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.

Were you out riding of Friday? Were you assaulted too?

This incident came to our attention today.

A local cyclist was riding back from Anglesea on Friday morning when he was struck on the back by an egg thrown from a car. The following car swerved into the bike lane just missing him tooting its horn. Fortunately he didn’t fall off but was shocked.
Riding into Torquay he thought he would check the McDonald’s car park and sure enough both cars were parked there. After photographing them he headed to the Police station opposite.
The police were quick to respond and after interviewing  those responsible and obtaining admissions are looking to charge them.
The Torquay Police would be interested in hearing from anyone else who was hit by eggs on Friday, as the cyclist involved has a feeling he was not the only one.

Please pass this message on to any other cyclists you know may have been cycling in the Anglesea-Torquay area on Friday.

A Penny Farthing for your thoughts: Sunday 28th June, 2015

Three cyclists, Michael L, David F and Helen took part in this morning’s ride which was a circuit from South Barwon Reserve to the historic bikes exhibition at 123 Retro Antiques this weekend.

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Conditions were perfect for a ride west to near Mount Moriac before circling back down the old Waurn Ponds section of the highway and up Pigdon Street past Deakin University.  Here we noted two different versions of bike lane marking – one very unsafe and one sensible at the two entrances to the campus.

Lower Deakin entrance. Bike lane is to left of turn left lane. Cyclists must cross this fast moving traffic lane to go straight ahead.

Lower Deakin entrance. Bike lane is to left of turn left lane. Cyclists must cross this fast moving traffic lane to go straight ahead.

Upper Deakin entrance. Bike lane goes straight ahead. Left turning traffic must give way to cyclists before entering the left turn lane.

Upper Deakin entrance. Bike lane goes straight ahead. Left turning traffic must give way to cyclists before entering the left turn lane.

As it was a Sunday, and an semester break for students, there was little traffic entering the university.  Normally there is a great deal of fast moving traffic.  To make the upper entrance even safer, green treatment of the lane would remind motorists to give way.

The riders continued through Highton Village, Balyang Santuary and rode along Pakington Street to the coffee and historic bike stop in North Geelong.  Two other Cycling Geelong members were already there – Rod, complete in retro cycling gear, and Heather.   The display of bikes from the collections of three locals – Stuart, Robin and Daryl – was extensive and interesting, bridging the era from an 1818 hobby horse to modern road bikes, with everything from bone shakers and high wheelers to ladies bikes, tricycles, children’s bikes and “skate-board” simulating bikes.  There was a bike for on water, and an early front wheel drive exercise bike.

The cyclists returned to South Barwon Reserve via the waterfront and the Breakwater.

I recommend these medium distance, leisurely rides to all club members.  The distance was around 45 km, the roads quiet and sealed, and, as usual, the company superb.

Bailey Street path bridge re-opens

For some weeks the bike path from Waurn Ponds Creek path t0 Bailey Street South, has been closed due to bridge replacement.

This path is now open – with a new, much wider concrete bridge.  Thanks to our CoGG maintenance department.

(On the grapevine we hear that the narrow bridge at Marnock Vale on the Barwon River Trail is to be replaced by one similar to that on Bailey Street.)

Barwon River Path: works and detours

Pathway works on Barwon River near Queens Park Golf Course

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Geelong Council will start works along the Barwon River pedestrian and cycling path near the Queens Park Golf Course at the beginning of next week.

The works involved moving two sections of the path away from the river embankment to ensure future path stability is’t compromised due to erosion.

The works will also enable bank stabilisation and re-vegetation works to be undertaken including the removal of any non-native trees and replanting of local indigenous species.

Disruption to users of the path will be minimised with bypass routes in place during the works.

Pedestrians and cyclists are urged to take care when using alternative routes and to adhere to signage displayed at both ends of the works.

Works to the path will start on Monday 23 February and are expected to take about a month to complete.

Magpie Alert – Barwon River Path

It’s almost spring and the magpies have started their annual swooping.

Two (at least) are active around the river path

  • near the boat ramp near the criterium track
  • near the turnoff to Riversdale Road (near Balyang Sanctuary)

Magpies near Showgrounds and at Mount Duneed:

  • Just outside the main entrance to the Showgrounds on Breakwater Road. The bird is nesting in the big gum tree near the gate.
  • Surfcoast Highway just before the Mount Duneed Roundabout on the Geelong bound side. This bird is at this spot every year and it is very persistent in its swooping.

Please let us know if you have any other sightings and we’ll keep updating!