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Just 2 riders at the start today, Dave S from CG and John M from GTC. We waited an extra 15 minutes hoping that some more people would show but then headed off and did the planned ride. We had a very nice tail wind all the way to Ocean Grove and set a fast pace! While waiting in the queue at the Cheeky Cow for coffee we met John H, who was out walking and taking some photos. We then had a bit of a head wind back via the Bellarine Hwy to Leopold. A very enjoyable ride, and we managed to avoid the rain!
We had 10 riders at the start today, braving the rather chilly weather. Luckily the rain held off for our ride to Drysdale.
We had a bonus today, courtesy of some work by Doug, we had a group picture taken on the newly sealed section of the Bellarine Rail Trail at Leopold by a photographer from the Bellarine Echo newspaper. Hopefully we will see the picture and story (and some publicity for the club) in next week’s paper. Thanks Doug!
Thanks to Robert Turnour (ride leader) for this report
Trusting the weather report that rain would hold off until later in the day, Hermann, Dirk and Barbara and I set off on the lastest City Ride; a circuit from Sunshine Station to Brimbank Park, Keilor East, then back along the Maribrynong River Trail to Footscray and back to Southern Cross Station.
We got underway from Sunshine Station just before 1pm riding into a westerly / northwesterly wind. We rode past Albion Station picking up St Albans Road which took us to a path that runs adjacent to the Western Ring Road. This path took us to Brimbank Park crossing the Ted Witten Bridge on the way.
We enjoyed a lunch break at the Kiosk/Cafe which is run by Lumber and Co at the Visitors Centre at the Park. The Kiosk/Cafe will develop further over time as the business develops. They provided a toastie/coffee deal for us which we enjoyed.
Following lunch we located the River Path which is an unsealed track to around Essendon West. Some sections had blue metal which made traveling on a roadie a bit challenging. We rode, or walked at times, to stay safe and avoid any falls. The River Valley was a peaceful place to ride through. We spotted a number of birds including some fairly relaxed grass parrots. The traffic, pedestrians and other cyclists, was sparse on the upper end. It increased as we got closer to the more populated areas around Avondale Heights.
There is a terrific view of the City from a lookout at Lily Park, Essendon West. The Park is on the opposite side of the River from the old Maribrynong Munitions Factory. The ride from there flows well along well made and established paths. It took us back passed the Angler’s Tavern at Maribrynong and Pipe Makers Park. At Footscray, we got onto the path that runs adjacent to Footscray Road. We followed it back to Docklands then back up Collins Street to Southern Cross Station where we caught the 5.10 service back to Geelong; with plenty of time to spare. We were assisted with a tail wind for most of the ride back from Brimbank Park.
Timing is everything; we enjoyed a great day of cycling arriving back home before the heavy rain storm went through around 7.00pm. Very thankful for that.
Thanks to Allan Marshall, ride leader extraordinaire, for this report and photos.
We left the Leisure time carpark at about 8am with all bikes onboard Allan’s car and the trailer (on Georges car). We got to Altona & Allan’s car computer was saying to check the engine nothing he could do but lift the bonnet & slam it down again, started it up and continued on again. Then it happened again in Ringwood stopped and started again. We had lost George – thank goodness for mobile phones! In our confusion we lost the page to some of the main Roads there but Karen saved the day with Google and a new route through Lilydale. After all this we arrived there 15 minutes late.
At Launching Place we saw another bike trailer with a much easier securing system for the bikes. It holds 10 bikes but, if we set up ours like it, ours could hold 12.
Everyone liked this ride. We had a fair look around Warburton, Allan took a video of some of the ride and some interesting things in the town (hopefully we’ll add this to the report soon). All 10 of us were very tired when we got back to the cars at Mt Evelyn. We had a good meal and a great mug of coffee at the Bakery before a bit of sight seeing. We left it up to George to take us home. It was a little different, but he got us there. Thanks to all of you who came on this ride. You made an ageing member’s* day. I enjoyed being with you all. I will see you out on the trails sometime.
- Ride Leader – Allan
- 10 cyclists – George, Karen, Kelly, Sally, Kevin, Richard, Russell, Jeff, Carla and Allan
- Distance 64km (there and back on rail trail) = a total of 640km!
- Departure time (from Geelong) 7.30am.
- Return time 6.30pm
- Injuries – NIL
- Weather – perfect!
- Black spots – none
- Happy cyclists – 10!
*A good few Cycling Geelong members helped celebrate Allan’s 80th birthday last year at Oppy’s Bistro.
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!