Friday, November 7, 2008

Western Region bike ride

The Western Bulldogs football team are organising a bike ride to raise funds and awareness for juvenile diabetes. The ride is on Sunday November 23rd and there are three options for distance, which should suit most people.

More details are on their web site.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Shameless plug

Phil Richardson, who does most of the work around here and sometimes even answers his phone, has plans to ride around Australia raising money for Camp Quality. Have a squizz at his blog site Camp Quality Country Mile Tour.

Phil's ride is planned to start on March 1st, 2009. Onya Phil!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

October update

This is the Brooklyn road trail overlooking the old rail bridge. Offroad bikes can get much closer, at risk of a puncture ;-)

Da gang.

Well the warmer weather and daylight savings have brought a few more riders out of the woodwork. There's also a bunch of road riders with whom we've come in contact who ride up to Gisborne every weekend.

We trialed a Friday morning ride, meeting at Gloria Jeans at 9.30. It went well for a few weeks but probably needs some more interest if it were to continue.

Other suggestions have been made for Sunday morning rides and weeknights after work. Please feel free to get in touch if you'd like to join in. There are no fees or any special requirements for clothing or bikes. The group is not responsible for organisation as such, simply a way for riders to meet and arrange casual group rides.

We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Toolern Park proposal update.

Well, we're a little behind on this but here's some updated info on the park proposed for Melton South along the Toolern Creek.

Parks Victoria are working on plans for development of the park and they're asking for ideas and feedback from the community. MelBUG would like to see some BMX and MTB tracks included in the development, since there isn't a whole lot in the area for youngsters to do, and not much that isn't accesible by car.

The press release from last year gives a few initial details.

There's also a *.pdf information paper for planning of the park's development. This paper was current from August to October of last year (2007) but there's still plenty of space in the process for interested parties to offer suggestions and feedback.

Feel free to get involved!

We desperately need something people can do free of charge, and access locally, for recreation.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The bike lanes we need.

Poached from Treadly (again)

These are the bike lanes we need on the Western Freeway here, if indeed we actually want them *on* the road.

This is not, however, the signage we want blocking said lane. ;-)

Monday, August 25, 2008

How they're doing it in other municipalities....

The Age ran a story recently about proposed developments for cycling along Sydney Road.

MELBOURNE'S traffic-clogged Sydney Road would have segregated bike lanes to give cyclists a five kilometre path each way under a transport plan commissioned by Moreland Council.

The draft Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy for 2009-18 calls for an investigation into Copenhagen-style bike lanes between Gaffney Street in North Coburg and Park Street at the southern edge of Brunswick.

Naturally it's been deferred till after the local Council elections in November and naturally local businesses are envisioning that the sky will fall... however at least they're considering improvements.

Makes me rather thankful we still have time to get things right out this way.

End of hibernation.

Well, Spring's just about here. The magpies are swooping, there's a bit of rain, and more cyclists are beginning to emerge blinking into the daylight.

The really, really good news is that we're beginning to work with Melton Shire Council on a cycling strategy for the Shire and looking into developments for road, BMX and MTB riders around here. None too soon!

If you'd like to add your input to the process, feel free to join in.

Feedback on the regular ride times would also be appreciated. The 11am Friday rides kind of fell by the wayside over the Winter months, and will need resurrecting.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Moreland Cyclovia

On Sunday Moreland Council closed Sydney road to car traffic for six hours in a cycling and sustainable transport festival the Tour de Moreland or Cyclovia.

Tour de Moreland Gallery.

Two wheels rule on Sydney Road.

The Age photo gallery.

This got me thinking. Every year during the Djerriwarrh festival the High St closure generally results in car traffic backed up all over the place and much hassle. What if this year we promoted Djerriwarrh as a little bit alternative and suggested that people can get around easily and quickly if they bring their bikes? We need more bike racks in and around the CBD anyway, and with bike races and a bike fix going it could be a lot of fun rather than a lot of headaches sitting in traffic.

Full Moon rides.

There's a full moon coming up on Saturday, April 19th. Geelong BUG have a long tradition of using the monthly lunar events as an excuse for a bunch ride and picnic. Bike Fun also organise occasional full moon rides around Melbourne.

Now that more recreational cyclists are joining up for MelBUG, the time's right to start organising our own bike fun events like the full moon ride.

If you'd like to come along or have some suggestions for a route for the ride, please contact Phil. Everybody's welcome. The more the merrier as they say.

Update: April happenings

Bike recycling is going pretty well, pending promotion. We've had another four bikes donated and given away two. The shed is filling up with bikes that need some TLC and a few parts.

Friday morning's rides have been a bit intermittent. If anyone's interested in coming along, please let us know. A small group have been exploring the bike tracks around Melton and experiencing the road conditions. It's a bit of fun for beginners.

Bike fix runs in Melbourne every Sunday afternoon (weather permitting) in the Carlton gardens. If anyone would like to come along and have a look, perhaps to get some ideas for running something similar in Melton, you're welcome. The annual Djerriwarrh festival in November would be a perfect venue for a free Bike Fix session.

MelBUG also now has a new member contact in Phil, and some printer carts. Look out for our flyers and notices around the traps in Melton!