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.

 

 

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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.