The planned protest meeting and bike ride along the Green Spine this Friday has been cancelled due to Covid-19.
THE GREEN SPINE ACTION –
Come along to the Green Spine tomorrow
I will be taking photos, and talking to pedestrians and cyclists using the Green Spine tomorrow, between around 11am and 1pm. If you can, and would like to ride the spine during that time, it would be good to see lots of action.
Other actions to take
- keep talking about the Green Spine – most users are positive about the current spine. (I have SAVE OUR GREEN SPINE t-shirts – a good conversation starter. Contact me if you would like one.)
- keep messaging/emailing our councilors asking them to change this decision. If you can, engage in a dialogue with our councilors. (Contact details are on the Council Website).
- Ride the Green Spine whenever you’re riding in or near Geelong’s CBD.
BACKGROUND to the proposed modification to the Green Spine
Several weeks ago Geelong City Council narrowly voted to change the Malop Street Green Spine, removing the bike path on the northern (Corio Bay) side, and adding more parking for cars, and motor vehicle turning lanes. The motion was carried by one vote – 6 for, 5 against.
Many Cycling Geelong members were at an initial meeting to discuss ways to have this decision reversed and keep the Green Spine in its current form, and continue as originally planned from Gheringhap Street to Eastern Park.
A second event, due to happen this Friday at City Hall, has been cancelled due to Covid-19.
To date, no actual draft design exists to change the spine. Different councilors, who voted for the motion to give more space to motor vehicles on the Green Spine, responding to individuals, have given contrary views about the reasons for this, and what will happen. For example, one councilor says that it’s about his right to park where he likes. Another says that no vegetation will be removed on the northern side (the original motion calls for the Spine infrastructure to stay on the southern side, but does not ). He also stated that the southern bike path will be widened to accommodate 2-way bicycle traffic. For this to happen, either the southern vegetation and infrastructure would be compromised, or road space would be lost to the widened bicycle path. Either of these options would mean more disruption along both sides of the Green Spine, with a negative effect on the traders and people accessing the area.