Local Council: Yarra Council; Melbourne Water must be consulted about any works under the bridge.
Only the fit and those with gears can make it up. For everybody else it is get off and walk. For those with toddlers or prams it is a nightmare. Wheelchair, no chance. Coming down, you need very good brakes.
Solution: Simply telling people to dismount is sloppy bike planning. Regrade the path. No barriers. A switchback is one solution. Simply flattening the slope a bit, at the top, would do. Is this prioritised in the Yarra Bicycle Strategy 2010-2015? No. I am not convinced the author of that document ever rode this path, which is an essential city trail - hence its name. There are vague statements in the Strategy about the difficulties of fixing paths that are not up to code, but no plans to actually spend any money.
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Update, 1 June 2010. It gets worse. See photo. Council workmen came today to stop peds and cyclists taking a shortcut across the grass at the top of the slope, to reduce the uphill distance they travel. Incomprehensible wooden barriers have been installed (now tan barked as well). This builds on their spectacular effort to protect grass from being walked on, with a fence, April 2010. None of this is of any benefit to park users, whether pedestrians, dogs, cyclists, or anybody else. The workmen would not talk to me. Meanwhile the slope isn't getting any less steep. The photo shows it's base and the new, higher top. This would definitely make it into my top 50 Crap Cycles Lanes of Melbourne. Publishers for a book out there?