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.”
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.
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:
La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Frome Street, Adelaide
Separated 2-way bike path, New Zealand
Sydney – how providing safe cycling infrastructure boosts cycling numbers and busts congestion.
If you read the press there has been a small, but very angry, negative response to any proposed bike route through High Street, Belmont. Despite this, the majority of respondents to the numerous city surveys has been positive.
Now there is a move from businesses in South Geelong to stop the proposed section of the route along Moorabool Street, due to a loss of all-day car parking.
If you ever travel from north to south in Geelong by bike, please have your say. There are three opportunities to view the proposed route and possible alternatives (all of which add time and hazards for cyclists) – at a marquee set up on Moorabool Street (between the Senior Citizens and GMHBA Stadium) where people can come and ask questions on the following dates:
- Thursday 14 February 8am – 12noon
- Saturday 16 February 9am – 1pm
- Tuesday 19 February 11am – 3pm
For more information about the proposed route, and downloads of maps, go to Better Bike Connections
The proposed direct route – a 2-way separated bike path on the west side of Moorabool Street from the Barwon Bridge to Carr Street, then separated bike paths each side of Gheringhap Street to the CBD and Deakin Waterfront Campus.
After a trial, the ACT government has decided to retain mandatory minimum passing distances for motorists passing cyclists. Read more in the Canberra Times article.
Do you think we should follow this lead in Victoria? Currently the law only specified a ‘safe’ passing distance and the government has funded an education campaign.
WA has a minimum passing distance of 1m for speed limits of 60kph or less and 1.5 m for speeds over 60kph.
Due to some unforeseen illnesses there are now a few places available for the ever-popular Goldfields Tour.
This year’s ride is based in St Arnaud, with rides to points of interest, including a winery lunch ride.
Allan Marshall, ride organiser, has spend many hours finding the most interesting and safest rides over this years Grandfinal Weekend.
Allan works hard to keep costs down so, if your budget it tight, you should still be able to manage this weekend. Transport and accommodation are already organised. All that’s needed is you, your bike and your overnight bag.
For you footy addicts, Saturday afternoon is reserved for the Grand Final (and there’s lots to do in the local area for those otherwise inclined).
For more details contact Allan Marshall (0418 992 672) as soon as possible (deadline September 5th so details can be finalised).
Some snaps from previous goldfields rides…
Rod & Rosemary
Kelly checks the bike trailer
Kelly and Karen in civvies
Heather’s new book has just arrived…
Russell as prosecutor
Robert tries out the feel…
A mid-ride rest
Allan in front of his grandmother’s house where he spent a lot of time in his youth. This photo was taken on Allan’s last Cycling Geelong Maryborough tour in 2010.
Church Street end now re-opened, but beware of temptation
Finally, after over a year, the Church Street end of the Ted Wilson Trail and western end of Church Street have reopened.
The shared path along Church Street that leads to the Ted Wilson Trail (newly re-opened Church Street on the left)
However, avoid the temptation of the new sweeping path down the hill to Fyansford!
Ted Wilson Trail northbound on the right.
New path to Fyansford – maybe?
The path makes and abrupt halt at the bottom of the long hill – at the edge of the estate. When it will be finished nobody knows. Cyclists need to pedal back up the hill and take the usual route along Hyland Street to access Fyansford.
“Fyansford” end of the new path from Church Street to Fyansford
Riding along the re-opened Ted Wilson Trail isn’t all roses either. The path is seriously overgrown with weeds, which are beginning to compromise the integrity of the path surface. Hopefully, CoGG will soon rectify this. (If you have Snap, Send, Solve on your phone – send in a request to have this fixed. The more people who do so, the more likelihood of fast action.)
We note that the Ted Wilson Trail is now closed between Bacchus Marsh Road and Anakie Road for 5 months from 8th January till 8th June. Cyclists detour to Matthews Road, and have to negotiate the very busy multi-land roundabout at Cox, Anakie and Matthews Road.
Path closure sign on Ted Wilson Trail near Pioneer Road.