February 2022

Help refine Geelong's Green Spine

Help refine Geelong’s Green Spine

The next phase of Geelong's Green Spine Project plans are open for community consultation until Sunday 6 March, with information sessions on Tuesday 1 March.

The tale of 10 years bike commuting data

Bicycle Network’s Super Tuesday commuter count is coming up on Tuesday 1 March 2022, and with a decade of data in the bank, this post-lockdown bike count could be the most insightful yet.

Bike Week packs out the rides this fortnight

The Bike Week rides are plumping up our usual social rides calendar, so if you can’t find a ride that suits you in the coming fortnight, well, we just don’t know what to do with you!
Stonnington signs up to e-bike trial

Stonnington signs up to e-bike trial

Locals and visitors can now enjoy a new way to move around the City of Stonnington because of a 12-month trial of electric share bikes trial.
Wonthaggi–Inverloch pathway finds funding

Wonthaggi–Inverloch pathway finds funding

The state government has pledged $3 million for a vital connection between Wonthaggi and Inverloch, which will allow people to travel by bike or foot between Inverloch and Cowes.

COVID can’t put the brakes on Bike Week

While the outbreak of the Omicron virus has put a dampener on many events, it can’t put the brakes on Tasmanian Bike Week on 6–13 March because it’s all about getting on your bike and having fun.

Tassie Bike News Bites

New bike parking in Hobart, comment on Freycinet shared path, South Hobart campaign for better bike infrastructure and a call for more Super Tuesday volunteers features in this Bike News Bites.
Moomba crowd clog looms

Moomba crowd clog looms

Riders beware, the Labour Day long weekend in early March will likely clog some roads and paths in and around the city as crowds throng to Moomba festivities.
Garden City Links in full bloom

Garden City Links in full bloom

Riders through Port Melbourne now have great new bike connections to get through the Garden City and Beacon Cove neighbourhoods.
Minor detour for big pipe project

Minor detour for big pipe project

There will be a minor disruption to the Bay Trail through Westgate Park this week as Melbourne Water prepares to build a new sewer under the Yarra near the Westgate Bridge.
Paris removes another 10,000 parking spaces

Staggering cost of cars revealed

A new study from Germany that investigated the real costs of private car ownership over a lifetime of driving, for the car owner and wider society.

Koo Wee Rup link underway

Work will soon be underway on a new 11km trail between Pakenham and Koo Wee Rup in Melbourne’s outer south-east.
Works to continue along Gardiners Creek Trail

Works to continue along Gardiners Creek Trail

Minor disruptions along the Gardiners Creek Trail will continue as Melbourne Water moves to the next stage of the rehabilitation of the sewer main that runs through the valley.

Consistency wins the day for Kathy

Kathy describes her bike riding as consistently slow. But her mental game is consistently strong, and she got the job done... twice!

Candice’s can do attitude

Peaks 2020 was Candice's first cycling event, ever. Having only been riding a couple of months and with the memories of her partner's torturous experience still fresh... she got to training!

West Tamar plan backs path review, new lanes

The Tasmanian Government has released a corridor plan for the West Tamar Highway which recommends more improvements to on-road cycling lanes and further consideration of an off-road path.

Barossa Trail extension underway

The western end of the Barossa Rail Trail will be extended to provide riders with a better thoroughfare to and from Gawler.

State cash for Peninsula Trail

A $3M funding grant from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund has given long-hoped-for momentum to the plan for completion of the ambitious Mornington Peninsula Trail.
shopping on bicycle

The massive potential for bike riding in ‘30 minute cities’

A new study by RMIT University has found that nearly 30 per cent of Australian workers could reach their current workplace by riding a bike, despite only 1.1 per cent currently hopping on the pedals.     Researchers from the Centre of Urban Research were interested in the role that active travel could play in a [...]

Dodgy drivers under more scrutiny

Victoria Police is boosting technology to scan numberplates for cars and drivers that should not be on the road – a major factor in reducing fatal collisions.

More railway station disruption

Bike riders who ride to or through railway station precincts have more disruptions to contend with during February, this time in the west and north.

Main Yarra Trail disruptions

Works on the Hoddle Bridge over the Yarra River are expected to result in minor disruption to bike traffic on the Main Yarra Trail over the next month.

Monaro Rail Trail agreement signed

The proposed 200 kilometre Monaro Rail Trail through NSW's south-east has taken a monumental step after local councils agreed to work together on the project.

NSW to double-up on bike budget

NSW Active Transport Minister Rob Stokes plans to double the spend on active transport to rebalance the states infrastructure priorities and support the record number of people riding bikes.

Northern Beaches road safety blitz

Northern Beaches council is conducting a road safety blitz to encourage awareness by motorists and support more people riding bikes in the area.

Surf Parade Shared Path extension

Bass Coast Shire Council contractors have started work on the Veronica to Ozone street section of the Surf Parade Shared Path extension in Inverloch.

Heading high into the hills in February

Lots of our rides this fortnight have a few climbs in them, so cross your fingers that the winds are lying low and head out on your bike to test your knees and thighs, or just take the e-bike!

Tassie Bike News Bites

Kingborough BUG social rides in our calendar, Devonport Council looking for budget priorities, On your Bike Tours for sale and Bridgewater Bridge crossing delays feature in this edition of Tassie Bike News Bites.

Working from home hits commuter numbers

The initial results of our two-hour Hobart Super Tuesday count in 2021 indicated commuter rider numbers were down on previous years and the final analysis shows the drops were significant and across the entire Hobart area.

Avoiding Carmageddon

With lockdowns and travel restrictions now lifted, but the latest variant still lingering, our post-lockdown transport is facing some new challenges, and all roads point to car chaos.

Trail closed for upgrade

Work has started on the upgrade of the shared path along Belgrave-Hallam Road in Narre Warren North, with detours starting this month.

Detour for Upfield Trail

There will be a detour of the Upfield Trail in North Coburg for most of this year, with riders diverted to the west side of the rail line at Merlynston Station.

Pop-up promise flops

Bicycle Network has firmly backed the roll out the pop-up bike lanes in response to the pandemic. However, some of the pop-ups lanes appear to be mere upgrade of paint colour.

More bike buses for Bendigo

Riders can soon bring their bikes when travelling on local bus routes in Bendigo, Castlemaine, and Heathcote, thanks to the extension of the Bikes on Buses initiative.

E-scooters hit the streets of Melbourne

If you haven't noticed them already, we are sure you will soon be well aware that e-scooter have finally hit the streets of Melbourne. Here are our thoughts.