Realigned southern Munda Biddi trail open
Epic south coastal views have been opened up for cyclists with the completion of a long-awaited Munda Biddi bike trail realignment.
The 21.1km realignment, traversing picturesque coastal heath and woodland, takes the trail off a section of the busy Lower Denmark Road and onto a purpose-built trail through the Albany Windfarm.
The realignment was not simple, according to the Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).
The planning and design process required inspection and input by the Traditional Owners, consultation with residents, flora and fauna surveys, cooperation with the City of Albany, coordination with Synergy as the owner of the Albany Windfarm and liaison with the Water Corporation due to the proximity of drinking water bores.
There was a requirement to minimise clearing and disturbance within Sandpatch Reserve, avoid the habitat of the vulnerable Main’s assassin spider, avoid a water production bore zone, and negotiate the wetland section.
In keeping with the aim of making this cycle trail safer for riders, as well as showcasing the magnificent southwest environment, DBCA has constructed 4.1km of new, hard surfaced, single track as part of the realignment.
A 48-metre elevated trail platform was required to traverse a small wetland near Lake Powell, protecting the sensitive wetland environment.
The Munda Biddi long distance cycling trail stretches from Mundaring to Albany – a distance of over 1000kms.
For a pdf map of the new alignment, go to Park Alerts.
More information on the Munda Biddi Trail here.