About hlyth2013

I run websites for The Choral Grapevine (a regional newsletter for choirs in Western Victoria and South-Eastern South Australia) and Cycling Geelong (a recreational cycling group). I am an artist and photographer, musician and recreational cyclist.

If a city of 8.6 million can do it, so can Geelong

Protected bike lanes make cities safer for everyone, and promote healthy and sustainable commuting.

“The bike lanes were 99% of our headlines, but only 1% of our budget.”

“If you want to build a better city, you can start by building better bike lanes.”

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North western Geelong loop – Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Two cyclists set off on this morning’s ride – Helen (leader) and Kevin.  Perhaps the predicted rain and strong wind and Father’s Day clash daunted other riders.  Wherever you were, you missed a most enjoyable ride.

The ride route was to Soft Cafe in Minerva Road, via a loop from Rippleside – following the waterfront to Geelong Grammar, then across School and Plantation Roads to follow the Ted Wilson Trail to Church Street and coffee.

The coffee shop was very busy (perhaps a few Father’s Day breakfasts were responsible for this).  Kevin’s hot chocolate finally arrived. It’s great to see our coffee shops doing such good business on weekends.

With a Father’s Day lunch date, Kevin then rode home (to a three generations lunch at his daughter’s – Kevin is the proud great grandpa to a three week old baby boy).

The return to Rippleside was via the Cement Works Trail to Douro Street, then Margaret Street overpass.

There was no rain (though by 1.30 a thunderstorm brought heavy rain and hail to Rippleside).

Making our cities more people-friendly… People given priority over cars

This could work for Geelong – especially the CBD.  Imagine the enjoyment of coffee or a meal in an outdoor cafe in Geelong CBD, with no parked cars or exhaust fumes.

On yesterday’s Bicycle Show on 97.4 The Pulse, our mayor, Cr Bruce Harwood, postulated a car-free CBD for Geelong.

Thanks to Dave S for finding this clip. 

Better than brand new: Trailer refurbishment

The trailer is transformed.  Allan and Kelly have spent many hours reconfiguring and strengthening the Cycling Geelong bike trailer.  This will not only make it safer and fix problems exposed in the original design, but will make the trailer much easier to load and unload.

Thanks to Allan and Kelly and their engineer welder mate for this wonderful transformation.  The trailer is now ready for this year’s Goldfields weekend which it based around Heathcote.

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday 17th August 2019

The ride began with 10 cyclists, led by Helen – but we picked up three more on the way – Hermann, Sally and Richard.  The other  riders were, Carolyn, Geoff (trusty tail-ender), Kevin, Charlotte, Denis, Lynton, David J, David S and Russell.

Conditions were perfect weather-wise, but less so on the path.  While this is sealed except for the notorious short section at Fyansford, the ride was ‘all terain’ with a bit of amphibian added. Flood waters had receded, leaving only a few places where there was water over the path, but after the water came the mud!  At Queens Park Bridge we noticed cyclists using the grass to avoid a muddy patch on the path.  This should have been a warning but your intrepid riders continued undaunted.  Some rode the path, others took to the grass.  The ride leader soon became tail-ender as mud and grass caked bike wheels, brakes and settled in huge clumps where the wheels pass the bike frame.  David F had a spill on the slippery grass – the fall somewhat broken by the muddy grass.  It seems only pride was wounded.

Finally, very spread out, all riders reached Barwon Edge for coffee, where they were joined by Nancy and Heather.  After some more hasty mud clearing from wheels, all riders successfully made it back to Balyang.

Before the mud!

Saturday afternoon sorted – bike clean!

Lara via Hovells Creek – Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Five riders set off from Rippleside, under the leadership of Dave Simpson – Dirk, Barbara, Kevin and Helen.

The ride went along the new path beside Balmoral Quay, then to Limeburners Lagoon via Lascelles Wharf, and on to Lara via Hovells Creek.  As usual, there was flooding under the highway (made worse by a new curb which, instead of holding the creek waters back, stops the water from draining off the path.  (This issue has been added to the current survey into shared paths.*)

Coffee was a X-presso, before a return on much the same route.

Thanks to ride leader and all riders.

City of Geelong – Shared Trails Masterplan

* The City is surveying shared paths throughout the region, asking for feedback and suggestions.  In particular, the aim will be to fill gaps where paths do not join up, and solve issues.  There are several more face to face sessions, and an online map, on which you can add your comments, upload photos and view issues raised by others. Please add your feedback – you are the expert on paths you use frequently.

 

  • 8 August, 2019 –  Bellarine Community Health Centre, 39 Fenwick Street, Portarlington
  • 10 August, 2019 –  Waurn Ponds Library, (meeting room) 230 Pioneer Road, Grovedale
  • 15 August, 2019 –  Lara Hall, 1B Flinders Ave, Lara
  • 22 August, 2019 – fOrt Youth Centre, Cnr Melbourne and St. George Rds, Norlane

 

After the survey, the identified needs will be prioritised and dealt with as funds become available (for have your say on issues that concern you – the more feedback, the higher the priority).

Northern Bike Paths – Sunday 21st July, 2019

Kelly led five riders (Kelly, Karen, Helen, Richard and Dave S) on a most enjoyable circuit from Federal Mills in North Geelong, to North Shore, Bell Park to the Ted Wilson Trail.  Shared paths were available for almost all of this section, though, with debris on the path tunnel under Thompson Road, a road detour was made.

The ride continued to Ballarat Road and along a newly resealed path to Ballan Road, where lack of infrastructure makes the turn into Creamery Road difficult.  From Creamery Road, the cyclists turned downhill along Bluestone Bridge Road and under the railway line to return to the Ted Wilson Trail, which was followed north to its end at Broderick Road.  The return journey was around the waterfront paths.

Coffee was at Pickers Union and the Federal Mills.

Thanks to Kelly, ride leader for this interesting ride.