We’re pumped to be able to roll out a series of bike rides for our community. With assistance from Healthy Heart of Victoria and Mount Alexander Shire Council we have a ride to suit most ages and abilities. We’re working in collaboration with our friends from Bike Bendigo, so you get the best instructors in the region! Bookings essential!
CycleSafe is about moving everyday people, everyday, as safely, enjoyably, and sustainably as possible, inclusive of walkers, mobility vehicle users, dog walkers and other shared path users. We are about offering choice for transport options, and are not anti-car.
We will represent the eyes and ears of cyclists, collecting valuable information about safety and cycling issues, and provide a central point to disseminate information back to them.
We wish to expand the current network to improve routes through town and the connection to the off-road network, making cycling safer and more enjoyable for commuting and recreational cyclists. In this way we wish to provide for a healthier community and a healthier environment. By improving the network, we also hope to improve the tourist amenity, and therefore enhance the prosperity of businesses in the region. See our ‘About’ page for more information.
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Mount Alexander Cycling (MAC) is a new peak group, comprising the major cycling organisations in the Shire, and other bodies with a strong interest in cycling. At this beginning stage, these include CycleSafe, Goldfields Rail Trail, Maldon Classic, Rocky Riders, Newstead Walks and Wheels, and Castlemaine Cycling Club.
Similar to the aims of CycleSafe, MAC wants to see Mount Alexander Shire become an active cycling community, providing excellent opportunities for recreational, commuter, and competition riding, for a wide range of cycling ages and abilities. This includes benefits for all shared path users and would have substantial health, environmental, economic (tourism and cost-effective transport) and social benefits.
Council is currently beginning work on an updated Walking/Cycling Strategy and MAC will be active in influencing the strategy to improve cycling related matters in the shire.
MAC recently sent a brief survey to candidates for the council election, asking whether they supported a range of actions to improve conditions for cycling in the shire and thus encourage more people to ride, more often.
Response to the survey was very good with almost all candidates responding. All the responses received were supportive of improved cycling facilities in the Shire, including funding for new shared paths and bike trails and connecting the current paths/trails to form a network. Specific projects which were well received included the proposed Castlemaine-Maryborough Rail Trail.
We also heard from current councillors already elected as the only candidate in their ward: Christine Henderson (Coliban Ward) welcomed the chance to meet with us, and Tony Corby (Calder Ward) stated that he supports cycling. We had no responses from Bill Maltby & Susan Mayfair (both standing for Castlemaine Ward) and Hilton Hazeltine (Loddon River Ward).
We appreciate your feedback on cycling related issues so we can represent you as part of our relationship with council. Please use our rider input page to contact us and spread our blog to others you know so we have greater consultation for cycling related matters.
Thanks to riders out there keeping us all updated. We have another update to Swooping locations: At the Forest Ck trail access track on Montgomery st at Montgomery St Grassland. 2 Swoopers apparently. Keep us posted with more! Take care particularly with your children in these areas.