Please fix the unsafe chicanes on the Bellarine Rail Trail between Geelong and Drysdale - bring them up to Ausroads standards.
Why is this important?
The narrow chicanes on the Bellarine Rail Trail are the blight on a potentially great trail.
- pose safety and access issues to all riders. inexperienced riders are particularly likely to collide with the heavy wooden chicanes.
- reduces use by Tandems, bikes with trailers, loaded touring bikes, cargo bikes/trikes which typically cannot be ridden through the chicanes
- don't stop dirt bikes (they can access the trail in other places and negotiate the existing chicanes)
- provides a uncomfortable experience for tourists - who are less likely to return to the Bellarine Peninsula's fine wineries, beaches and landscapes.
Renovating the chicanes will improve access to the trail, get more people riding, walking, running, skating. It will be safer for cyclists, leading to more locals and tourists enjoying the Bellarine Rail Trail. It's a great asset that needs to reach its potential.
How it will be delivered
We'll submit this petition to the Councillors at a meeting.