The cover of a recent edition of the famous New Yorker. Need it say anymore.
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.
Any tourist who has hit the Bellarine Rail Trail after arriving via train to South Geelong station would have faced the challenge of getting to the trail.
The currently accepted way to access the trail is via Carr st which is a bit busy and takes riders across the train line twice – this way is not great.
We have a recommended route to the trail, but riders we’ve spoken to would love to see this more direct route put together. The hassles of Carr st can be avoided with a bit of work on signage and a few path additions.
We have come up with a few graphics and map to illustrate what we’d like to see from track to trail. We think it would significantly enhance the experience and reputation of the rail trail.
Step 1. A roll through the carpark
Step 2. Some tar along this gravel road would do nice;
Step 3. Access through a permanently closed gate:
Step 4. Onto the rail trail after one crossing of the road – EASY!
Many bike riders come from near and far to experience the delights of riding the Bellarine Rail Trail, but for those who come from South Geelong train station, finding the trail can be an adventure.
To help our tourist friend we’ve made a little map to show you the best way to get to the rail trail without getting led up the garden path.
Follow the blue line on our map below.
View Finding the Bellarine Rail Trail from South Geelong train station in a larger map
A great video on how the Dutch turned a car town into a mecca for bike riding.
More about this clip and a great comparison to Australia’s reluctance to support bike infrastructure here
A tragedy struck today… A young boy was killed while riding to school in Corio.
This is a sickening reminder of why Bicycle Users Geelong is here, and why we need to work even harder to improve safety for all bike riders. Better conditions for riders won’t always prevent shocking accidents like this happening, but while vulnerable road users mix with heavy vehicles this is an ever present danger and our job won’t be done.
Bicycle users Geelong are not blaming the driver for this terrible accident. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the child and bus driver.
More about this tragedy
Bicycle Users Geelong was delighted to welcome Greg Barber (Greens Member of Parliament) to Geelong today.
We would love to know what you would do if you were Mayor, Premier or PM for a day…
A recent post from the facebook page of local Geelong Councillor Eddy Kontelj about improving the CBD and lack of bike transport around Geelong. Here it is:
A compelling article from ‘the conversation’ addressing the many benefits of bike paths including the significant impact they can have on nearby property prices.