Ted Wilson Trail Update

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!

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.

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Support new Cycling Infrastructure for Geelong – have your say

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!

Elections: Have you asked your local candidates if they’re committed to sustainable transport?

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.

Luke Sherwell at Club meeting

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thanks to guest speaker Luke Sherwell, and to Stephanie and Geoff our social secretaries for organising this most successful evening.

What’s in store for cycling in Geelong? Come to the Cycling Geelong Dinner Meeting

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.

 

Your riding can improve our cycling infrastructure

Did you know that, just by the act of riding, you can help show our council, and others who provide infrastructure, where cycling facilities are needed?

The blue areas show ‘hot’ spots for cycling (Strava heat map 2015)

Most people have a smart phone these days.  More and more cyclists are relying on their phones for much more than just making phone calls.  As a cyclist, your phone can record how far you ride, and keep an annual log of your distance!  It can also tell you other things like where you have ridden and how fast, and lots of other data that, up until now, needed a bike computer or sophisticated GPS tracker like Garmin.

To change your phone to a bicycle computer, you need an app.  The most commonly used one for cyclists is Strava.  Because of this, our governments and councils now use the raw data from Strava inform themselves about where cyclists are riding.

When you have Strava on your phone, all you need to do is turn on recording at the start of your ride, and turn it off at the end (it auto-pauses if there are pauses in your ride).  As well as informing you, the data becomes part of the whole picture.

This data only shows people riding with Strava.  If you don’t your cycling movements are only recorded if, for example, you are visually counted on Super Tuesday.

Strava map of cycling in Geelong. High Street-Moorabool Street corridor is red (highest density of cyclists). Note also, the large numbers of cyclists using Portarlington Road and Bellarine Highway to ride to Geelong from the Bellarine Peninsula.

(Click on the above map to see a comparative map of data from 2014 and 2015.  Try zooming in to the area where you ride to see where people are cycling.)

Already quite a few Cycling Geelong members use Strava to log their cycling.  It’s easy.  The ap is free (though you could, if you wished pay for a ‘premium’ service).  It’s important that we show our councils that we are cycling, and let them know where we’d like the infrastructure to be improved. For example, if you look at the Geelong map, a large number of cyclists use Moorabool Street to travel north-south.  A fair number also use High Street Belmont, despite it’s lack of safe cycling infrastructure.  It’s clear that this is a route where safe cycling infrastructure needs to be fast-tracked.  The City of Greater Geelong is progressively adding bike lanes as Moorabool Street is resurfaced, with a long term plan for a dedicated off-road cycle path, but currently the proposed routes for south of the river are sketchy and convoluted.

What the current data lacks is the riding of casual cyclists and those who use their bikes for day-to-day movement around their local area.  This data would be hugely valuable in getting infrastructure in place.  If you’d like to help, give Strava a try.

*Reading Strava heat maps.

The aqua, blue and red lines show cyclist numbers – the red is most usage.  The thicker the line, the more cyclists.

The latest news about Geelong’s cycling infrastructure

Have your say about what needs to happen next

Cycling Geelong Club Dinner – Tuesday, May 16th, Belmont Hotel (dinner from 6pm)

The guest speaker at this dinner is Luke Sherwell, Active Transport Officer for City of Greater Geelong.  Come along to hear what CoGG is doing for cyclists.  Bring your questions, and comments about how cycling infrastructure can be improved where you ride.

If you’re attending the dinner, please let Stephanie know.

 

 

Road Safety Forum City of Geelong: Thursday, March 9th

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City of Greater Geelong –Road Safety Forum

We would like to hear your views on current Road Safety issues associated within the Barwon Region. This is an opportunity to share projects and partner on shared solutions.

Guest Speaker: Jesper Solund, a Road Safety expert from Denmark who will speak on the significant reduction in the Danish road toll, similarities between Denmark and Victoria, how Road Safety is a shared responsibility and the role municipalities play in an effort to prevent road accidents.

When: Thursday March 9th  1.30pm- 2.30pm000-cogg-logo

Where: City Hall, Gheringhap St, Geelong

RSVP: CReupert@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

Ph: 5272 4160