Don’t go loco during rail disruptions

Bicycle Network will be making sure commuters don’t go loco during upcoming rail disruptions by helping them jump on a bike and take two wheels to work.

Riding a bike to either the city or a different railway line will help commuters avoid delays of more than 60 minutes as closures to the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines occur next month.

Buses will be replacing trains between Caulfield and Flinders Street stations on weekdays between 8 and 23 April, but Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said that doesn’t mean it will take hours to get to work.

“Instead of waiting for crowded and slow replacement buses you can ride a bike and get to work faster, cheaper and healthier,” said Mr Richards.

“With off-road bike paths that lead into the city and free Parkiteer cages at stations on the Glen Waverley line there are plenty of ways to avoid the rail disruptions.”

Helping commuters get riding

Bicycle Network has made many plans to help show people the way and make it easier for new riders to go to work by bike while the rail disruptions are on.

Before the disruptions begin, Bicycle Network will be on station platforms at affected stations to meet commuters and give information and maps showing the best places to ride.

On Saturday 6 April Bicycle Network will lead a practice ride from Oakleigh station to East Malvern and Gardiner stations which have Parkiteer cages and will have trains running while other lines are disrupted.

This ride will include the new Djerring Trail under the skyrail, as well as the Gardiners Creek trail.

Bicycle Network will then also lead a ‘bike-train’ departing from Oakleigh station at 7:33am on Monday 8 April. It will race trains and replacement buses to see which mode of transport arrives in the city first.

“We know that riding a bike can often be quicker than driving, especially during peak hour in congested Melbourne. Our bike-train will show that riding is easily the best way to commute,” added Mr Richards.

Get more info and join rides

Click here to read more about the rail disruptions on the PTV website.