Published: 20 Oct 2021
Mountain bike riders can now enjoy more of the Arthurs Seat Bike Trail thanks to seven new kilometres of track, made possible through the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project initiative.
The bushland and steep rocky terrain of Arthurs Seat State Park makes an exciting mountain bike destination for riders of all skill levels. In April 2021, the park opened four purpose-built trails, adding seven kilometres to the existing 13 kilometres —improving a mountain bike trail that's already one of the state's best.
Pick My Project Initiative – funding community driven projects
The Arthurs Seat Mountain Bike Trail project was funded through the Victorian Government’s community-led $30 million Pick My Project initiative which provided $196,000 of the $240,000 cost. The remaining funds were secured through donations, the Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club and in-kind (labour) contributions.
The project was delivered in partnership with the Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club and Parks Victoria, with works carried out by sustainable trail building company, Trailscapes.
Already attracting upwards of 120,000 riders a year, this will increase as demand for recreational activities in the area grows.
Expanded trail network brings benefits for visitors and locals
The expansion and upgrade of the trail network will increase participation, reduce trail congestion, enhance connection of trails and improve the overall experience for riders. In line with Parks Victoria's philosophy of Healthy Parks, Healthy People, it will lead to greater environmental sustainability in the park through ongoing management and the safety of the tracks.
The new trails meet International Mountain Bicycling Association standards and cater for a wide range of riders — from families and recreational riders to more experienced technical mountain bike riders.
A project voted for by the community
The Arthurs Seat Mountain Biking Trail is just one success story out of more than 230 projects supported by the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project initiative. The Mornington Peninsula has been the beneficiary of 19 of these. In 2018, over 95,000 Victorians voted online, with 285,000 votes cast for a range of projects. Projects like this are successful because community members participate in the process and determine which initiatives receive funding.