On Tuesday 24 February, Geelong City Council made a decision, based on very little supporting evidence, that the separated bike lanes, installed as part of the Green Spine were contributing to traffic congestion. As a result in a 6 to 5 vote, Geelong City Council voted to spend up to $2 million to remove the separated bike lane on the north side of Malop St.
There is no business case to support the destruction. No plans. No civic consultation. No report from the CEO. No expert opinion.
The Green Spine is an $8 million dollar, award winning project that is yet to be completed.
The construction of this project took 11 months and caused major disruption to businesses on this section on Malop St. Creating another construction site on this same stretch of road may force some businesses to close or relocate rather than going through the same disruption for a second time.
This move by Geelong City Council does not portray Geelong as a clever or creative city, nor does it fit with the recently adopted Sustainability Frame that was voted on at the very same council meeting on the 24 February.
We ask that all community members who care about this issue whether its because you’re passionate about cyclist safety, want to support local businesses, don’t want to see our local council wasting rate payers money, or you’re concerned that this is backwards step when it comes to addressing climate change, to attend this community rally.
Join our protest ride/walk (EVENT CANCELLED)
5.30pm Friday 20 March 2020 City Hall steps on Gheringhap street We encourage you to wear Green to save our Green Spine
Bring your bike or your walking shoes as a community march/cycle will happen through Geelong CBD, including Malop St.
This community rally is supported by:
Bicycle Users Geelong
Extinction Rebellion Geelong
Climate Justice Alliance Geelong
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