The northern suburbs of Geelong are a contradiction… The area is blessed with plenty of space, wide roads and nature strips but seriously lack basic infrastructure like bike lanes, footpaths, treed areas and respectable park playgrounds….
Today I rode around the Geelong bay trail, past retiring industrial areas, near elite grammer schooled kids and back through central Corio. I soon noticed that this area doesn’t look much like the rest of Geelong. While the houses are the same – the footpaths, tennis courts, BMX tracks, roads, paths, parks and school yards are not … I was more than a little embarrassed that Corio kids have to run around in knee high grass in the school yard and use junk play equipment at local parks. On two occasions I saw mothers pushing prams and WALKING CHILDREN ON THE ROAD simply because footpaths don’t exist.
The poor support for bike riders in Corio/Norlane is just a small part of major lack of support for everything else… the situation is completely shameful in fact.
There are glimmers of hope slowly appearing for bike riders of this area at least.