Footy fans in Melbourne are being encouraged to leave the car at home ride a bike to the ground as the AFL men’s season kicks off this week.
There are five big games in Melbourne this weekend, and with the MCG carpark closed and limited parking options at Docklands, the best way to get to the game is on two wheels.
Bicycle Network spokesperson Anthea Hargreaves said that riding a bike can be quicker, easier and get you closer to the gates than a car.
“Traffic around Melbourne’s stadiums can be congested and slow, but on a bike, you can sail straight past the banks of cars and roll up next to the grandstand,” said Ms Hargreaves.
“Riding is also free and gives you great exercise, so you will have money left over for a guilt-free pie, chips or hotdog at the footy.”
Melbourne’s two major stadiums have excellent bike access, with off-road cycle paths and protected bike lanes making it easy for families and people of all ages to ride.
The MCG has around 130 bike parking hoops in Yarra Park which is accessible by bike via many points including Birrarung Marr and the William Barak Bridge, Clarendon Street and Rowena Parade.
Bike parking in Docklands is available along Harbour Esplanade next to the Capital City Trail, as well as on La Trobe and Bourke Streets.
“As well as getting to the game stress-free you can also make a quick exit instead of waiting in a carpark queue, and if your team wins, you let your scarf blow in the wind with pride,” added Ms Hargreaves.
Using a bike is still an option if you live further away from the football grounds and can help you get to train stations and public transport that might not usually be accessible.
“You don’t have to ride the full distance. You can bike to the train station and use a secure Parkiteer cage which means you won’t be impacted by car park troubles at the ground,” added Ms Hargreaves.
When arriving at the footy, be sure to lock your bike up securely and use designated bike parking where possible.
Stadium maps and parking locations
The below stadiums have information on their websites about how to get there by bike and where to park. Click on the stadium name for information.
Bicycle Network regularly offers free, secure valet bike parking at Blundstone Arena on match days. Details are communicated before each event.