Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast are
dangerous places to ride a bike!
Bike Safe has issued a Major State Government challenge.
Our infrastructure has been neglected. With the exception of a few dedicated shared paths and trails, greater Geelong and the Surf Coast are dangerous places to ride a bike!
During the past decade Victorian state governments have been pursuing parallel policies of restricting the expansion of the boundaries of greater Melbourne, and increasing development and settlement of “regional centres” even to the extent of relocating the offices of major government departments and bodies employing thousands of people to these areas.
The City of Greater Geelong has embraced this with projected population growth estimates from 223,000 in 2011, to 330,000 in 2036; and additional dwellings in excess of 52,000.
The major centres for this expansion as we know include Torquay, Mt Duneed, Grovedale, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Drysdale/Clifton Springs, St Leonards, Leopold, Bannockburn, Lara, and Highton/Ceres.
Infrastructure immediately adjacent to these developments is often upgraded but beyond that, connecting infrastructure which was at its limit 10 years ago, has nowhere near kept pace.
The Andrews Government to its credit has established a $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund but it is yet still unclear as to how and where it will be used. It was also going to be distributed in 2016. As yet we have no news.
$10 million just to catch up!On a pro rata population basis Geelong should receive at least $5 million of that funding, particularly given the amounts that have already been spent in Melbourne in the past. However as Victoria’s second largest city we have been neglected for so long it should be at least $10 million just to catch up!
We call on the Andrews Government members Lisa Neville, Christine Couzens, and John Eren to represent greater Geelong in formally encouraging Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety, to ensure we receive a fair allocation of these funds, and that they are applied quickly and effectively. We will write to and meet where possible these members and advise our many facebook followers of the outcome.