August 2023

Call for bike riders to support Shrine to Sea

Feedback on the state government’s Shrine to Sea masterplan is open until 10 September and Bicycle Network is calling bike riders and active transport enthusiasts to ask that all eight sections include a separated bike lane.
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Platypuses, peace and women’s health

Special rides to celebrate events including platypus spotting to publicise a citizen science project, a ride as part of the Launceston Peace Festival and a ride to mark Women’s Health Week will be among the list of social rides this fortnight. Kangaroo Bay to Mt Rumney – Sunday 3 September The 22.5km Kangaroo Bay to [...]
A yellow sign with blue lettering saying N.E. Tas Rail Trail on a white wooden fence with a foggy bush backdrop.

North East Rail Trail appeals dismissed

An appeal against the Launceston Council’s approval of the extension of the North East Rail Trail has been dismissed, paving the way for the full project to proceed.

Greenline Project masterplan nears finalisation

After years of draft dreams, draft visions and draft masterplans, the 4km pedestrian and bike link along the Yarra north bank through the Melbourne CBD is closer to reality. Or a draft of reality, at least.

Carbon fault inspection training vital

An Australian firm has launched an international training program to help bike shops and bike mechanics better detect hidden damage to carbon fibre frames.

Kinglake route a better ride

Riders on the popular Kinglake route should have a better grip on the road following the completion of an upgrade program by the Department of Transport and Planning.

Ikea Copenhagen puts bikes front and centre

Hopping on the bike to go furniture something might seem like an ambitious undertaking, but Ikea has been challenging the notion that cars are a necessary part of this equation.

New tunnel site sets up close to trail

It could be decades before it carries a passenger, but Suburban Rail Link is stamping its footprint above ground and beginning works that will disrupt travel.
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Tassie Bike News Bites

New end of trip facilities at Launceston Council, free snoods for Women's Health Week, Hobart Rivulet path disruption and registrations open for the NE Rail Trail ride feature in this edition of News Bites.

Byron unlocks rail trail vision

Byron Shire has given the go-ahead for the development of Northern Rivers Rail Trail through its territory, opening an opportunity for the next stage of the 132 km project.

Inquiry hears collective call for safer roads

The need to slow car traffic in built-up areas and create separation to protect vulnerable road users from vehicles were some of the strongest themes put to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into road safety last week.

New tools for healthy city transport

RMIT University has embarked on a project to develop a new generation of visualisation tools that can simulate the health impacts of town planning and transport infrastructure decisions.

Ballarat eyes a bike-friendly future

Ballarat's vision of becoming a bike-friendly city with a well-connected network of paths is edging closer to reality, as Council presses ahead on a number of important projects for riders.

Second go at Ulverstone ride trio

The north-west riders are hardy bunch so it’s unusual for them to cancel a ride but last month’s gale-force winds means the three choices out of Ulverstone has been rescheduled to 27 August.

Rail trail on the table in Byron

As construction and investigative works continue on other segments of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail in New South Wales, the Byron Shire Council is about to decide whether it wants to join the party.

Rocky road for Shrine to Sea

The plan for a grand boulevard to connect the Melbourne Shrine to the sea has been released for a final round of public consultation.

Walmer works switch to Yarra south side

Just as works to build a new approach ramp on the north side of the Walmer Street Bridge in Kew near completion, a matching project on the south side of the Yarra River in Abbotsford is getting under way.
Man rides an electric bicycle on green grass with young child in seat on the pack rack and another child attached on a bicycle to the main bicycle.

Higher e-bike wattage on table in Tasmania

Legally allowable e-bike motor power could be increased in Tasmania, following a commitment from Minister for Infrastructure Michael Ferguson to consider motors up to 500 watts.

Steps: be gone!

The notorious Gipps Street steps on the Yarra trail have been demolished.

Geelong launches Green Spine extension

Block 3 of the Green Spine project to transform Malop Street in Geelong with landscaping and bike lanes is set to begin.  The Green Spine project will feature a linear park with native plants, seats, outdoor dining spaces and public art and connect the Geelong Station precinct to Johnstone Park and Eastern Park through six [...]

Creek upgrade moves ahead

The work to renaturalise a section of the Moonee Ponds Creek has reached the half way mark and work on new shared paths is now underway.

Coroner highlights “dog” danger

A Victorian Coroners finding into the death of a rider in the Melbourne CBD last year has highlighted the problem posed by the use of truck and dog trailer combinations in the Australia construction industry.

Train disruptions for the north and west

Riders counting on trains to complete their travels around Melbourne in the coming fortnight should be aware of bus replacement services that could impact their journeys.

Bike riders sound the alarm in RACV road safety survey

Earlier this year in response to troubling fatality figures, RACV invited Victorians to share their thoughts on road safety in the Melbourne. The results are now in and place bike rider safety among the chief concerns.