Building better bike connections

We’re creating two new major cycling routes to make it safer and easier for everyone to ride.

Adopting best practice from around the world, the cycling routes will include a combination of protected bike lanes (where bikes are separated from cars) and a shared use system (where cars and bikes share the road).

Both routes are designed to be used by cyclists of a wide range of ages and abilities to safely ride to destinations like shopping areas and key employment precincts.

  • The southern link will connect Central Geelong with Waurn Ponds via Belmont.
  • The western link will connect Central Geelong with Herne Hill via Geelong West.

Streetscape/beautification works, traffic management/cycling treatments, signage and other changes will be made to roads as part of the project.

Why we're doing this

Every day 40,000 trips are made in and out of Central Geelong by workers. Just two per cent of these trips are made by bike, yet 70 per cent of commuter trips are within easy cycling range.

It's clear we need better bike connections so that more people have the confidence to ride safely.

A fast, reliable and connected transport network is part of our 30-year community-led vision for a clever and creative city.

To reach our goal of 50 per cent of journeys to work made by public transport, walking or cycling, we need to create bike connections. It means safer riding, quicker journeys, less congestion and cleaner air.

When will this happen?

Plans will be finalised following community feedback. We are hoping to start staged works later this year and be finished by mid 2019.

Who is funding this?

We received a $4.7 million grant from the TAC’s Safer Pedestrian and Cyclist Fund to create these two cycling connections.

How were the routes set?

The routes were set as part of a state-wide process, led by VicRoads four years ago, to identify principal bicycle networks across regional Victoria.

How is the community being consulted?

The community survey closed on Friday 16 February 2018.  See a snapshot of the survey results.

High Street, Belmont, section of the route

The design for certain locations, in particular the High Street, Belmont, section of the route (between Mount Pleasant Road and Roslyn Road) has not been developed yet. This will be done in consultation with traders and the community. An initial workshop was held for High Street traders and a follow up workshop will be organised where traders will have the opportunity to provide further input.

We want to work with the community to develop the best possible design that caters to traders, residents, shoppers, drivers and cyclists.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 28 March 2018