Bike Safe has launched an appeal to upgrade the Queenscliff Portarlington Road on the Bellarine Peninsula. This road has been a nominated hazard road by Bike Safe for the past 7 years, with as yet no plans to address this issue by VicRoads, nor the State Government. 

Weekly incidents occur between vehicles and cyclists.
Safe touring, by both cyclists and motorists, around the Bellarine Peninsula is impeded by poor infrastructure, specifically on the Queenscliff Portarlington Road (C126) and Murradoc Road (C125). Resurfacing works have been poor band-aid measures, only maintaining road designs dated back 30 years. Even limited shoulder works near the Bellarine Highway are not to AustRoads Standards and basically unusable by cyclists.

The dangers have been contributed to by increased development, heavy vehicle use and population growth. The restricted road width, deteriorating surfaces, very poor or non-existent road edges, as well as excessive speeds, all are key hazard contributors. There is no alternative off road leisure path, such as the Bellarine Rail Trail, from Portarlington, St Leonards and Indented Heads to and from Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove. Bike Safe is advocating for the entire Bellarine Rail Trail to be sealed, to at least enable some alternatives from Drysdale to Queenscliff.

Bike Safe is asking for urgent action to redress these issues by:
1.     Reducing the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h.
2.     Widen the roads to incorporate shoulders to AustRoads Standards relevant to the new speed i.e 2 metres where possible, minimum 1.8 metres width both sides.
  • Queenscliff Portarlington Rd (C126) at least the 7kms from Knights Rd to Murradoc Rd.
  • Murradoc Road (C125) at least the 3kms from Queenscliff Portarlington Rd to Bluff Rd.

New cycling guide for visitors

A new cycling guide for popular routes in our region has been produced by local tourism authorities, in conjunction with Bike Safe.
We are pleased to have been able to have an input, promoting safety and highlighting hazards responsibly - but still encouraging people to enjoy our beautiful region. It will be updated regularly.

You can download the brochure here > GREAT OCEAN RIDES. Feel free to share with others!

Are you insured?

As a cyclist on our roads it is important you have personal accident insurance. This is also available through joining Bike Safe. We are affiliated with Cycling Australia. Through them we offer:
  • 24/7 Public Liability Insurance worldwide
  • 24/7 Personal Accident Insurance
  • Access to Bike Insurance made easy
  • Concessions & Discounts for Juniors and Seniors
If you have an accident while riding, the policy covers a range of benefits including death, disablement and various general assistance benefits. The most common expenses claimed are in respect of non-Medicare medical items which include any medical related expenses you incur which are not eligible for a Medicare benefit and which are not otherwise claimable through private health insurance or a similar scheme (eg workers compensation). A typical example is physio expenses incurred as part of your rehabilitation.

More details here > Bike Safe Membership with Insurance

Blackgate Road to be upgraded

Blackgate and Horseshoe Bend roads upgfrade funding was announced during the election! The Federal Government  announced funding for road shoulders (1.5m) on Blackgate Rd. The Surf Coast Shire has also committed funding for putting on bikelanes on Horseshoe Bend Road all the way to Blackgate Rd. Together it’s about $2m! 

These two roads have been on Bike Safe's Hazard Road list for 6 years.  The Federal Government has committed to the 2.4km section of Blackgate Road (also on our Hazard Road list) between Horseshoe Bend Road and Minya Lane at Torquay. Budget is $804,000 to seal shoulders and install edge lines and raised reflective pavement markers, upgrade or install guard fence and upgrade delineation and signage. This has been done through the existing Federal Roads Blackspot Programme and Roads to Recovery funding.

This will dramatically improve safety for cyclists AND motorists. Designs for both roads are currently underway.

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