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Building Better Bike Connections survey results snapshot

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 4:21 PM

As part of community engagement for the Building Better Bike Connections project, we captured the community’s feedback on two bike routes - or corridors - through a survey available online, at our customer service centres and at the project drop-in sessions held in Geelong West, Geelong and Belmont in January and February 2018.

The survey contained questions about both the Central Geelong to Waurn Ponds (southern link) and the Central Geelong to Herne Hill (western link) corridors. Respondents were able to answer questions about one or both corridors.

The survey was open from 9 January to 16 February 2018.


Who we heard from

  • 565 people completed the survey
  • 466 commented on the Central Geelong to Waurn Ponds corridor survey questions
  • 299 commented on the Central Geelong to Herne Hill corridor survey questions
  • Respondents spanned a wide range of age groups, with the majority (39.1 per cent) being aged 35 to 49 years old.
  • Residents from 60 suburbs from across the wider region were represented in the survey with the highest representation from Belmont (18.7 per cent), Geelong West (11.8 per cent) and Highton (10.2 per cent).

Survey results for age group and suburb as pie charts

Survey results for cyclists as pie chart

*The percentages add up to more than 100 per cent due to some respondents who said they cycled nominating more than one type of cycling.

**1 March 2018 update: the above data has been changed slightly due to a minor issue with the original data source.


What we heard

Central Geelong to Waurn Ponds Corridor (the southern link)

Connection to the corridor

Respondents had many connections to the routes – or corridors - including living, working, running/owning a business, visiting/shopping and commuting (via bike and car) along either of the corridors.

Connection to the corridor as 2 pie charts: data set 1 from 9 January to 12 February results and data set 2 from 13-16 February responses


*Please note that data set 2 allowed respondents to select more than one option, therefore the percentages add up to greater than 100 per cent.

Connection to the corridor data disclaimer

In the interest of data integrity the responses to the survey question: What is your connection to the corridor? have been divided into responses received between 9 January to 12 February and those received between 13 February to 16 February. The multiple choice functionality did not work in the original survey meaning respondents could only select one choice, whereas the second version allowed respondents to select multiple connections to the corridor. Whilst there are similar patterns in the data, different methodologies have been used. The issue was only with this question.


Support for the project

  • 70.7 per cent supported the southern link project (63.1 per cent strongly supported and 7.6 per cent somewhat supported it).
  • 26.4 per cent opposed it (22.5 per cent strongly opposed and 3.9 per cent somewhat opposed it).
Pie chart showing support for the project


Future use of the corridor

  • 77.5 per cent said the proposed plans would change the way they used the corridor and 22.5 per cent said it wouldn’t.
  • Of the respondents who said it would change the way they used the corridor, 63.7  per cent said the proposed plans would encourage them to ride their bike more (for commuting and recreation purposes and to access shops and services).
Pie charts showing results for will you you change how you use the corridor and future use of the corridor


Importance ranking

  • Over 70 per cent of respondents rated the importance of the proposed changes to making it safer and easier for cyclists to travel in and out of central Geelong as seven out of 10 or higher.
Importance of ranking as a bar chart - ranking out of 10


What we heard

Central Geelong to Herne Hill Corridor (the western link)

Connection to the corridor

  • Respondents had many connections to the routes – or corridors - including living, working, running/owning a business, visiting/shopping and commuting (via bike and car) along either of the corridors.
2 pie charts showing connection to the corridor with data set 1 showing 9 January -12 February responses and data set 2 showing 13-16 February responses


*Please note that data set 2 allowed respondents to select more than one option, therefore the percentages add up to greater than 100 per cent.

Connection to the corridor data disclaimer:

In the interest of data integrity the responses to the survey question: What is your connection to the corridor? have been divided into responses received between 9 January to 12 February and those received between 13 February to 16 February. The multiple choice functionality did not work in the original survey meaning respondents could only select one choice, whereas the second version allowed respondents to select multiple connections to the corridor. Whilst there are similar patterns in the data, different methodologies have been used. The issue was only with this question.


Support for the proposed plans

  • 81.1 per cent of respondents said they supported the western link project (70.6 per cent strongly supported and 10.5 per cent somewhat supported it).
  • 13.2 per cent opposed it (11.5 per cent strongly opposed and 1.7 per cent somewhat opposed it).
Support for the proposed plans as a pie chart


Future use of the corridor

  • 70.6 per cent said the proposed plans would change the way they used the corridor and 29.4 per cent said it wouldn’t.
  • Of the respondents who said it would change the way they used the corridor, 85 per said the proposed plans would encourage them to ride their bike more (for commuting and recreation purposes and to access shops and services).
  • 11 per cent said they would consider avoiding or changing route.
Pie charts showing results for will you change how you use the corridor and future use of the corridor


Importance Ranking

  • 78 per cent of respondents rated the importance of the proposed changes to making it safer and easier for cyclists to travel in and out of Central Geelong as seven out of 10 or higher.
Bar chart showing importance of ranking with ranking being out of 10

**Please note that in some cases percentages may not add up to 100 per cent exactly due to rounding.


Next steps

This is only one part of the consultation and we will now review all of the other feedback received as we progress our planning.

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

If you have any questions email BetterBikeConnections@geelongcity.vic.gov.au or call us on 03 5272 5272.




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