February 2019

movement and place

New system to fix road planning conflicts

A fresh approach to transport planning in Victoria could result in better connected roads and public transport and a compelling mesh of easy-to-ride bike routes.
metro tunnel

Construction trucks fenced in by GPS

The Melbourne Metro Tunnel project is using innovative GPS technology to keep construction vehicles on approved roads and away from bike riders.
stony creek

Hospital-Creek connection a lifesaver

Melbourne Water is looking into revitalising the section of Stony Creek that runs along the back of Sunshine Hospital which would create a new bike route.

Timely re-think on school boundaries

A review of how school zone boundaries are set is underway, and Bicycle Network would like to see the opportunity for active travel to school taken in to consideration.
GM e-bike

GM see bike future ahead

General Motors has joined the long conga line of car companies looking to enter the bike business as car sales retreat, with a snazzy new design.

Crashing solo is half the problem

A new study has confirmed that half of the bike injuries on the road come from crashes that involve just one vehicle: your bike.

Fork fail leads to death

A sudden mechanical failure has lead to the tragic death of an Ocean Grove rider, igniting reminders for all riders to regularly check the structural integrity of older bikes.
active april

Warming up for Active April

The Premier's Active April encourages Victorians to 30 mins of exercise per day during April, and National Ride2School Day on March 22 is the perfect warm up!
bondi junction cycleway

An unfounded obsession with car parks

Contrary to current concerns of Bondi Junction businesses, studies show transforming car parking space to accommodate bike paths has a positive impact on retail.
oakleigh south

Hope for primary school congestion crisis

A recent article highlighted a congestion issue at a Melbourne primary school that has reached crisis level. The Ride2School team believe they may be able to help.

Parliamentary inquiry sits on NE Rail Trail

The Legislative Council held public hearings in its North East Rail Trail inquiry in Launceston and Scottsdale in February, but this week’s proroguing of parliament means the dates of further hearings are now unknown.  The Legislative Council will have to reinstate the inquiry following parliament’s return on 19 March and set new hearing dates, although [...]

Tassie bicycle news

Hobart council starts Elizabeth Street project and plans to seal Huon Road, the North West Coastal Pathway still stalled, Meehan Range set for upgrade and Freycinet shared path on the planning board.
10 years of peaks

Tim’s 10 years of Peaks

Tim Ellison is saddling up for his tenth Peaks Challenge Falls Creek ride in 2019. We asked him about some of his favourite moments and for some tips for the rest of us.
10 years of peaks

D***heads, nutjobs and Samboy chips

10 times Peaks finisher Mark McLean told us it never gets easier, but having a group of like minded "nutjobs" by your side makes the challenge worthwhile.
10 years of peaks

Craig Hobart – Peeling the Onion

Craig's inspiring story from Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 2013 describes being broken but never beaten, and finding another gear when your mates have your back.

Ride2School Golden Wheel goes west

Warrnambool West Primary School has received Bicycle Network's Ride2School Golden Wheel for having the best active travel rate in Victoria.
NSW Future Transport Strategy

NSW Labor commits millions for bikes

Labor have committed to spend $412 million on infrastructure that makes it easier to ride and walk if the party wins the NSW State Election next month.

Bike riders spot distracted drivers

A survey by Bicycle Network has found out just how often bike riders are spotting distracted driving and the impact it is having on riding.
dutch reach

How the Dutch Reach could have stopped a dooring

A disturbing video emerged this week of two riders being doored on Port Road in Adelaide.  The incident captured on helmet cam, clearly shows the driver opening his car door into the path of oncoming riders who are subsequently thrown from their bikes. Both riders were taken to hospital with leg and shoulder injuries. We [...]

South Kensington bike route changes

Riders will face temporary changes to their route within the Lloyd Street business estate near South Kensington station from this weekend.

Capital City Trail upgrade—smooooth!

The City of Yarra is upgrading the rather bumpy section of the Capital City Trail between St Georges Road and Bennett Street, and detours are in place.
giant recall

Children’s bike recall

Giant has recalled several models of children's bicycles due to non-compliant reflectors. Consumers should contact their local Giant retailer to arrange a new fitting.

Cash for commuting catches on

The Italian city of Bari are paying residents per kilometre to ride bikes, in a bid to get people out of cars and rid the city of car traffic congestion.

Women on Wheels heads east

Our premier Bike Week ride, Women on Wheels, is heading to Sorell this year for an easy trip around the scenic Orielton Lagoon on Sunday 3 March.

Bike Week is coming!

Tasmanian Bike Week is set to roll from 3 to 10 March this year, with lots of rides and events planned across the state.

Tassie news bites

Work is underway on Hobart's Rivulet path and we have a winner for our Taste of Tasmania valet parking competition with Cranke.

City of Launceston plans northern suburbs’ future

The City of Launceston has released a northern suburbs discussion paper to help shape the revitalisation plan it committed to in the City Deal.  The paper focuses on the six areas of health and wellbeing; housing; education; transport; employment and economic growth; and Infrastructure and public spaces. Bicycle infrastructure and support were not in the top issues mentioned during [...]

How do you ride to the station?

Would you like your bike trip to the train to be easier? Transport for Victoria and Public Transport Victoria want to hear your thoughts.

Trucks turfed off Beach Road

Trucks will be banned from driving on Beach Road between Port Melbourne and Mordialloc all day, everyday from the end of this month.