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Bike jumps on Council land

Youth on bike on dirt track

The building of bike jumps, tracks and other obstacles on Council land has become more common and can cause issues. Council has guidelines that are used to assess these structures to ensure the community is safe and able to enjoy an undamaged natural environment.

Guideline principles

  • So far as is practicable Council is obligated, responsible and committed to the management of Council land in a manner which is safe of all community users.
  • Council is committed to the protection of the natural and built environment for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
  • Council is committed to the provision of a range of opportunities for the community to be active and engaged in physical activities within Council’s municipal reserves.

Assessment criteria

Council’s Local Laws prohibit people from interfering with its public spaces, including undertaking building works or construction activities. However, for unauthorised bike jump works, Council will assess the work against the following criteria.

Assessment criteria  Guidelines

Impact on the natural environment.

Unauthorised bike jumps cannot be located inside or within 10m of an area designated as significant vegetation or re-vegetation.

Unauthorised bike jumps are not permitted in the following reserves:

  • Kalinda Modified Urban Forest
  • Cheong Wildflower Sanctuary
  • Bungalook Conservation Reserve

Unauthorised bike jumps cannot cause damage or impact to trees (including tree roots), watercourses or other natural assets.

Impact on the built environment and intended use of the land.

Unauthorised bike jumps cannot cause damage to or impact the built infrastructure (i.e. seats, tables, playgrounds, pathways etc.)

Unauthorised bike jumps cannot impact the normal use of the Council land (i.e. formal/recreational sports, dog walking etc.)

The area occupied by an unauthorised bike jump and its surroundings must be free of debris and rubbish (including drug and alcohol paraphernalia).

A safety and risk assessment.

Unauthorised bike jumps  cannot be located within historic landfill sites.

When contaminated land or suspected contaminates are exposed, work must immediately cease.

Examination of the design and construction methods.

Each element must have a 1m offset from trees and other solid natural or built assets.

Each element must have a 3m vertical clearance from overhanging trees and vegetation.

The area occupied by an unauthorised bike jump and its surrounds must be free of holes from soil removal.

Elements must be less than 50cm in height or depth.

Elements must be constructed using soil or wood mulch only.

Gaps must not be present between the launch and landing ramps of jump elements.

Impact to community

Unauthorised bike jumps cannot be located close to residential properties.

Noise from an unauthorised bike jump should not impact neighbouring residential properties.

Unauthorised bike facilities cannot be located within close proximity (5km) of a Council-provided bike or skate facility.

What happens next?

When an unauthorised bike jump does not comply with these rules, Council may decide to remove elements or the full site. Where the full site is to be removed, Council will attempt to engage and educate the builders, users and adjoining residents to explain the reasons for removing the bike jumps.

Further information

Please contact Maroondah City Council's Youth Services team on 9294 5704 or Asset Management team on 9298 4313

06/09/2021
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