Super Sunday

Super Sunday is this Sunday November 10th.  What is Super Sunday?  It is the coordinated counting of recreational trail users at strategic locations.   Volunteers will be counting trail/path users between 9am and 1pm this Sunday, with Bicycle Network Victoria managing the event across many locations in 6 different states and territories.   In other words it is a recreational cycling version of Super Tuesday.

The City of Greater Geelong is involved this year, and so counters will be located on the Bellarine Rail Trail and other shared paths around Geelong.

The count will gather data about where and how many people are riding and will help build the case for more/better bicycle infrastructure.  SO if you are out for a ride on Sunday, consider including some of the Geelong region shared paths in your ride to make sure you are counted.

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Ride 2 Work Day 2013

2013-R2W-Web-Tile-250px-Ride2WorkThis Wednesday October 16th is Ride 2 Work Day.  Regulars bike commuters and many first time bike commuters will all be riding to work.

Bicycle Network Victoria is coordinating the event, but many other organisations and businesses are supporting the day by organizing breakfasts for the participants.

The City of Greater Geelong is organising an event in Central Geelong, as in previous years.  Participants who register at the event hub in Gore Place between 7am and 9am will receive a free voucher for $10 at participating cafes around the city.

So give bike commuting a go, or just join in the fun if you are already a veteran commuter.

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Improvements to the Bellarine Rail Trail have got the go-ahead with the announcement of $300,000 funding from the Victorian State Government and $255,000 from the City of Greater Geelong.

The works will include asphalting a 2.5 km section between Drysdale and Geelong, and improvements to the crossing of Jetty Road in Drysdale.

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The State Government has announced that it will provide $466,000 for the building of a pavilion for the Geelong Home for Cycling at the Belmont Criterium Circuit.  This is in addition to $934,000 from the City of Greater Geelong.

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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.

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Cowies creek trail used as a dumping ground… this has been like this for weeks at the time of writing.

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The bay trail looking a little dishevelled and un-loved.

 

 

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Cowie creek trail, Thomson road Norlane. A well worn track in the grass but no asphalt.

 

There are glimmers of hope slowly appearing for bike riders of this area at least.

A new road crossing at Norlane. Riders no longer have to bunny hop the median strip.

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The new beautiful shared lanes down Bacchus Marsh road. Many people using it while I road past.

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(The new cycleway would hopefully address this riding hazard) source: Bikesafe

The federal Labor government announced a ‘Barwon to Bay Cycleway’ funding of over $1 million.

Richard Marles and Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman today announced the Barwon to Bay Cycleway in South Geelong. It will connect the Barwon River Bridge to Londsdale Street. While the media release is light on details, it’s an important win for bike riders around Geelong.

Thanks to Labor for funding this major investment in rider safety.

Src: Geelong Advertiser

More carnage on our roads, or more specifically a bike rider hopitalised by a driver.  Adding to the 3 other car crashes this morning (20 Aug).

Read the report on the Addy website.

How many car accidents is too many?