Geelong North-South cycling route – URGENT HELP NEEDED

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:

Sydney – how providing safe cycling infrastructure boosts cycling numbers and busts congestion.

 

Have your say on the proposed north-south bike route – Moorabool Street section

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.

 

 

Off road path in Eastern Park

Another vital link in Geelong’s Principal Bicycle Network

The long awaited off-road link between Boundary Road, East Geelong, and Garden Street, was launched yesterday.  Around 20 cyclists and others attended.  Despite the rain, the path was already in use.

There will be improved access to Garden Street, with a dedicated bike lane south-bound, and a centre of the road island for those going north.

Joint Ride to Barwon Heads: Sunday, 14th September, 2014

8:30am – Rippleside Park – 6 riders from GTC, 1 from Cycling Geelong.  Where were you?  The cycling conditions were perfect:  the company on joint rides is always congenial: the distance was less than 70km.  Ride sheet completed, Helen led (mainly from behind) David I, Rolf, Peter M (recently returned from shadowing the TDF – and riding all the climbs!), Marie, Zolenko and Ian F.  to Barwon Heads.

As Helen had attended a Strategic Cycling Corridors*  meeting last week, she led the group along the route of the southern SCC – up Gheringhap, and down Moorabool Street to the Barwon Bridge.  From there it was along Barwon Heads Road, Lake Road (where a small dog enjoyed ‘savaging’ the group), and along Thirteenth Beach.  This gave the faster riders the opportunity to stretch their legs.  (It’s impressive the way faster riders are prepared to stop and wait when there is a disparity of abilities.  Thanks!)
Coffee was at Annie’s Provedore where a rare outside table was available.  The usual cycology and philosophical discussions ensued before the group headed over the bridge to Ocean Grove, along Grubb Road and then along Portarlington Road back to Geelong.  With the all clear from the leader (puffing along undaunted a ‘little’ behind the main bunch) David, Peter, Rolf and Solenko cruised away and were soon lost to view.  At a more sedate speed, Ian and Helen enjoyed the mainly downhill run to Geelong where they rejoined Marie (who was riding very strongly as usual) before entering the urban area triumphant to have completed yet another super cycling circuit.
Thanks to all riders – young and old, fast and slow**.  Keep those pedals turning.

*Strategic cycling corridors are short (5-10km) routes that attract/will attract the highest number of cyclists within a reasonable timeframe (less than 5 years).  They are part of the Principal Bicycle network and are given higher priority.  The aim is to fund these to create separated, state of the art, bike paths that will attract people onto bikes for shorted trips. This is certainly succeeding in Melbourne where thousands of cyclists daily use, for example the off-road route along Footscray Road. The Principal Bicycle Network has now been identified for Geelong, and initial Strategic Cycling Corridors identified from north, south, east and west.  (Attending meetings are Vic Roads, CoGG, Bike Safe, and cycling club representatives.)

(For more of the criteria for the PBN or SCCs, ask Helen .  As soon as the SCCs are identified, they will be circulated.)

**The ‘slow’ group’s average was 23+kph.