May 2020

Changes at Walmer Street Bridge

The construction project adjacent to the Walmer Street Bridge in Abbotsford will make temporary alterations to bike and pedestrian movement.

Meet our volunteers

To help celebrate National Volunteer Week 2020, we thought we'd help you get to know some of our volunteers with a bit of Q&A.

Riding to school – give it a go!

Have you or your children ever thought about riding a bike to school? Now is the perfect time to give it a go as we come out of coronavirus restrictions.
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Italy funds recovery by bike

Italians who buy a new bicycle can get up to 500 euros from government as part of a 55-billion-euro stimulus package for Italy's virus-stricken economy.

Huntingfield plan misses bike connections

The Tasmanian Government has released a draft master plan for a major new residential development in Huntingfield in the state’s south and is calling for public feedback, including on active transport connections, before 26 June.
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The shock of the quiet

Without the incessant thrum of motors, wheels and exhausts, our world is revealing a soundscape that has been hidden from us since the advent of motordom.
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Changes to Flinders Street

Major changes are being made to the Flinders Street/Swanston Street intersection, however the busy Swanston Street bike lanes will operate as usual.

Bikes palmed off Yarra Trail

The move of a couple of stately palm trees will close a section of the Yarra Trail near the rowing sheds next week.

Tassie Bike News Bites

More undercover bike hoops in Hobart, a petition to close Pinnacle Rd regularly, new NW MTB track works begin, and bike stolen in Tassie found in Melbourne are some of the stories in this edition's Bike News Bites.

Keep riding through winter, it’s a breeze

With the boom in bike riding during our gorgeous crisp autumn days, there’s a danger that the first hint of a frosty morning will turn people away from their newfound passion for bikes, but with the right gear and knowledge winter riding's a breeze.

Pop-up cycleways for central Sydney

More than 10 kilometres of pop-up bike lanes will be installed in the City of Sydney in the coming weeks as part of the NSW state government's plan to ease coronavirus restrictions.

Celebrating 30 great years

Here's the story of Bicycle Network volunteers Keith and Ray who have notched up 30 years in the blue polo shirt.

Life member and honour board inductees

Every year during National Volunteer Week, Bicycle Network inducts volunteers to our honour board and awards new life memberships. Here are 2020's recipients.

Slow roll out of restrictions

There has been an easing of COVID-19 restrictions in some parts of Australia – but we have to hold off from going back to the big bunch.

Covid count shows bikes are booming

Bike riders made up nearly half of all users on Hobart's recreational paths in a count done on 25 April to document the boom in riding during COVID-19 restrictions.
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Pop-up bike lanes for Melbourne

City of Melbourne will be the first place in Australia to install pop-up bike lanes as a response to the increased number of bike riders during COVID-19.

Work starts on Edgars Road-M80 upgrade

Work is now underway on the next stage of the M80 Ring Road upgrade, and there will be impacts on the M80 Trail as works proceed over the next three years.

French to get bike repair cash

Tres bien – the French government is offering citizens $85 for bike servicing and repair. It's just one of many things being done to keep people riding.

Bridge lift to close trail

The construction of a new bike and pedestrian bridge on the Federation Trail over Leakes Road in Truganina will require a one day detour of the Trail.

Bike rider numbers continue to grow

The latest count of people riding during COVID-19 has confirmed what we've all been thinking – they're bursting at the seams and we need more space to ride.
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Brisbane bike bridge plans go ahead

With public consultation complete, a business case will now be developed for the Kangaroo Point bike bridge, with state government committing $1.6m to the plan.

Smart works to stunt M7 riders

Works on the M4 Smart Motorway where it intersects with the M7 at Eastern Creek will cause changes to the M7 riding and walking trail from this weekend.

Redefining our relationship with riding

We chatted to four different people who've redefined their relationship with riding bikes since the COVID-19 lockdown. How have you redefined your relationship with riding?
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E-bike tariffs confirmed

Australian e-bikes riders will have to cough up an estimated $2M a year extra due to a troublesome tariff on electric assisted bikes.
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Security improvements along Southbank

The concrete security blocks at certain locations on Southbank Promenade will be removed starting next week as the City of Melbourne proceeds with replacements.

Tassie Bike News Bites

The Macquarie Point path will close for a couple of months as the Tasman Bridge paths re-open, Invermay road works close Forster St bike lanes, bushfire relief gloves on sale and Hobart pauses its Central Precincts Plan consultation.

Interruption to Capital City Trail

The water main project along Canning Street, North Carlton, moves across to the Capital City Trail next week, requiring a short detour for bikes.
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Royal Park improvements soon

Work will start in the next month or so on landscape improvements in Royal Park that will improve the park environment, and also the experience for riders.

Trail change at the Peppercorn Lawn

Bikes along the Yarra Trail near Princes Bridge will be impacted by a new worksite for Melbourne Metro Tunnel on the lawn next to the rowing sheds.
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More space to ride in NSW?

Pop-up bike lanes are on the drawing board in NSW with the state government looking to accommodate the increased interest in riding during COVID-19.

Detour if you ride on Clyde

People who ride on Clyde Road near Berwick station will encounter a small detour next week as preliminary work for removal of the level crossing is done.