TIME TO MAKE CYCLING SAFER ON OUR STREETS
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