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.
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.
To promote the safety of separated bicycle infrastructure, these kids have produced a music video…
Please find the time to comment on Geelong’s proposed new cycling infrastructure – https://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/yoursay/item/8d51c8881af246e.aspx
To view the detailed plans, there’s one final drop-in session from 3-6pm, next Tuesday (February 13th) from 3-6pm.
Let the strength of our cycling voices lead to positive, safe cycling infrastructure!
The City of Geelong’s long awaited elections are now in progress. Your votes need to be posted by next Friday, October 27th.
As cyclists, we know you’re committed to safe cycling and improved cycling facilities. When making your voting decisions, consider asking your local candidates about their commitment to cycling.
Ask targeted questions like:
- Do you ride a bike?/When was the last time you rode one? (We know, for example, that Mik Aidt, a candidate in Brownbill, rides a cargo bike in his election campaigning.)
- How would you improve cycling facilities (add the name of the area where you live) … e.g. Drysdale, City Centre, Bellarine Rail Trail?
- Are you aware of the Principal Bicycle Network? How committed are you to ensuring that this becomes reality? To which routes would you give priority?
- What are your priorities for improving cycling safety throughout Geelong?
- How would you improve safe cycling routes to … (name the school where your children attend)?
You can find contact details for all candidates on the Electoral Commission website.
Do your homework to find the very best council to promote Geelong as a SAFE CYCLING CITY.
Around 30 members attended the dinner meeting on Tuesday, May 16th, at the Belmont Hotel.
The guest speaker was Luke Sherwell, Active Transport Officer with City of Greater Geelong. Luke talked about the types of issues that are faced in providing safe cycling infrastructure, and showed examples of international and local solutions. He also fielded questions about issues faced by our members.
Luke Sherwell talked about cycling infrastructure for Geelong
Around 30 people attended the dinner meeting
Dave has cycled the Bellarine Rail Trail that day, and brought along a large number of photos of problems with the unsealed section from Drysdale to Queenscliff.
Soft edges and puddles
Sandy loose surface
Loose surface – impassable for most bikes
Deep pothole/ washaway
Water over path
Water pooling over path
Other issues included the poor shoulders on Bacchus Marsh Road, the unsealed section of the Barwon River circuit at Fyansford, closure of southern end of the Ted Wilson Trail and dangerous railings at head height on the new bridges over Waurn Ponds Creek.
Railings at head height on Waurn Ponds Path
Closure of Ted Wilson Trail at Church street – photo posted in August 2017 when the path had been closed for 6 months.
disappearing bike lane near Lara Football Ground
The only remaining unsealed section of the Barwon River Circuit
Vicki Perrett talked about the pilot program of Cycling Without Age which will be starting soon. Cycling Without Age involves the provision of electric rickshaws to be based in aged care facilities. Volunteer cyclists take residents on bike rides – to shops, sight-seeing, for appointments etc. The program began in Denmark and is now all over the world, including in two places in Melbourne. Multi-Cultural Aged Care in North Geelong are purchasing one bicycle, and there are plans to fund raise for a second.
It is hoped that a number of Cycling Geelong members will be among the volunteer bike pilots for this program.
Cycling without age – Sandringham
Stopping for a tea break
Thanks to guest speaker Luke Sherwell, and to Stephanie and Geoff our social secretaries for organising this most successful evening.
Tuesday, May 16th, Belmont Hotel. Dinner from 6pm. The meeting will start around 7.30pm. Bookings with Stephanie please (or phone Geoff 0423850465).
The speaker for this meeting is Luke Sherwell, Sustainable Transport Officer with the City of Greater Geelong.
This meeting is important.
- Find out the City’s priorities for cycling infrastructure – like the Principal Bicycle Network;
- Show you care about what is happening to make cycling safer and more enjoyable;
- Being along your questions. It’s YOU as cyclist, who sees the issues where you ride;
- Bring along your ideas and vision for Geelong – Cycling City.
Ted Wilson Trail at Church Street – Still closed on Friday May 12th – the original sign, stating the path would close for 1 month from 8th February.
New crossing on BRT at Drysdale. Upgrade on sealed shoulders.
Abrupt bike lane end – Mill Road Lara.
Ted Wilson Trail – poor visibility of traffic entering ring road where cyclists cross the road