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 are being 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 TACs 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. 

High Street, Belmont, section of the route

The design for the High Street, Belmont, section of the route (between Mount Pleasant Road and Roslyn Road) has not been finalised yet. This will be done in consultation with traders and the community. An initial workshop for High Street traders was held earlier this year. 

We are about to start the second phase of consultation.

We want to work with the broader community to develop the best possible design for High Street (between Mount Pleasant Road and Roslyn Road) that caters for traders, residents, shoppers, drivers and cyclists.

We have engaged a consultant to design four potential options of what could be possible on High Street. We have briefed the consultant to take into account the valuable feedback we’ve received from the community, including traders’ concerns about parking.

Consultation will begin with two information sessions for business owners, traders and landlords on 30 July. This will be followed by several weeks of engagement with the broader community, which will include a community survey.  The survey will be open from 31 July until 7 September 2018.

There will also be one-on-one follow up discussions offered to traders and a booth set up out the front of the Belmont Library at advertised times where community members can ask questions.  Dates and times will be published here shortly. 

Feedback on the four potential design options will be used to inform the preferred design for High Street, which will be presented to council to make a decision on later in the year.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 11 July 2018