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SOUTHERN LINK APPROVED BY CITY OF GREATER GEELONG
After years of research and consultation, the Southern Link (Stages 1 & 2) were approved as recommended at last night’s meeting of Geelong City Council.
This means that Geelong will have separated cycling infrastructure from the foreshore, along Gheringhap Street, Carr Street, Moorabool Street and High Street Belmont, then along Colac Road to Waurn Ponds.
After a robust discussion, the Southern Link Parts 1 & 2 were approved 6 votes to 3.
TAC funding is in place for Stage 1 – from Geelong City to the Barwon River, and work should begin as soon as the finalisation of detailed engineering of intersections and drive crossings has been completed.
We hope that this work is completed quickly, so as to reduce disruption for road users, businesses and the public.
Along with the Western Link, already approved, from the CBD to Minerva Road, this creates the first of a grid of safe cycling routes linking business, retail, and education hubs in our city.
We already have the beginning of an Eastern Link – with the shared path through Eastern Park, which will eventually link with the Western Link via the Green Spine bike path along Malop Street.
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.
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!
- 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
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:
We had 7 riders at the start at Rippleside – Sandra, David J, Herman, Allan M, Kelly, Dave S and guest rider Sylvia, who had driven down from Werribee just to ride with us 🙂
We rode around the familiar Bay and Hovells Creek trails, into a pretty strong N wind, which we hoped would stay and turn into a tail wind for the return journey (it did 🙂
As was the case last year, all the usual coffee stops in Lara were closed for Easter so we ended up at McDonald’s, where there is now a bike rack outside! It turned out to be a good move for those who had their Seniors Card, free coffee with a food purchase, so a $2 hot cross bun made for a cheap coffee stop! And I had brought a supply of Easter Eggs so we had ample sugar intake to fuel us for the ride home.
Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride, and Happy Easter!
Thanks to Peter J from the GTC for this report (and the great pics) on our joint ride Sunday 14th April:
Just 4 riders for our little run along the cliffs from Torquay to Anglesea, John M, Chris Ha, Peter J and our leader from Cycling Geelong, Dave S. It was a lovely day, lots of Sun and a light breeze. We followed the paths along the cliffs through Torquay, past the RACV Golf Resort and Jan Juc to Bells Beach where the Surf Classic is already under way, amazing the infrastructure set up on the cliff tops. A short run along the road and then we plunged back into the bush along a wide dirt track in front of the houses set in the bush. Looks good but not if there is a bushfire about. Followed a gravel road for a while with some good downhills but of course you get nothing for free and we had to climb out eventually. Some of the track is closed off for repairs and some because of dangerous cliff collapse but some good bypass track has been put in around and through the heather on the hillside. Passed by the Caravan Park, well supported by campers with lots of bikes and kids about. Hit the River and wended our way to the Café and enjoyed a well earned break before heading back along a slightly different route until we could get back on the cliff top track. Returned through Jan Juc as we considered the path would be super busy around Torquay.
A most enjoyable mornings ride, Thanks Dave!
Cheers, Peter J.
Thanks to Kevin for this ride report. Thanks to Richard for the photos.
The full moon ride left St Leonards just after 6pm. We rode along the path which turned out to be gravel with some sandy patches which was interesting. Doug caught up with us at Indented Head and that made nine riders in total, we then continued on to the Portarlington Golf Club for dinner. After the meal we rode to The Esplanade looking for the moon, alas there was too much cloud. We had a lovely ride down the road to St Leonards with some glimpses of the moon.
Thanks to Ride Leader Robert for this report and photos.
We set out for Southern Cross Railway Station, Melbourne, on the 11,26am Service from South Geelong Station. It was Sunday 24 February. Hermann and Sandra were already aboard when Linton, Margy, Jeff, Peter M, Kevin and I boarded at South Geelong. Rod and Tina joined us at Geelong Station followed by Coralie at Lara; 11 of us in total.
We departed Southern Cross Station at 1.00pm cycling west up Collins Street which took us down into Docklands and onto the path that led us across the Yarra onto South Warf where we cycled around ‘Jeff’s Shed’ making our way around to the path besides Normanby Road, that follows the route of the light rail to Port Melbourne.
On arriving at Port Melbourne, we linked up with the Bay Trail which took us past Middle Park, South Melbourne, St Kilda and Elsternwick Beaches as we made our way to North Point Cafe at Brighton.
It was a beautiful day, the ocean was a lovely blue, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and there were many people out making the most of it; cycling, walking, skating, swimming, skiing, kite surfing, sky diving, playing beach volley ball or beach netball (there’s a new one!) to name a few of the activities.
We tentatively made our way through the busy area around St Kilda Beach but overall we didn’t have any real dramas. We just went at a steady past and kept an eye out for the unexpected; riding to the conditions.
We arrived at the Cafe at Brighton around 2,30 having covered about 20ks from Southern Cross Station.
We got our return journey back underway about 3.30 after an enjoyable break, some food and, for some, a nice coffee.
We retraced the route back to Port Melbourne where a P & O cruise ship was disembarking.
We continued on through Port Melbourne along the Bay Trail to the West Gate Bridge where we followed a path that wound through West Gate Park and onto the Yarra.
Following the Yarra the path brought us onto Lorimer Street which led us back to a spot where we could get back onto South Warf, and from there, make our way back through Docklands to Collins Street and up the hill to Southern Cross.
By the time we got to the train it had 5 mins before departed which allowed us enough time to get the bikes on and ourselves sorted. Some of needed to stand until we got to a few stops past the City. There were a few tired bods on board but a great afternoons cycling was enjoyed by all.
Thanks to ride leader Tina for this report.
We met at Lara train station at 6pm. A pleasant ride in daylight. Kevin led the ride and Tina fetched up the rear. We had an enjoyable meal at Norlane Hotel at Oppy’s Bistro. Nick, Karen’s husband met us there for a meal.
We rode back just as it was beginning to get dark. Two highlights, Bernie who has not ridden in 3 months joined us. It was her first ever experience of cycling in the dark. Her lights were not particularly bright but she nestled in between two riders whose lights lit up her path. She was thrilled with her experience. The other highlight was David Salamy brought along a speaker and played music all MOON themes. Some of us sang along as we rode along happily.
The weather was fine. A little head wind on the way out. Quite still on our return. Cloudy so not ideal to see the moon. The position of the moon on our return was directly in front of us which was the aim. Thanks to Kevin.