Two new bike connections will make it safer and easier for everyone to ride.
Two new bike connections will make it safer and easier for everyone to ride.

Have your say on plans for new bike connections

Friday, 12 January 2018

The community is invited to have their say on plans for two new major cycling routes that will connect Central Geelong with Geelong’s southern and western suburbs.

The $4.7 million TAC-funded Building Better Bike Connections project comprises:
• The southern link, which will connect Central Geelong to Waurn Ponds, via Belmont. It will use Gheringhap Street, Carr Street, Moorabool Street, High Street and Colac Road.
• The western link, which will connect Central Geelong and Herne Hill, via Geelong West. It will use Villamanta Street, Pizer Street, Bigmore Street, Gertrude Street and Sydenham Avenue.

The cycling routes will include a combination of protected bike lanes (where bikes are separated from cars) and a shared road system (where cars and bikes share the road). Streetscape/beautification works, traffic management/cycling treatments, signage and other changes will be made to roads as part of the project.

The routes were set following consultation with local and state bicycle user groups. The community can now view the plans for each section and provide feedback on the details. Comments need to be submitted by 16 February 2018.

Letters providing more information on the project are being sent to businesses and residents on the routes this week.

Also, a series of drop in sessions will be held from 3pm to 6pm on these dates:
• Tuesday 23 January 2018 at Geelong West Library
• Wednesday 24 January 2018 at Geelong Library & Heritage Centre
• Tuesday 13 February 2018 at Belmont Library

A separate workshop has been organised for businesses on High Street, Belmont. The design for the main section of High Street will not be confirmed until consultation with traders and the community is completed.

Once plans are finalised, works are expected to start in the second quarter of 2018.

Cr Bruce Harwood - Mayor:

With more people living and working in Geelong we need to provide alternative transport options to ease congestion for everyone. Better bike connections are vital to make it safer and easier for people to ride.

It’s important we hear from everyone in the community – cyclists, drivers, businesses, residents, Central Geelong workers – to get your feedback on the details of the plans.