August 2020

Port Phillip signals bike budget boost

Separated bike lanes along Jacka Boulevard and Beaconsfield Parade are part of a package of proposed active transport enhancements approved by the City of Port Phillip.

Separation at the S-Bend

New separated bike lanes have been installed at the bottom of William Street in the CBD where it curves around to link up with Queens Bridge over the Yarra.

New Ring Road Trail detour

The M80 trail will have an additional detour for a short period next month, with the Blaxland Avenue overpass unavailable for about a week in mid-September.

Tassie parks it despite winter chills!

Tasmanians got a rain-free day to Park it for the Planet but still had to rug up against a chilly winter wind on Wednesday 26 August to help build the 5 tonnes of avoided CO2 emissions.

Bikes drive down carbon emissions

More than five tonnes of carbon emissions were saved from being spewed into the environment yesterday by Bicycle Network's Park it for the Planet event.

No joy for bike riders in Midtown designs

Hobart Council has released draft plans for a redesign of the “midtown” section of Elizabeth Street but calls for safer bicycle conditions have been rejected.

Tassie Bike News Bites

In this edition's Bike News Bites our Ride2School program join the University of Tasmania on a climate change research project, Burnie road closure, funding agreed for Intercity Cycleway-Macquarie Point link and new RACT expert panel for Launceston transport vision.

Womens Health good reason to go for a ride

With rain washing out a couple of our recent social rides we’re crossing our fingers that the next few weekends dry up as we’ve got some great rides coming up, including our monthly Women on Wheels ride on Sunday 6 September celebrating Womens Health Week 7–11 September.

Europe’s pop-up lanes are promising

German climate researchers have assessed that the new bike infrastructure rolled out across Europe has potential to deliver $3B in health benefits each year.

More cycleways to pop-up in Sydney

Sydney's pop-up cycleway scheme rolls on, with Stage 2 plans including over 20 kilometres of new bike lanes across eight council areas.

Great Vic Bike Ride held off for 2020

The Great Vic will sadly not go ahead this year due to COVID-19, however we will be back in 2021 to visit the art silos and Grampians in Western Victoria.

E-bikes spark more riding

A study of the health benefits of e-bikes has found that that although physical exertion is only moderate, people tend to ride more often.

No more slip-sliding away

Riders will be relieved that there is no longer a risk of hitting the deck on the pontoon bridges over the Moonee Ponds Creek in West Melbourne.

Canning approaches completion

The year-long disruption of bike-busy Canning Street during the major M205 water main project is almost wrapped up, with only a few detours remaining.

Life slows down but the cars speed up

With streets notably quieter during lockdown, police have announced an alarming trend in dangerous speeding drivers taking advantage of the extra space.

No changes to Trenerry Crescent

Trenerry Crescent between Clifton Hill and Abbotsford will remain unchanged for the time being after a City of Yarra vote by councillors.

Recall: Cannondale’s rack off

Cannondale has recalled the front rack kit for Cannondale Treadwell bicycles as it can become detached from the bike, possibly causing injury.

Your brew delivers watt bombs

New research has shown that coffee can do more than get you up for a pre-dawn ride – the caffeine inside your cuppa can also increase your power.

New dawn for Mornington?

Mornington Shire is promising a reboot of its bike strategy to attract more riding on the Peninsula.

Stop-go on Main Yarra Trail

Riders along the Main Yarra Trail through Richmond-Abbotsford may experience some short delays over the next week as Yarra Trams undertakes some upgrades.

Top tips for riding to the shops

With Park it for the Planet coming up, we share some top tips on swapping out your car for the bike when heading to the shops.

WA goes big on bike trails

The Western Australian Government pledged a whopping $20m for bike projects earlier this week as part of a $150m infrastructure and tourism upgrade.

Greater Hobart mayors call for cycleway funds

Greater Hobart councils have banded together to ask the Tasmanian Government to fund a network of cycleways and better public transport in a joint submission update to this year’s budget process.

Tassie Bike News Bites

In this latest edition of bike news bites: Molle Street crossing gets funding, St Helens link path gets underway, Maydena scores MTB champs and more.

COVID crisis ignites interest in e-bikes

The 2020 bike boom has seen bike shops sell out around the world. But e-bikes have been selling fast too, with the e-bike boom predicted to last the longest.

London bike share turns 10

London’s bike share operation has survived ten—often controversial—years to reach a size and influence unthinkable when it took its first, uncertain ride.

The ‘burbing’ phenomenon

Burbing: to cycle every road in a suburb. One of the founding fathers of this increasingly popular phenomenon explains the concept in detail for us.

Cycleway rides aim to help you park it

Park it for the Planet preparatory rides, Kangaroo Bay hop-off rides and Gunns Plains all feature in our upcoming social rides with August hitting a possible record of 15 rides offered throughout the month and it’s not over yet!

Disruption in North Altona

Riders along Dohertys Road in North Altona near the Altona Memorial Park should to be aware of ongoing water main works over the next eight months.

Hobart climate plan supports e-bikes

As we get ready to Park it for the Planet on 26 August, the City of Hobart has released a draft five-year sustainability action plan for public comment with a few actions listed that will improve conditions for e-bike riders.

Parkiteer network still expanding

It’s clear public transport use has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However up until the recently announced stage four restrictions, Victoria’s big builds were still all systems go. Construction is still going on, and we expect that once Victoria reopens we will have a number of new Parkiteer cages opening. Thanks to the Level [...]

Recall: Specialized Sirrus cranks fail

Specialized has recalled its Sirrus bikes fitted with two-piece slotted cranks as the cranks may not have been installed to factory specification, causing risk to riders.