Better Bike Connections – design for Moorabool, Gheringhap and Carr streets

This engagement is open

Date: Monday, 4 February 2019 to Monday, 4 March 2019

You are invited to comment on Better Bike Connections plans for Moorabool, Carr and Gheringhap streets before the final designs are taken to Council in April.

Following on from community consultation early last year, the community has another opportunity to provide feedback on the Better Bike Connections project designs for Moorabool, Carr and Gheringhap streets.

You can see the designs and provide your comments here by 4 March 2019.

We will also have a marquee set up on Moorabool Street (between the Senior Citizens and GMHBA Stadium) where people can come and ask questions on the following dates:

  • Thursday 14 February 8am – 12noon
  • Saturday 16 February 9am – 1pm
  • Tuesday 19 February 11am – 3pm

 

Background information

Attached for your information:

  • Proposed designs for Moorabool, Gheringhap and Carr streets
  • Assessments of alternative routes

Stage 1 - Moorabool Street, Carr Street and Gheringhap Street

The City of Greater Geelong identified a need to create and improve facilities to allow more people to ride bikes for transport in and around Geelong. The southern link is a cycling route connecting Central Geelong with Belmont, Highton and Waurn Ponds.

The objective of this route is to provide a safe and direct link, between residential areas and shopping centres at Waurn Ponds and Belmont, Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds and Waterfront campuses, The Gordon, Geelong and South Geelong train stations and Central Geelong. 

The southern link, north of the Barwon River (referred to as stage 1), uses Moorabool Street, Carr Street and Gheringhap Street. These streets were assessed, among other options, as best meeting the project’s key criteria of:

  • safety,
  • direct access,
  • connectivity, and
  • alignment to transport planning.

The City received a $4.7 million grant from the TAC’s Safer Pedestrian and Cyclist Fund to create two cycling connections (a southern and western link) to make it safer and easier for everyone to ride to work, schools, shops, services and other places.

What People Told Us and What Has Changed

Plans for the project were taken to the community in January 2018. The main themes and queries related to:

  • The route, including questions if other routes could be used for the southern link.
  • The impact of removing car parking along Moorabool Street.
  • The safety of a two-way cycle lane, particularly across business entrances such as the Shell Service Station.
  • The impact of turn bans at Little Fyans Street.
  • The configuration of bus stops on Moorabool Street.

A number of other options were assessed with the original route best meeting the project’s key criteria of safety, direct access, connectivity and alignment to transport planning.

As a result of feedback from the community and businesses we have made changes to the original design. These include:

  • Creating additional all-day parking to offset parking losses along Moorabool Street.
  • Retaining right-turning traffic movement from Moorabool Street into the eastern side of Little Fyans Street (except during morning peak times). 
  • Changes to parking on Moorabool Street around the intersection of Little Fyans Street.
    Widening the area around bus stops to improve safety for people exiting buses.

What Works Are Proposed?

Each section has a different treatment to suit the road environment and streetscape while consistently aiming to separate cyclists from cars for safety.

Moorabool Street

The proposal is for a two-way bike path on the western side of the street. This includes:

  • Changes to intersections like green lanes, road humps and traffic signal improvements.
  • New traffic signals at Lonsdale Street.
  • Changes to bus stops.
  • Removing right turning lanes from Moorabool Street into Little Fyans Street. The right turn from Moorabool Street into the western side of Little Fyans Street will be banned at all times. The right turn from Moorabool Street into the eastern side of Little Fyans Street will remain (except during morning peak times).
  • Removing four car parks between Fyans Street and Barwon Terrace. Also relocating the bus stop in this section to ensure there are five car parks close to businesses in the area.
  • Removing 47 car parks on the western side of Moorabool Street, between Fyans Street and Carr Street. 

To help offset parking losses, we’re:

  • Reconfiguring parking on nearby Carr and Balliang streets to create 31 other all-day parking spaces.
  • Progressing plans to seal a section of Kardinia Park as well as mark out other all-day car parks (near the Senior Citizens Centre), which will create more spaces in this area.

Carr Street

A proposed two-way off-road concrete path between the rail line and trees. This includes:

  • A new signalised pedestrian crossing on Kilgour Street (near the intersection of Carr Street and Kilgour Street).
  • Line marking 13 car parks on Carr Street (on the rail line side of the street).

Gheringhap Street

A proposed one-way path on both sides of Gheringhap Street (between car parks and the kerb). This includes:

  • Reducing traffic from two lanes to one lane in each direction.
  • Reducing car parks along the street from 192 to 151 car parks.

Visit Building Better Bike Connections for further information on the project.


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Other ways to participate

Drop-in sessions

We will also have a marquee set up on Moorabool Street (between the Senior Citizens and GMHBA Stadium) where people can come and ask questions on the following dates:

  • Thursday 14 February 8am – 12noon
  • Saturday 16 February 9am – 1pm
  • Tuesday 19 February 11am – 3pm

Email: BetterBikeConnections@geelongcity.vic.gov.au
Or mail: PO Box 104, Geelong 3220