Marx wrote:Didn't Geelong get on-the-road bike lanes before they started to appear in Melbourne? I remeber my dad pointing them out to us kids in the late '70s when we used to drive through there.
Geelong got the Geelong Bike Plan - first ever bikeplan in Australia - in 1977. It came complete with the 4 E's: Education, Encouragement, Engineering and Enforcement. Note that bike paths (engineering) is only one part of the overall mix. The real expansion of on-road bike lanes and separated bike paths (oops, shared paths) came about several years after the Geelong Bike Plan, and then came to be seen as the major initiative to boost cycling, when really the other E's are far more important. Shared paths also solved the problems of a few other road-user groups - notably motorists who see it as a great way to get cyclists off "their roads"; and pedestrians and dog-walkers who enjoyed the new walking trails
Trouble is that what's been missing over the longer term I believe is the 5th E - Expenditure