The Bellarine Peninsula is set to get an important upgrade to its bike infrastructure with the construction of the Drysdale Bypass.
VicRoads is building a shared path along the 6km Bypass, nestled on the Drysdale side of the new road to encourage use by Drysdale residents.
The 3 metre wide path connects into all intersecting roads along the 6km stretch, giving bike riders and pedestrians the freedom and flexibility to jump on and off the path as they wish.
The shared user path also connects into the Bellarine Rail Trail and has been designed to connect into any future routes as the area develops further.
Riders and pedestrians can expect to start using the new shared path in mid-2020.
Roadies will have the option to use the shared user path or ride on-road, with the bypass designed to have marked, ridable shoulders along both sides of the road.
The Bellarine Peninsula is a hot spot for on-road cycling and this will give cyclists a new section of road to train and access the wider Bellarine Peninsula.
VicRoads is also constructing a pedestrian underpass, that links to the shared user path, near the Drysdale education/schooling precinct, sporting precinct and community facility – Potato Shed.
The underpass will be 8 metres wide, well lit, with wide splays to ensure passive surveillance.
Last year VicRoads completed work to upgrade High Street, this included the addition of bike lanes for the entire street, an improved crossing at the Bellarine Rail Trail, a new refuge and improved lighting.
Drysdale is about 20 kilometres from Geelong and growing rapidly and lies at the centre of the Bellarine Peninsula. The key route to and from the Peninsula bisects the township.
To help support this growth the Bypass will remove traffic from the centre of Drysdale, giving trucks and Bellarine Peninsula traffic an alternative and more efficient route.