Geelong Advertiser - - YOUR SAY -

AS BOTH a cy­clist and a mo­torist, I am of­ten con­fused and frus­trated by in­ad­e­quate and un­clear sig­nage of on-road bike lanes and paths around Gee­long streets.

I know many cy­clists, in­clud­ing my­self, choose not to cy­cle for fear of hold­ing up traf­fic, re­ceiv­ing neg­a­tive com­ments from mo­torists or be­ing in­jured.

Clear sig­nage of shared roads and des­ig­nated cy­cle cor­ri­dors and bike paths will make cycling safer and en­cour­age more peo­ple to make short trips by bike. This will re­duce con­ges­tion of our city streets and al­low traf­fic to flow bet­ter — a win for both mo­torists and cy­clists.

Any­one con­cerned that bike paths will re­sult in lots of cy­clists slow­ing down traf­fic, re­ally needs to re­think the traf­fic con­ges­tion prob­lem.

Our rapidly ex­pand­ing pop­u­la­tion re­quires plan­ners to de­vise so­lu­tions to our es­ca­lat­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion prob­lems. Cycling is a more ef­fi­cient way to move peo­ple and must be part of the so­lu­tion. It also has many ad­di­tional ben­e­fits for our health, our com­mu­ni­ties and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Gee­long and the Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula have some of the most beau­ti­ful land­scapes in Vic­to­ria. Cycling of­fers a more en­joy­able way to ex­pe­ri­ence our re­gion for lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

It’s time to get over this in­cor­rect “us against them men­tal­ity”. Most cy­clists and are also mo­torists.

Let’s work to­gether to share our city’s roads and make our city more live­able .

Hay­den Hatcher, Ham­lyn Heights

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