A few cargo bikes in Geelong...

Plenty of people, young and old turned out to enjoy the winter sunshine and re-invigorate a few inner city lanes for the ‘better block’ event. The event strongly supported bike riders of all kinds with easy bike parking, coffee and a cycling forum.

The forum at Beav’s Bar was stacked with people passionate about seeing bike riding in Geelong emerge from the shadows… The speaker’s told of Geelong’s rich cycling history, exciting bicycle networks in the pipeline,  Deakin Uni’s role in supporting bike users, Copenhagen’s pedal first philosophy and Jason Roberts reasons for grass roots activism.

Thanks to the event organisers and speakers. The event had us believing that a critical mass of people concerned about the cycling and the city are forming – and on the cusp of achieving change…

Follow a play by play of the forum check out #GeelongCyclingForum on twitter.

Cycling forum. photo src: https://www.facebook.com/thebicycleshow

Temp bike parking at Lt. Malop st.

The Better Bock event. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/TransitionEastGeelong

Packed bike parking

Bike friendly coffee

What is it with bike riders and coffee…

Fuel is a bike friendly cafe in central Geelong (map)… It brings together great coffee, cosy urban interior, hipster bike hangers and it is frequented by pretty people… lovely!

src: http://comehometomealways.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/fuel-cafe-geelong.html

WOW… An all-star line up for the upcoming Cycling forum…

This just in from the organisers:

On Saturday June 15th Cycle Geelong will host a Geelong Cycling Forum: a public discussion about community bicycle transportation, covering aspects such as safety, infrastructure and networks in Geelong. This forum comes at a crucial time in the region with numerous transport strategies underway amongst very low commuter cycling. According to the latest census only one percent of Geelong’s citizens use their bikes to get to school or work.

Geelong Cycling Forum host Mik Aidt, a journalist from the cycling city of Copenhagen, Denmark, will speak with guests Barton van Laar of Bike Safe and Rod Charles, local cycling enthusiast. Special guests at Geelong Better Block for the day include Jason Roberts, cofounder The Better Block, USA; Tamsin O’Neil owner of the Australian cycling magazine ‘Treadlie’, as well as the ‘Green Magazine’; and our very own The Bicycle Show radio personalities, from The Pulse FM. The audience is invited to join the debate on cycling and Idea Bomb a cycling vision for Geelong.

The lack of continuous bike lanes in Geelong makes commuter cycling a hazardous and dangerous journey. In Copenhagen continuous and dedicated ‘Copenhagen bicycle lanes’ are used weekly by more than 50 percent of its citizens.

The Forum speakers will focus on how to normalise cycling in Geelong, ranging from community engagement and questions of critical mass to cycling infrastructure, regulation of vehicle speeds and traffic behavior. If we’d like to see change, then what could be the driver to create that change?

Read the rest at Geelong Residents get on their Bikes

The Geelong Cycling Forum will be held in Beav’s Bar, 77 Little Malop Street, at 1pm on Saturday June 15th as part of the Geelong Better Block, where community demonstrates changes they would like to see in our city.

Greens MP Greg Barber negotiating the stairs.

A Geelong train station revamp is on the cards, thanks to the NDIS rolling into town and shaming the State Government into action.

An upgrade to the station will accommodate people who have difficulty negotiating the existing stairs to cross the tracks. This is well overdue for the downtrodden pensioners, the disabled, mums with prams and bike riders.

More about the train station revamp at the Addy.

Pic Source: Greg Barbers facebook page

 

The Geelong Better Block, an get together held in central Geelong, will activate a section of inner city streets with community built street furniture, vegie boxes, local food, art installations, street performances, bicycle parking and a Cycling Forum at 1pm –  to hear about what the Bike Safe team do and promote.

The event encourages bike riders to roll in and enjoy the festivities.

When: 10am, Sat 15 June (Cycling forum at 1pm at Beav’s bar with Bike Safe)
Where: near little Malop st and James st Central Geelong.
Bring: Yourself and change for a coffee. Ride in of course. Lycra not required…

More info:  http://www.facebook.com/GeelongBetterBlock and read the Addy article.