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.
Five riders set off from Rippleside, under the leadership of Dave Simpson – Dirk, Barbara, Kevin and Helen.
The ride went along the new path beside Balmoral Quay, then to Limeburners Lagoon via Lascelles Wharf, and on to Lara via Hovells Creek. As usual, there was flooding under the highway (made worse by a new curb which, instead of holding the creek waters back, stops the water from draining off the path. (This issue has been added to the current survey into shared paths.*)
Coffee was a X-presso, before a return on much the same route.
Thanks to ride leader and all riders.
Near Corio Quay North
City of Geelong – Shared Trails Masterplan
* The City is surveying shared paths throughout the region, asking for feedback and suggestions. In particular, the aim will be to fill gaps where paths do not join up, and solve issues. There are several more face to face sessions, and an online map, on which you can add your comments, upload photos and view issues raised by others. Please add your feedback – you are the expert on paths you use frequently.
- 8 August, 2019 – Bellarine Community Health Centre, 39 Fenwick Street, Portarlington
- 10 August, 2019 – Waurn Ponds Library, (meeting room) 230 Pioneer Road, Grovedale
- 15 August, 2019 – Lara Hall, 1B Flinders Ave, Lara
- 22 August, 2019 – fOrt Youth Centre, Cnr Melbourne and St. George Rds, Norlane
After the survey, the identified needs will be prioritised and dealt with as funds become available (for have your say on issues that concern you – the more feedback, the higher the priority).
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.
Herman led 32 cyclists on the Barwon River path. It was a perfect morning for cycling – cool, still and with a general feel of relaxed recreation among path users. Due to the holiday weekend for Easter, the Barwon Edge had a surcharge of 15%, which was a problem for a few of the group. However, the relaxed mood continued with lots of chatter and discussion before the riders dispersed to go home their own way.
Thanks to Herman for leading this morning’s ride.
Next week – Doug has organised to have a PASS BOX fitted to his bike and a couple of people will be at Barwon Edge to fit this after the river ride next Saturday. PASS BOX is a measuring device to measure how close other vehicles come as they pass bicycles. The aim of this is survey is to see just how much of an issue this is, and to see how motorist behaviour changes over time. The Melbourne Bicycle Users Group are seeking other Geelong cyclists who ride on the roads around Geelong. If you’re interested, please fill out the registration survey at http://passbox.org/.