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.

Brimbank Park via Maribyrnong River – Sunday, 26th May, 2019

Thanks to Robert Turnour (ride leader) for this report

Trusting the weather report that rain would hold off until later in the day, Hermann, Dirk and Barbara and I set off on the lastest City Ride; a circuit from Sunshine Station to Brimbank Park, Keilor East, then back along the Maribrynong River Trail to Footscray and back to Southern Cross Station.

We got underway from Sunshine Station just before 1pm riding into a westerly / northwesterly wind. We rode past Albion Station picking up St Albans Road which took us to a path that runs adjacent to the Western Ring Road. This path took us to Brimbank Park crossing the Ted Witten Bridge on the way.

We enjoyed a lunch break at the Kiosk/Cafe which is run by Lumber and Co at the Visitors Centre at the Park. The Kiosk/Cafe will develop further over time as the business develops. They provided a toastie/coffee deal for us which we enjoyed.

Following lunch we located the River Path which is an unsealed track to around Essendon West. Some sections had blue metal which made traveling on a roadie a bit challenging. We rode, or walked at times, to stay safe and avoid any falls. The River Valley was a peaceful place to ride through. We spotted a number of birds including some fairly relaxed grass parrots. The traffic, pedestrians and other cyclists, was sparse on the upper end. It increased as we got closer to the more populated areas around Avondale Heights.

There is a terrific view of the City from a lookout at Lily Park, Essendon West. The  Park is on the opposite side of the River from the old Maribrynong Munitions Factory. The ride from there flows well along well made and established paths. It took us back passed the Angler’s Tavern at Maribrynong and Pipe Makers Park.  At Footscray, we got onto the path that runs adjacent to Footscray Road.  We followed it back to Docklands then back up Collins Street to Southern Cross Station where we caught the 5.10 service back to Geelong; with plenty of time to spare. We were assisted with a tail wind for most of the ride back from Brimbank Park.

Timing is everything; we enjoyed a great day of cycling arriving back home before the heavy rain storm went through around 7.00pm. Very thankful for that.

Robert Turnour

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Warburton Rail Trail – Sunday, 19th May, 2019

Thanks to Allan Marshall, ride leader extraordinaire, for this report and photos.

We left the Leisure time carpark at about 8am with all bikes onboard Allan’s car and the trailer (on Georges car). We got to Altona & Allan’s car computer was saying to check the engine nothing he could do but lift the bonnet & slam it down again, started it up and continued on again. Then it happened again in Ringwood stopped and started again.  We  had lost George – thank goodness for mobile phones!   In our confusion we lost the page to some of the main Roads there but Karen saved the day with Google and a new route through Lilydale.  After all this we arrived there 15 minutes late.

At Launching Place we saw another bike trailer with a much easier securing system for the bikes.  It holds 10 bikes but, if we set up ours like it, ours could hold 12.

Everyone liked this ride. We had a fair look around Warburton,   Allan took a video of some of the ride and some interesting things in the town (hopefully we’ll add this to the report soon).  All 10 of us were very tired when we got back to the cars at Mt Evelyn. We had a good meal and a great mug of coffee at the Bakery before a bit of sight seeing. We left it up to George to take us home.  It was a little different, but he got us there. Thanks to all of you who came on this ride.  You made an ageing member’s* day.  I enjoyed being with you all.  I will see you out on the trails sometime.

Cheers Allan

Ride Statistics

  • Ride Leader – Allan
  • 10 cyclists – George, Karen, Kelly, Sally, Kevin, Richard, Russell, Jeff, Carla and Allan
  • Distance 64km (there and back on rail trail) = a total of 640km!
  • Departure time (from Geelong) 7.30am.
  • Return time 6.30pm
  • Injuries – NIL
  • Weather – perfect!
  • Black spots – none
  • Happy cyclists – 10!

*A good few Cycling Geelong members helped celebrate Allan’s 80th birthday last year at Oppy’s Bistro.

 

Geelong Principal Bicycle Network – one step closer

SOUTHERN LINK APPROVED BY CITY OF GREATER GEELONG

After years of research and consultation, the Southern Link (Stages 1 & 2) were approved as recommended at last night’s meeting of Geelong City Council.

This means that Geelong will have separated cycling infrastructure from the foreshore, along Gheringhap Street, Carr Street, Moorabool Street and High Street Belmont, then along Colac Road to Waurn Ponds.

North-South bikeway – recommended route

After a robust discussion, the Southern Link Parts 1 & 2 were approved 6 votes to 3.

TAC funding is in place for Stage 1 – from Geelong City to the Barwon River, and work should begin as soon as the finalisation of detailed engineering of intersections and drive crossings has been completed.

We hope that this work is completed quickly, so as to reduce disruption for road users, businesses and the public.

Along with the Western Link, already approved, from the CBD to Minerva Road, this creates the first of a grid of safe cycling routes linking business, retail, and education hubs in our city.

We already have the beginning of an Eastern Link – with the shared path through Eastern Park, which will eventually link with the Western Link via the Green Spine bike path along Malop Street.

Green Spine – artist’s impression

Green Spine Stage 1 – completed section from Moorabool Street to Yarra Street

Geelong North-South cycling route – URGENT HELP NEEDED

Geelong – Cycle City – It’s crunch time!We need the support of all cyclists to ensure that the vital North South bike route becomes a reality.

Geelong City Council will vote on Tuesday, April 30th.  After extensive research and community feedback, council officers have found the best route and the are recommending a separated path as the safest option.

North-South bikeway – recommended route

However, a small but very vocal group of traders is lobbying hard to oppose any change to the existing road structure.

Help ensure your own and other bike riders’ safe cycling by coming along to the meeting, asking a question, and lobbying your elected Councillors.

  • Contact Councillors.  Find your ward councillors here. Send an email or make contact them by phone.
  • Attend the council meeting: Tuesday, April 30th, 7.00pm – Geelong City Hall, Gheringhap Street, Geelong (Meeting agenda available by 5pm, Friday 26th April here.)
  • Ask a question at the meeting.  (Questions need to be submitted by noon, Tuesday 30th April on the CoGG website.  You must be present at the meeting to ask your question in person.)

Build it and they will come!

Commuting in Sydney

  • All around the world, when safe cycling infrastructure is provided, people will use it. 
  • In places where cycling is safe, more women choose cycling (a 50/50 female/male balance is a sure sign that people see cycling as a safe option).
  • Geelong is a perfect place to cycle – good climate, few hills, relatively compact.
  • There is a commitment from our City to improve Geelong’s cycling infrastructure
  • Bridge over railway, Little Malop Street – East-west bike corridor.

In the 1980s, Geelong was the ‘go-to’ place for best practice in cycling infrastructure.  Let’s return Geelong to its rightful place –

GEELONG – CYCLE CITY!

Examples of Australasian best practice in cycling infrastructure:

Sydney – how providing safe cycling infrastructure boosts cycling numbers and busts congestion.

 

Full Moon Ride – St Leonards – Portarlington: Saturday March 23rd, 2019

Thanks to Kevin for this ride report.  Thanks to Richard for the photos.

The full moon ride left St Leonards just after 6pm.  We rode along the path which turned out to be gravel with some sandy patches which was interesting.  Doug caught up with us at Indented Head and that made nine riders in total, we then continued on to the Portarlington Golf Club for dinner.  After the meal we rode to The Esplanade looking for the moon, alas there was too much cloud. We had a lovely ride down the road to St Leonards with some glimpses of the moon.

 

Brighton Beach – Sunday, 24th February 2019

Thanks to Ride Leader Robert for this report and photos.

We set out for Southern Cross Railway Station, Melbourne, on the 11,26am Service from South Geelong Station. It was Sunday 24 February.  Hermann and Sandra were already aboard when Linton, Margy, Jeff, Peter M, Kevin and I boarded at South Geelong. Rod and Tina joined us at Geelong Station followed by Coralie at Lara; 11 of us in total.

We departed Southern Cross Station at 1.00pm cycling west up Collins Street which took us down into Docklands and onto the path that led us across the Yarra onto South Warf where we cycled around  ‘Jeff’s Shed’ making our way around to the path besides Normanby Road, that follows the route of the light rail to Port Melbourne.

On arriving at Port Melbourne, we linked up with the Bay Trail which took us past Middle Park, South Melbourne, St Kilda and Elsternwick  Beaches as we made our way to North Point Cafe at Brighton.

It was a beautiful day, the ocean was a lovely blue, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and there were many people out making the most of it; cycling, walking, skating, swimming, skiing, kite surfing, sky diving, playing beach volley ball or beach netball (there’s a new one!) to name a few of the activities.

We tentatively made our way through the busy area around St Kilda Beach but overall we didn’t have any real dramas. We just went at a steady past and kept an eye out for the unexpected; riding to the conditions.

We arrived at the Cafe at Brighton around 2,30 having covered about 20ks from Southern Cross Station.

We got our return journey back underway about 3.30 after an enjoyable break, some food and, for some, a nice coffee.

We retraced the route back to Port Melbourne where a P & O cruise ship was disembarking.

We continued on through Port Melbourne along the Bay Trail  to the West Gate Bridge where we followed a path that wound through West Gate Park and onto the Yarra.

Following the Yarra the path brought us onto Lorimer Street which led us back to a spot where we could get back onto South Warf, and from there, make our way back through Docklands to Collins Street and up the hill to Southern Cross.

By the time we got to the train it had 5 mins before departed which allowed us enough time to get the bikes on and ourselves sorted. Some of needed to stand until we got to a few stops past the City. There were a few tired bods on board but a great afternoons cycling was enjoyed by all.

Robert

 

Full Moon Ride to Oppy’s Bistro: Saturday, 16th February, 2019

Thanks to ride leader Tina for this report.

We met at Lara train station at 6pm. A pleasant ride in daylight. Kevin led the ride and Tina fetched up the rear. We had an enjoyable meal at Norlane Hotel at Oppy’s Bistro. Nick, Karen’s husband met us there for a meal.

We rode back just as it was beginning to get dark. Two highlights, Bernie who has not ridden in 3 months joined us. It was her first ever experience of cycling in the dark. Her lights were not particularly bright but she nestled in between two riders whose lights lit up her path. She was thrilled with her experience. The other highlight was David Salamy brought along a speaker and played music all MOON themes. Some of us sang along as we rode along happily.

The weather was fine. A little head wind on the way out. Quite still on our return. Cloudy so not ideal to see the moon. The position of the moon on our return was directly in front of us which was the aim. Thanks to Kevin.