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Greater Geelong City Council
Geelong bike lane boost
26 November 2013. Two new bike lane projects worth a total of $812,000 have been announced for the Geelong region and work is expected to begin next year.
The State Government and the City of Greater Geelong will split the costs roughly 50/50 for the projects in Waurn Ponds and Barwon Heads.
Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said a new two metre wide off-road path will be constructed along Colac Road between the Geelong Ring Road and South Valley Road.
The path will tie into the new shopping centre expansion at Waurn Ponds and connect with the local path network.
“Pedestrians from the Highton educational precinct, students from Deakin University and pedestrians from surrounding suburbs, who currently walk along the road’s edge, will benefit from a safer environment,” Mr Mulder said.
Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos welcomed the announcement. “The path in Waurn Ponds, in particular, fills a much needed missing link in the path network,” Mr Katos said.
“I am pleased that the Coalition Government, along with the City of Greater Geelong, are investing in these new paths which will encourage more people to walk and cycle while at the same time doing this in a safe manner,” Mr Katos said.
Mr Mulder said that in Barwon Heads on-road bicycle lanes would be built on Ewing Blyth Drive from the roundabout on Bridge Road to Bluff Road providing connectivity from the main shopping strip in the centre of town to the beach front.
“Ewing Blyth Drive is a key link to 13th Beach Road and to the off-road path to Torquay, one of the most popular training cycling routes in the region. Further improvements to safety on this route will attract more cyclists and provide a boost to cycling tourism in the area.”
City of Greater Geelong’s Transport portfolio holder Cr Andy Richards said the two projects would provide strategic links to further encourage cycling in the municipality.
“The two projects form part of Council’s aim to encourage cycling, both for recreation and transport, in the municipality,” Cr Richards said.
“The bike path in Waurn Ponds will service the popular shopping and civic precinct in Waurn Ponds as well as Deakin University, creating a viable alternative to car travel for locals.
“The on-road bicycle lane at Ewing Blythe Drive in Barwon Heads creates a safer, more convenient environment for both cyclists and motorists in this very busy holiday location.”
Bellarine Peninsula upgrades
15 May 2013. VicRoads will spend more than $2M to fit shoulders to five roads on the Bellarine Peninsula to reduce the risk of crashes an improve the riding experience.
The roads are vital connections for riders on the Peninsula, linking towns and popular riding circuits.
Work has started on adding 1.5 metre shoulders to Murradoc Roadd between Drysdale and St Leonards and similar shoulders will also be added to Shell Road from Marcus Hill to Point Lonsdale. Shell Road will be speed limited to 80 kph.
The other improvements will be on the Portarlington Road to Queenscliff Road and Swan Bay Road, and the Moolap Station Road/Geelong-Portarlington Road/Bellarine Highway, in Moolap.
The initiative is being funded as part of the Safer Roads Infrastructure Program.
Geelong riders - drafting of council Budget 2013/14 underway
05 March 2013. As you read this Geelong City Council is preparing its draft 2013/14 Budget. The time to act is now for more bike infrastructure funding!
Last financial year council committed $7.63 per resident on bike related infrastructure. In comparison, the City of Melbourne spent on average $50.07.
Click here to tell your Councillors to invest in bike infrastructure (E-mail contacts for local Councillors provided) in the 2013/14 Budget.
As a ratepayer and rider in the City of Geelong now is the time for Council to hear from you if you want more funding to improve the Geelong riding environment.
Bicycle Network needs your membership support to continue to campaign for improving riding conditions for all riders. Become a member and receive crash cover and support, rider information and deals and help improve riding conditions.
More information can be found in the Bicycle Expenditure Index (BiXE) report.
Bicycle Expenditure Index (BiXE) 2012
15 November 2012. The City of Greater Geelong’s BiXE rating for 2012 is $7.63. This is above the Regional Zone council average for 2012, which is $6.47. This is based upon council spending of $1,701,000 and population of 223,047.
Relevant bicycle related investment for the 2012/2013 financial year includes but is not necessarily limited to expenditure upon the following projects/programs:
• Various footpath and bike path projects
• Ritchie Boulevard footpath replacement
• Barwon River Trail alignment
• Cycle strategy implementation
• Bike infrastructure program
• Melaluka Road shared path
• Pioneer Road pedestrian/cycle bridge
• Bellarine Rail Trail maintenance/upgrade
• Design of Geelong Criterium Track Pavilion
• Ride to Work Day
• BMX facility maintenance
Additional spending sourced from external grants and funds may apply, but that is outside the scope of BiXE reporting.
The City of Greater Geelong achieved a five-year BiXE average of $3.50. This is below the Regional Zone council five-year average for 2012, which is $5.95.
See full BiXE report available here.
See media here and here.
VoteBike - Local Council Elections 2012
27 October 2012. Local council elections are being held in Victoria on October 27 2012. Bicycle Network is once again running VoteBike that allows you to engage with potential candidates on local cycling issues. We will collect statements from candidates about their commitment to cycling in Geelong and publish them on the VoteBike Facebook event page for you to comment on.
Bicycle Network has identified the following key projects for the City of Greater Geelong that need the support of local councilors:
- High Street - This is the obvious choice for residents to connect to the new Moorabool St bridge Bike Path heading to and from the Geelong CBD.
- Waurn Ponds to Marshall waterpipe trail - Use the existing water pipe corridor to provide a direct, well connected transport and recreation route to link Marshall Station, Armstrong Creek growth corridor through to Waurn Ponds and Deakin University Campus.
- Moorabool St Bridge to Barwon River trail - A link from the Moorabool St Bridge to the Barwon River Trail is needed to capitalise on these two cycling routes.
- Ride2School - Continue to provide safe routes to schools foster healthy transport options for kids and reduce peak morning traffic congestion by up to 20%.
- Outer urban planning for new developments - Planning cycling networks in new urban growth zone developments is key to providing healthy transport and recreation options for families and children.
- Curb out parking in activity centres - Get behind vibrant shopping strips by supporting on street bike parking.
To view candidate statements for Geelong go to our Find a Candidate page. Or to comment on candidate statements as well as voice your support for particular local cycling projects, visit our Facebook events page for Geelong.
VoteBike allows you to have your say and make sure your vote counts for improved cycling conditions in your local area.
Geelong coaching clinic
25 July 2012. Authorities in the Geelong region have renewed enthusiasm for moving bike facilities higher up the quality ladder in coming years.
Bicycle Network's CEO Harry Barber and Facilities Manager Jason den Hollander just spent two days in Geelong to review and discuss progress on the bike network in the area.
In meetings with the Council, VicRoads, Department of Transport and Local members of Parliament they deliberated over the priority projects and considered the emerging strategic directions of Council and the major state stakeholders.
With its wide streets and easy accessibility, Geelong is well placed to increase bike commuting numbers and local bike trips once decent infrastructure is installed.
Bicycle Network was particularly keen to progress projects such as:
We were particularly keen to progress projects such as:
- The still missing Ring Road path between Church St and Fyansford common
- Bike lanes on High Street Belmont
- The alignment of the Ring Road path on the section 4C and how it will connect from the Hams Road underpass to and through the Grovedale railway station.
- Church Street and particularly widening the Church Street bridge over the rail and Melbourne Road
- The 'Norlane Loop'
- The Bellarine Rail Trail
- upgrading existing lanes with width, green and vibraline
- Parkiteer cages and links to the station
- Armstrong Creek masterplan
- A north-South corridor link for the schools and shops around Norlane, Bell Post and Hamlyn Heights
- High Intensity training routes near Geelong and the Peninsula
These issues will be followed up more closely and will be reported back in more detail so that members and friends can support our drive for a better result for bikes on these projects.
Geelong 'crit' course now open
24 November 2010. Geelong’s new purpose built cycling criterium, located at Belmont Common, is now open for training and compeition in a car-free environment.
The one-way criterium track has an asphalt finish and is approximately 2.8 kilometres in length and five metres in width.
The course can broken up into three separate loops so that competitions can be held on one or two sections while the remaining section(s) can be left open for public use. This also means Belmont Common can continue to host the popular Sunday market.
Cr Bruce Harwood, who represents Belmont, said participation in cycling is booming.
“Cycling is one of the fastest growing participation sports in Australia. The criterium is certain to get plenty of use by cyclists of all abilities – from those keen for a casual ride to those taking part in race competitions. And it’s been designed so that this can happen simultaneously.”
State Member for South Barwon and part-time cyclist, Michael Crutchfield said the growth of the sport had warranted such a facility and the opening "builds on the Brumby Government’s commitment to elite cycling, with Geelong hosting the 2010 UCI Roads World Championships."
“The Brumby Labor Government contributed $500,000 in funding for Stage 1 of the regional criterium track which will be a major hub for cycling activity and will be known as the Home of Cycling in the region,” Mr Crutchfield said.
“Facilities such as this play an important role in bringing communities closer together and that’s why this criterium circuit is so important.
“Cycling is one of this region’s most popular sports and today’s opening is a terrific win for our community, and one which can only increase cycling’s popularity.”
The City of Greater Geelong provided $1 million to the project and the State Government contributed $500,000.
New path links Torquay-Barwon Heads
17 November 2010. The State Government has announced a new $500,000, two kilometre bike path to directly link Torquay and Barwon Heads at Breamlea.
The project, which includes a four metre wide sealed asphalt bicycle path connects 13th Beach Road and Blackgate Road, eliminating a risky on-road dogleg on an increasing popular bike route.
It also provides additional links to the Bellarine Rail Trail and the Surf Coast Walk and for the future development of the Barwon River Trails and parklands, and the Queenscliff–Barwon Heads Coastal Trail.
It will be completed in March 2012.
State Member for South Barwon, Michael Crutchfield, said $166,720 funding for the project was provided by the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Small Towns Development Fund which helps Victoria’s smaller towns create jobs, drive economic growth and improve community infrastructure.
“Further funding of $333,440 from the City of Greater Geelong and Barwon Water has been confirmed for the project which will include pavement works, signage and re-engineering of the existing road, Mr Crutchfield said.
“As part of the Greater Geelong Cycle Strategy, we want Geelong to be recognised as one of Australia’s premier cycling cities with an interconnected on and off road bicycle network that provides safe and attractive access to all parts of the region.
“Geelong and surrounding towns like Breamlea are developing improved cycling paths and facilities to enhance this reputation and to attract more cycling tourists to Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast.”
“The Barwon South West Regional Trails Master Plan identifies economic tourism benefits associated with cycling trails including jobs during construction phase, facilities that will encourage visitors to stay longer, trail based events and competitions, and economic benefits for local businesses, Mr Crutchfield said.
Criterium track for Geelong is first stage of bike complex.
17 December 2008. A $1.5M criterium track is to be built in Geelong, the first stage of a cycling complex to eventually include a 250m outdoor velodrome, mountain bike skills area, clubrooms, cafe, and museum.
Construction, with Geelong City Council contributing $1M and the state government the rest, will start in June 2009.
The open road course will have 1km and 1.8km tracks that can be divided into three separate circuits.
It will be located next to the Barwon Valley Activity Centre and link to the existing Barwon River multi-purpose track.
"The circuit will allow us to build on the increased interest in cycling that will inevitably arise after Geelong hosts the 2010 World Road Cycling Championships, and confirm the Geelong region as one of Australia's cycling capitals," Geelong Mayor, Cr John Mitchell said.
Chair of Barwon Regional Bicycle Council, Ted Wilson said: "It's a nursery for youth and a place for current competitors to come and train without having to worry about traffic. There's never been a nursery to direct young cyclists, this is the start of that."
"There is a demand not just for events but safe cycling opportunities," Sport & Recreation Minister, James Merlino said.
“The criterium track will service a wide range of members of the community; including cycling clubs, school cycle education, alternative vehicle testing, wheelchair sports and inline skating.’’
“Cycling is the fourth most popular sport in Australia, with around 1.7 million people participating on a regular basis.''
New intersection in Geelong CBD is a win for bikes
Sep 07 Greater Geelong City Council is planning to remodel the Gheringhap St roundabout at the Malop St intersection. New bike lanes with green paint will see this intersection transformed into a more viable route for riders who previously have avoided this intersection due to speed and lack of clarity amongst road users.
It's good to see the Greater Geelong City Council catering for bikes when doing road upgrades. You can write to show your appreciation to the Mayor and CEO. Remember to keep it positive.
Below is Councils plans showing (in green) the new bike elements of the intersection and surrounds to complement the existing lanes approaching the area.
Nov 06 A workshop was recently held in Geelong, including Council staff, local stakeholders and VicRoads. This followed a similar format to sessions held in Ballarat and Traralgon, with all three producing differing results reflecting the varied needs of the regions.
The consensus results were:
- VicRoads received a far clearer perspective on riders' needs and barriers facing those wanting to ride. Ride2School, missing commuter links and maintenance issues were raised.
- The local riding groups that attended uniformly voiced concerns that consultation had historically been lacking.
- Council staff were ready to listen, with the soon-to-be drafted Bicycle Strategy needing stakeholder input to give Council direction.
July 06. Greater Geelong Council have this year budgeted to review their Bicycle Strategy to help further improve cycling in their municipality. Bicycle Network looks forward to working with the council on this initiative. Register (above) for updates so when we find out the process is beginning we can let you know automatically.
New bike lane for Ocean Grove
Aug 05. Funding has been allocated by the state government to install a bike lane on Shell Rd in Ocean Grove . The bike lane will run between Grubb Rd and John Dory Drive will complete the bike route linking Ocean Grove to Queenscliff.
Local MP, Lisa Neville, says "this is the only remaining unsealed section of the bike path between Ocean Grove and Queenscliff and will complete the network, providing safer travel for cyclists accessing neighbouring towns and the Ocean Grove shopping complex".
Ms Neville reports that the project "has been watched with interest by many residents. It has become increasingly popular with both the local community and th increasing number of holiday makers and tourists visiting the Bellarine Peninsula."
Proposed path between Fyansford and Batesford
Jun 05. Geelong City Council has adoped an environmental management plan for the Moorabool River reserve at Batesford. This will include providing a walking/cycling track extending from Fyansford to Batesford.
Dec 04. In the lead up to the local council election for Greater Geelong in November 2004, Bicycle Network conducted a survey to find out which projects are vital to getting more people cycling in Geelong.
In Greater Geelong the survey showed particularly strong support for better connections into the town centre and completing links in the path network.
Over half of respondents rated the following projects as ‘vitally important’ or ‘very important’ to cycling:
connecting the Bellarine Rail Trail to the Barwon River Trail
There was also strong support for connecting the Bay Trail to the Barwon River Trail.
Bicycle Network invited people from across Victoria to indicate which cycling projects were important to their community. There was immense interest with almost 2000 responses. The response rate was particularly high in Greater Geelong.
Victorians want opportunities to be more active and have a healthier lifestyle. At the same time that are frustrated at rising fuel bills. They expect local government to provide them ways out of this dilemma including the chance to ride their bikes more often” said Bicycle Network’s Facilities Development Officer, Bart Sbeghen.
Its obvious that cycling will be a key issue on voters minds when they are deciding who will represent them in the next council, said Mr Sbeghen
Bicycle Network, in cooperation with local groups, will be asking the new council to complete the vital missing links in the cycling network within the current term of the council. This will mean completing design work and community consultation and coordination with the State Government.
Cllrs Bruce Harwood and Tom O'Connor have already expressed support for the projects. The challenge will be to bring the full council's focus onto the projects and their potential contribution to Geelong's continued vitality.
Bellarine Rail trail
Cyclists wanting to ride the Trail from Geelong to Queenscliff can obtain a Trail map from the City of Greater Geelong (tel 5227 0380) or better still purchase the Railtrails of Victoria book from Bicycle Network (ph 8376 8888) or freecall 1800 639 634. Further information is available from our rail trails page.
Would you like to see a section of road improved to make cycling safer in your neighbourhood? Then check out our Get it fixed web page for tips on how to take action.
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