At this point, the canal bike path is cut by a busy road, and is difficult for vulnerable users to cross. There is a crossing 40 or so metres down the road, staffed by a crossing guard during school times. This is great when it is staffed, but of no use outside those times.
This problem is recognised by CoPP: in 2012, the Sustainable Transport Plan stated:
Issue: Elwood Canal is a major attractor of pedestrian movements however there is no formal pedestrian crossing provision at the entrance to Elwood Canal on Glen Huntly Road
Proposed solution: Design and construct new pedestrian operated signals along Glen Huntly Road near to the entrances to the Elwood Canal path.
When we met with VicRoads in May 2017, we found that VicRoads "recognises the importance of providing a signalised pedestrian operation near Elwood Canal and Elwood Primary School on Glen Huntly Rd. In consultation with the City of Port Phillip, VicRoads has developed a proposal to provide a pedestrian operated signal at this location. This proposal will be reviewed for funding consideration in a future program."
We also raised this issue with local MP Martin Foley in August 2017 but have not heard anything from him on this.
Update 6/3/18: one of the parents at Elwood Primary School has started a change.org petition to council.