps within park lands and on roadside reserves.
In response to the community’s interest in bike activities, last year Mornington Peninsula Shire appointed @leisure Planners to prepare a Recreational Facilities for Mountain Bike and BMX Strategy.
The Strategy aims to ensure dirt jumps, skills parks and pump tracks are in appropriate locations and designed together with the community.
We undertook the first round of community consultation in 2021, asking your input to help us start to develop the Strategy. We wanted to know what was important to you, what an ideal site would look like and where they should be and turned that into a draft Recreational Facilities for Mountain Bike and BMX Strategy.
We then asked you about the new draft Strategy in October and November 2022, and your feedback will again be reviewed and will help inform the final Draft of the Strategy, which is anticipated to go to Council for adoption mid-2023.
What facilities are there currently?
The Shire manages and maintains several bike sports facilities on the Peninsula, including:
- Dromana Pump Track, Hillview Reserve, Boundary Road
- Red Hill Mountain Bike Skills Park, Red Hill Station Grounds
- Harold Reid Reserve BMX track, Baxter
- Westpark Reserve BMX track, Hastings.
Why do we need a Strategy?
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.