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Victoria’s Surf Coast is getting a new 20km off-road cycling link

The majestic Great Ocean Road has so much to offer locals and visitors alike, dotted with picturesque seaside towns, beautiful beaches and breathtaking views. It will soon have an extra attraction on the east side, with a new off-road cycling link between two of the region’s most popular cities. If you’re an avid cyclist, this will be music to your ears.

The future cycle link will stretch across the Bellarine Peninsula between the regional coastal metropolis of Geelong and surfing paradise Torquay and will provide a direct inland route to connect the two cities. The area is a popular spot for cycling enthusiasts, so the new trail is designed to improve safety for cyclists, who would previously travel along the busy Surf Coast Highway and compete with traffic.

A cyclist riding along a road.
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The off-road cycle path runs along Horseshoe Bend Road, which runs parallel to the main road connecting the two coastal towns and covers a distance of 20 kilometers to connect northern Torquay to Marshall Station in southern Geelong. It would also link up with other cycle routes along the way, such as those in Armstrong Creek and along Barwon Heads Road.

Surf Coast Shire Council has received a $30,000 grant from the Transport Accident Commission to begin the project to build the new path, as part of a program designed to improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians. There is no set date for the opening of the cycle path as the project is in its early stages. But if you’re an avid cyclist, keep an eye on this page for updates.

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