May 2023

Take care with turning trucks

Trucks are an unavoidable part of life for bike riders. But with a little knowledge, converted into an instinct, you can maintain your safety around them.

Open Streets change the daily drop off

Chalk drawings on the road, bikes cutting laps and laughter in the air were signs of success this week as Bicycle Network continued its Open Streets program at Brunswick South West Primary School.
Shrine to Sea Trail

Bikes severed from Shrine to Sea project

The Shrine to Sea project, funded by the State Government with $13M in 2018 to provide a walking and biking boulevard between St Kilda Road and the beach at Beaconsfield Parade, no longer contains a walking and biking component.

Police bring back Operation Halo

Victoria Police have reintroduced their road safety initiative focused on bike riders, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

Is road rage worth getting riled up about?

The face is boiling red, the window starts to slide down, the rider—just a metre away—prepares for a spray, or a swerve, and the fight or flight reflex prepares to kick in.
Before shot showing large variable messaging sign blocking half a narrow shared path with a person riding past and an after image that shows the sign on a wider section of path and a man walking past showing the extra space.

Tassie Bike News Bites

Bike News this week includes tips on getting signs moved off paths, Bridgewater Bridge works limiting bike access and Launceston bike library team looking for your vote.
A woman holding a pale blue bike and wearing a matching helmet waits to cross Davey Street in Hobart , woman wearing a black hoodie walks towards the camera and a woman rides away from the camera with two loaded worn-out panniers and backpack.

Super Tuesday count points to city revival

The numbers for our Super Tuesday annual bike count in Hobart this year have been crunched and while some sites in the city centre are slowly rebounding, others remain flat three years after the COVID-pandemic hit the state.
A man wearing a yellow helmet rides downhill in front of an old red brick building with a Blundstone sign at the top and Hobart lettering to the right, with green doors and windows.

Campbell St cycleway on the horizon

The City of Hobart has lodged a development application for separated cycleways on Campbell Street that were first considered by the council back in December 2019.

BBC’s bike makes live cross

The BBC has developed a mobile studio for radio and TV journalism and live cross broadcasts that fits in a cargo bike.

Work on Fitzroy route continues

Riders through the bike-busy George Street and Queens Parade precinct in Fitzroy should be alert to roadworks coming up soon at the intersection of the two streets.
A man wearing a blue tshirt stands on his pedals as he comes through bright yellow and red bollards from a dirt trail to apshalt, with bush on either side and riders behind him.

Plan your winter rides now!

Our social ride leaders are planning well ahead, with rides going up for all of the winter months, providing incentive to get out and about during the colder weather.

New maps feature previews your ride

Google has introduced a feature for its Maps software that allows people to preview their journey in detail and offers many advantages for bike riders. 

Saying thankyou at our National Volunteer Week ceremony

Much of what we do at Bicycle Network wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our hardworking volunteers, and National Volunteer Week offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contributions that they make.

Merri-bek BUG push on council budget

The Merri-bek Bicycle User Group is rallying residents in the Municipality to push for better recognition of bike infrastructure needs in the council's next budget.

Exercise can upgrade your genes

A new study into exercise behaviours of identical twins has shown that physical activity changes how your genes behave — for the better.

Truck driver jailed for rider death

Paragraph A B-double transport driver who struck and killed a bike rider on the outskirts of Horsham in 2019 has been sentenced to three years and four months in jail.

Eight days across the Outback

Some bike riders arrived in the red centre having visited the area before, and some for the very first time. All of them, however, were about to experience it in a pretty unforgettable way.  

Rathdowne Street detour

Bikes heading into the city down Rathdowne Street face a detour next week due to a water main project.
A view of a beach with a rail line running along the right-hand edge.

Tassie Bike News Bites

This week in News Bites: Burnie lodges a development application for the coastal pathway from Cooee, closures of the Intercity Cycleway and bottom of the North-South Track, and the North East Trail appeal to be heard in June.
A group of riders in single file ride along a gravel track with bush to their right.

Hobart rides stay closer to home

After a few months of rides out of town, the Hobart rides at the end of May stay closer to home while in the north-west the group is taking on a ride out of Penguin.

Mac Point funding spurs northern suburbs plan

The federal government’s funding announcement for Hobart’s Macquarie Point precinct has prompted the state government to start talking about plans for rapid bus and ferry expansion which could mean a wider cycleway and more bike parking.