There is currently no connection from the main Yarra trail to other local cycling and pedestrian networks in the area. Constructing a dedicated pedestrian and cycling bridge across the Yarra River between Bulleen and Heidelberg will connect the Main Yarra trail to other local cycling and pedestrian networks in the area. It will also create an alternative river crossing to the constrained and unsafe footpath along the Manningham Road bridge in Bulleen.
The connection will be a crucial link between the Cities of Manningham and Banyule, and complement associated public transport and road improvements along Templestowe Road. This will encourage people to walk or cycle rather than depend on private vehicles.