May 2019

Swapping Seats - Around the Bay activation

Truckies and bike riders set to swap seats

Melbourne bike riders are being given the chance to see the road from a truck driver’s point of view at a special event hosted by Bicycle Network and Rail Projects Victoria.

Been wronged? You can fight a fine.

Two different riders in Melbourne were given unreasonable fines by police but had a good result in court. If you've also been wronged you can get support.
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More Great Vic alumni gold

Australian sprint cycling champion Caitlin Ward has added her name to the growing list of Aussie superstars who cut their teeth on the Great Vic Bike Ride.

St Kilda Road fix in the budget

The Victorian State Government today announced that they will come good on an election promise to build bike lanes on St Kilda Road with $27 million committed in the 2019/20 budget.

Changes to West Footscray station path

Riders that use the shared path across the railway line within West Footscray station will notice changed conditions on the overpass for the rest of the year.
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Drivers will block texts, not calls

New research shows that drivers may be willing to use phone apps that block the most distractions, but still want to be able to chat in hands free mode.
eZee ebike battery recall

Recall: e-bike battery flame out

A battery fitted to some eZeebike e-bikes has been recalled as it can catch fire during re-charging. The product was sold from 1 April 2016 until 30 June 2018.
M41 water main renewal

Wellington Parade closure looms

The M41 Water Main Renewal Project will commence construction at the Wellington Parade and Clarendon Street intersection, from Tuesday 11 June, disrupting bike routes.

Riders, take care on Cardigan and Elgin

The City of Melbourne is improving the footpath and kerbing on the north side of Elgin Street in Carlton, impacting riders for 10 days, starting Monday 27 May.

Escape to the red centre

Missed our first outback adventure? Bicycle Network General Manager, Public Affairs Anthea Hargreaves recaps the first Great Outback Escape.

Tassie Bike News Bites

A roundup of news bites for bike riders, including a pump track at Railton, West Tamar Hwy changes, new Kingborough tracks map, and St Helens tracks.

Greater Hobart councils work on transport

The Greater Hobart Bill has passed the Tasmanian House of Assembly and is on its way to the Legislative Council, with better collaboration on transport planning a key element of the bill.

Bonnet Hill widening wins tick of approval

We received a letter today from the Bonnet Hill Community Association thanking Bicycle Network and Cycling South for the all work that went into getting funding and support for the widening of Channel Highway through Bonnet Hill.

Ride2School Day stats roll in

The stats from National Ride2School Day are in and it was our biggest one yet! See how many schools and students around the country got involved in 2019.

Have you seen this bike?

One of Bicycle Network's election campaign bikes has gone missing, with no information about where it might be.
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Baxter to Somerville bike path funded

A Coalition Government will invest $2M to deliver the ‘missing link’ shared pedestrian and bike path between Somerville and Baxter on the Mornington Peninsula.

Greens pledge $1 billion for bikes

The Australian Greens have pledged $1 billion in funding over four years to help make it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes across the country.

Exercise keeps the flab behind you

New study suggests continued exercise, rather than chronic restriction of diet, is key to stopping previously obese people from regaining weight they've lost.
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Cargo bikes deliver better health

A new initiative in London aims to switch 15 per cent of city deliveries to cargo bikes, in a bid to save up to 450 lives and £10 million per year.
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Work starts on Monash connection

Works have started on an important bike path link along Forster Road in Mount Waverley, that will help connect riders to Monash University.
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Jewell Station detour change

From Wednesday 15 May the Jewell Station redevelopment will divert the shared path in Upfield via the western side of the station, through Watson Street.

Tassie Bike News Bites

Short news bites from around Tasmania including buses to Derby, Huon Valley recreational plan, Tasman Bridge accidents, Shredding Betties launch as club and Hobart Council news.

Celebrate volunteer week, visit Mac Point

It’s Volunteer Week on 20–26 May and we’ll be celebrating with a drink and nibbles on Hobart’s waterfront following the Macquarie Point Open Day on Saturday 25 May.

Older riders a growing injury problem

The good news is that older people are riding bikes more to stay active and healthy. The bad news is that they are crashing their way into hospitals at a growing rate.

Drive so that others survive

Drivers are being encouraged to lead the way and make a pledge ‘to drive so that others survive’ as part of National Road Safety Week.
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ACT drivers are keeping their distance

Motorists in the ACT are generally giving people who ride bikes enough distance when passing, however compliance decreases on high speed roads and highways.

Driving to work is killing you

Being obese combined with car commuting has been associated with a 32% higher risk of premature death, reports a recent study from British Heart Foundation.