Council thumbs up to new bicycle infrastructure

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the Council of the City of Greater Geelong voted unanimously to seek funding from the State Government and Vic Roads for major cycling infrastructure aimed at improving the Geelong Bicycle Network.  A number of councilors spoke on the proposal – all were positive.

Projects to be given priority include:

  • Construction of safe ramps to the Moorabool St
    Bridge from Barwon River Trail. The existing
    ramps to the bridge do not meet standards and are
    not safe for cyclists.
  • Installation of a 3 metre wide shared path on the
    west side of Melbourne Rd between North
    Geelong station and Separation St. This is stage 1
    of a project to connect cyclists from Central
    Geelong to the Northern Suburbs.
  • Upgrade of approximately 1km of shared path on
    Corio Quay Rd, North Geelong, to improve safety
    for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • The Barwon to Bay Cycleway has been identified
    in the Priority Bicycle Network (PBN) as a priority
    project to provide cycling access to Central
    Geelong, and connect Central Geelong to the
    Barwon River Trail and Bellarine Rail Trail. The
    cycleway will be a two-way contra-flow bike lane
    that is separated from traffic. This project has a
    strong link to the Central Geelong Action Plan.
    Provides direct linkages to Deakin University.

This is proposed to be along Moorabool and Gheringhap Streets, and utilise the existing shared crossing on the west side of Moorabool Street Bridge.

There is another opportunity for our Councilors to show their support for cycling when the budget for 2014 to 2015 is debated.  Make your support for cycling and a fair deal for cyclists known by writing to your ward councilor.

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