October 2021

University’s Sandy Bay plan not clear on bikes

The University of Tasmania has released a “concept master plan” for its Sandy Bay campus to create a new residential, educational and civic precinct but it could do better when it comes to cycling infrastructure.

Handbrake released on Park Street project

The project to upgrade the streetscape in Park Street in South Melbourne and include better bike facilities is rolling again after being stalled by local opposition.

Birds replace bikes on flooded trail

Wildlife is again frolicking in floodwaters across the Federation Trail at Laverton North, exactly a year after the problem appeared fixed for good.

Can I still ride my bike outdoors?

Bicycle Network has advice about when, where and who you can ride with during coronavirus restrictions. Advice was last updated on Monday 16 August 2021.

Oxford Street back to the drawing board

The City of Sydney have scrapped the bold plans for a moveable cycleway down the middle of Oxford Street, further delaying a safe passage for one of the busiest bike routes in the city.

Your Street, Your Say, Darebin

The City of Darebin is looking for feedback from locals to help them make the streets safer and more enjoyable for walking, cycling, scooting and playing outdoors.
eastern trails network

Main Yarra trail disruption

Travel along the Main Yarra Trail in Cremorne and Burnley will be disrupted next week as contractors conduct inspections of the freeway viaduct above the trail, along the river.

Detours on Barwon Heads Road

As work on the Barwon Heads Road widening project ramps up bike riders have been offered an alternative route to avoid the construction site.

Pop-ups to pop into Maribyrnong

The State Government’s project to install 100km of new and improved bike routes is now knocking at the door of the City of Maribyrnong with gifts that should entice more bike riders.

Recall: Tarmac is off the tarmac

Specialized has recalled one of the world’s most renowned road bikes because the fork steerer tube may crack due to a defect.

Bay Trail forges path further west

The trail around Port Phillip Bay will soon embark a new expedition that will take it as far west as the Point Cook Homestead and Coastal Park.

Tassie Bike News Bites

This edition's Bike News Bites examines a new crossing over the Channel Hwy, new path in Kingston and road resurfacing in Glenorchy as well as the Dial Range management plan, Labor supporting Derwent Valley rail funding and Augusta Rd petition.

Have your say on central Hobart plan approach

Release of the joint state–local government plan for central Hobart is still several months away but in the meantime a discussion paper will be released on 26 October outlining the approach to the plan and you can have your say.

Cygnet, Gunns Plains & Hobart rides

The coming fortnight has the usual array of interesting Hobart rides as well as a scenic loop out of Cygnet and through Gunns Plains, both with some decent hill climbs.

City chills pop-up rage

The panicky and fevered reaction against the pop-up bike lanes and on-street dining initiatives that spread across Melbourne during COVID times can be safely cured, according to a report to the City of Melbourne.

Do I really need standalone bike insurance?

Do you know the differences between home & contents and standalone insurance when it comes to covering your bike? We've put together this piece to explore some of the differences between the two.

Arden precinct plan firms up

Planning is nearing completion on the new bike-friendly precinct to be developed above and around the new underground Metro station in North Melbourne.

Spain plans slow passing laws

In an innovative move to improve the safety of bike riders on roads across Spain the government is planning to introduce slow passing laws.

The Little Vic – it’s just as Great!

Bicycle Network has announced that the 2021 Great Vic Bike Ride will be transformed into a four day event from 31 March to 3 April 2022 – rebranded the Little Vic.

Perth-Fremantle shared path extension opens

A new 2.1 kilometre section of shared path along the Fremantle train line that gives riders and walkers a safe, off-road route to travel between Perth and North Fremantle has opened.

Dutch Reach becomes law in UK

Changes to British road rules will now require motorists to adopt the Dutch Reach technique when opening doors, to protect people riding bikes. Should we do the same?
Box Hill to Hawthorn

Unboxing: Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail

The feasibility of the proposed Box Hill to Hawthorn trail along the railway corridor has been confirmed, with progress now dependent on future funding announcements.

Improve road safety in Wyndham

The City of Wyndham—the huge municipality in Melbourne’s burgeoning west—is developing a road safety strategy, and you can help.

Safety plan for deadly highway

The dark history of Black Forest Drive has possibly reached the final chapter, with new plans announced to tame the dangerous former highway.

Tassie Bike News Bites

A new cycling bridge in Launceston, MTB news from all over the state, the Bike Collective looking for wheels and Bicycle Network's road safety submission all feature in News Bites this edition.

Works near Capital City Trail

Riders will notice a water main renewal project underway adjacent to the Capital City Trail in North Fitzroy from next week.

Seniors, mental health week rides the focus

We’ve organised a few social rides to mark Seniors Week and Mental Health Week, as well as our other usual array of fantastic routes including a Tinderbox loop and the Charles Darwin Trail.

Shrine to Sea link takes shape

The creation of a bike-friendly boulevard from St Kilda Road to Beaconsfield Parade is taking shape with a vision for the project being revealed to the public.