Wouldn’t it be nice

Labor is in power in Victoria which means Daniel Andrews will have to make good on his promise:

“Labor will establish a $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund to invest in new, dedicated paths and routes across Victoria, keeping bikes and walkers away from traffic.

The fund will also focus on improving routes to train stations and the CBD, creating new routes in regional areas, filling the ‘missing links’ in the existing bicycle network, and pedestrian crossings, markings and signs.

Labor will also establish Active Transport Victoria, a new division within the Department of Transport. It will focus on increased participation and safety among cyclists and pedestrians across Melbourne and regional cities.

Active Transport Victoria will develop policies, suggest changes to roads and paths, and advise on the development of the cycling and walking network. It will receive $3.3 million in funding over three years.”

More from Daniel Andrews on cycling

The proposed Geelong Council budget is out… It’s not great reading for riders.

They has decided to NOT put any extra money in their budget to support the recently adopted Principle Bicycle Network (PBN) implementation. This is crucial to improve safety and to encourage more people to ride to work, school, uni, shops.  To fix the intersections, fix shared bike lanes, restore existing paths, build new ones…

You can help change this:
Ask them to reconsider funding PBN projects. Please take five minutes to send an email to: contactus@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

Email subject :
Att: Manager Financial Services – Budget Submission (PBN).

In your own words (it can be as short or long as you want) say:

  • I’m a Geelong cyclist, I live in ‘suburb x’
  • We want PBN implemented and funding increased for cycling projects in this budget.
  • Hugs and kisses are optional…

Submissions close June 10.

The more people that can turn the screws on a council the better. Unfortunately we need to remind council that the enviroment, health, livability and safety of Geelong and residents should be top priority. Calling your local councillor and asking them to relocate funds would also help.

How has commuter riding changed in Geelong in ten years? We’ve found some stats. You be the judge.

2001 to 2011

Methods of travel to work for a decade. Src: http://profile.id.com.au/geelong/travel-to-work

Method of travel to work

2001

% share of all modes (2001)

2011

% share of all modes (2011)

increase

Change in mode share %

Bicycle

846

1.1

909

1.0

+63

-0.1

Walk

2,104

2.7

2,627

2.8

+523

+0.1

Car – as driver

50,335

65.6

63,407

67.1

+13,072

+1.5%

In ten years, 63 more people riding to work but 13,072 more people driving.  As a percentage of all modes of transport used, riding a bike has actually gone backwards, whereas the single occupant motor vehicle has increased.

How has this happened when? Was it from a lack of understanding? We’ve done some digging around to find out what Council and its consultants have been saying about active transport for the last decade…

Continue Reading…

This is what Bicycle Users Geelong submitted to the feedback on the truck trial ban in Geelong.
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The Central Geelong truck trail has had a positive impact on Mercer and Malop St.
Anecdotally, Malop street in particular seems:
• less scary to ride on
• has less noise pollution
• reduced diesel fume pollution
• is safer (fewer heavy vehicles are mixing with busy pedestrian areas).

We at Bicycle Users Geelong are very happy about the truck ban. Some of our members have reported positively about the quieter and safer streets.

We feel it should be extended indefinitely and Council should really pressure VicRoads to reduce heavy vehicles on Ryrie st. It seems to be taking more trucks and is worse off for it.

More generally we’d expect that Council and CoGG staff are working really hard to prioritise active transport over vehicles (as specified in the last few City Plans, Central Geelong Actions Plan, Health and Wellbeing plan, and recent Central Geelong Parking and Access Strategy).

A report by consultants (go to pg 154 of the PDF to see the actions) submitted to council to ‘fix’ parking in central Geelong has some very specific cycling related short term actions (3 out of 13 in fact)…

“Central Geelong is at something of a turning point. There will never be an easier time to make the following changes that are necessary to secure a more sustainable future:

• Reallocation of road space to create bus and bicycle lanes to give people real alternatives to travelling by car. Geelong has a good opportunity to create world class conditions for cyclists.

• Explore the potential for facilitating shop-top housing by way of provision of high quality bicycle facilities and encouraging the establishment of share car services.

• Review and update Council’s bicycle strategy in respect to a finer grain network within Central Geelong. Implement the findings as a matter of priority”

Mayor and Councillors adopted these actions at the last council meeting… So we can all confidently assume change is coming.