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August 2021

Alfred Street upgrade in Parramatta

Alfred Street in Harris Park, a priority cycling route in the Parramatta area, is set for some bike-friendly upgrades, including prioritized bicycle crossings at roundabouts.

Napier Street works underway

Riders on Napier Street through Fitzroy should be alert to roadworks take place along the busy connection to the city.
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How to get more cargo bikes on the street

Cargo bikes are on the up as communities seek to reduce traffic congestion and emissions in cities, either by commercial logistics or household doing their own schlepping.

Give bikes more space, says new plan

Our roads should be deliberately redesigned to give more space to bikes, public transport and walking, Infrastructure Victoria has recommended.

Minor detour on Main Yarra Trail

A minor detour around the Main Yarra Trail in Abbotsford will be in place early next week while work is done to stabilise the riverbank.
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Djerring Trial temporary closures

Riders on the Djerring Trail in Springvale may be impacted as sections of the trail are temporarily closed from September to November.

Cycling safety projects lined up ready to go

The Commonwealth Government has teamed up with the states and local councils to fund extra road safety projects as part of COVID-19 stimulus funding and in Tasmania this is resulting in 7 cycling safety projects.

Active kids become smart adults

Important new research from Japan has established that an active childhood produces a smarter healthier brain in later life.

Spring in the air for September rides

Spring is in the air and our social ride leaders have responded with a wide selection of rides in the next fortnight, including a special Women’s Health Week ride, and more being scheduled for coming weeks.

Launceston at cross-roads on strategy

Launceston Council has adopted a transport strategy and responses to climate change that commit to active transport, but it’s fallen at the first hurdle in implementing the strategies with the concept plan for the next stage of the City Heart project not making any mention of cycling.

Tassie Bike News Bites

Huon Road shoulders sealed, tweed ride on again in Launceston, work starts on park'n'rides, Ride2Uni gets ready to roll, new MTB kids book and Big Bike Flim night is on in October.

Moonee Ponds Creek Trail rocks on

A project to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek in Strathmore and Oak Park has a vision for the creek that really rocks. And when the rocks roll in, the concrete trucks roll out.

Upfield Trail on the up and up

The on-again off-again extension of the Upfield Trail through to the M-80 Ring Road has been confirmed, with a starting date locked in for the middle of next year.

Help shape Tweed’s new bike plan

The Tweed Shire Council is seeking feedback from bike riders to help develop a new 10-year action plan for investment in active transport infrastructure.
Suburban Rail to loop in bikes

Suburban Rail to loop in bikes

The massive Suburban Rail Loop project will rely significantly on large numbers of passengers riding bikes to the 12 stations, recently released studies show.

Another hold up for the Harbour Bridge

The NSW Heritage Council has called for provisions to minimise the impacts on the heritage listed Sydney Harbour Bridge following the release of long-awaited bike ramp designs.

Pascoe Vale bike lanes to stick around

Protected bike lanes on Kent Road and Northumberland Road in Pascoe Vale will be kept for the time being after Moreland council voted down a proposal to rip them out by the end of the month.

Townsville’s big MTB plans

Townsville is the latest city putting plans together to capitilise on the growing trend of mountain biking, and they've got one of the biggest clubs in the country behind them.
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New plans for Arden Station

The amended designs for the area surrounding the new Metro Tunnel station at Arden in West Melbourne have been released for public comment, and remain bike friendly... mostly.

Low-carbon freight can carry the load

The heat is on the Australian transport sector to front up to its responsibilities to reduce emissions, and cargo bikes can be a quick, easy and cost-effective first step.

Road safety that helps people riding

Tasmania’s upper house has opened an inquiry into road safety and is calling for submissions on how we can cut the unnaceptablly high number of deaths and injuries on our roads.
WA bike transport funding

Bikes the best bet in diabetes fight

Regular bike riding lowers risk of mortality among people with diabetes, and has a more powerful effect than other physical activity such as walking, a new study has found.

Look at me! Look at me!

New research into making our riding garments safer found that riders are keen to be conspicuous on the road, but don’t want to look like road workers.

Work starting on Mt Dandenong Road

The long-awaited safety upgrades to the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road will get underway later this month, including new widened shoulders and rest areas.

Major Geelong bike path upgrades

A plan to duplicate the rail line through Geelong’s southern suburbs will also complete a major bike link from South Geelong to Waurn Ponds. Have your say on the concept designs.
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Northern trails review underway

The vision for the trail network across Melbourne’s north is to be updated, and you can help by taking a survey about your experiences of the network and hopes for the future.

Tassie Bike News Bites

This week's Bike News Bites covers the missing bikes in Launceston's City Heart plan, how you can support the Lutana Link in Glenorchy, Devonport adding to the Coastal Pathway, an appeal date for the North East Rail Trail development and the green light for Collins and Molle streets intersection.

Explore more of the state by bike

Our social ride leaders have put together rides for the coming fortnight that help your explore areas and routes you may not be familiar with including Hobart’s hills, a weekend out of Ouse, eastern shore circuits and Ridgely’s rural roads.

Hobart ferry off and running

Hobart’s ferry trial began this week and the response from people riding has been strong, with the first day seeing about 10 bikes per trip.

Show your support for Pascoe Vale trial

Moreland Council will discuss removing recently installed bike lanes on Kent Road and Northumberland Road in Pascoe Vale at a council meeting on Wednesday night.

Recall: E-bike battery fire hazard

The batteries fitted to certain Specialized electric mountain bikes can catch fire and potentially injure the rider and damage the bike and property.