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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We know it’s not quite winter but we’ve got so much to share we just couldn’t wait!
In this edition :
MOTHERLOAD the movie
Bubs On Bikes Cargo Bike Expo
Bike Riding Workshop for Parents
Community Ride Recap
Thanks to MASC
New minimum passing distance laws
Shape Mount Alexander
As always you can stay in the loop with all of CycleSafe’s events and updates on facebook.
Keep on riding.
CycleSafe Mount Alexander
Triple Treat for Parents
MOTHERLOAD free screening
MOTHERLOAD follows director and new mother, Liz Canning as she explores motherhood in the digital age of climate change. Cargo bikes offer her a solution. Ultimately, Liz learns about the potential of the bike to be the “ultimate social revolutioniser”.
With our pals from Bike Bendigo, we have been given generous support from Healthy Heart of Victoria and the Mount Alexander Shire Council to screen this movie at The Phee Broadway Theatre on the 22nd of May at 7pm.
Please note: This is a free movie screening NOT a free breast screening event! 😂 two blokes I know have mistaken the purpose of the poster so far!
Cargo Bike [plus] Expo
Come and try all the ways you can carry your children on a bike!
Meet cargo-bike suppliers, bike shop owners and real people who ride with their children on board.
Ride cargo bikes, e-bikes, bikes with child seats and trailers
Free Paella by Big Pans Paella!
Bike Workshop for Parents
The brave folk of Campbells Creek set out to ride the proposed route for closing ‘the gap’ between Princess Street and the current track at the base of Honeycomb Road. Not always on our bike, but always up for an adventure, we made it through and continued on our leaf paved way to the Botanical Gardens. A shout out to you Campbells Creek you’re the biggest group ever to attend a Community Bike Ride!
Thanks to Mount Alexander Shire Council
This spot at the end of Lewis Drive has been a problem for quite some time. The track has washed out leaving a dangerously loose surface after two recent rains. Council has come up with a great solution! Now the water has a better way to get to the creek and we can all still use the path.
Penny did come across two perplexed council workers at the drain. They reported that it was still deemed unsafe by some folks. I did ask for some reflectors to be put on the black poles. Watch this space! *Tried and tested by Nala the Wonderdog.
Mount Alexander Shire Council is ready to listen!
Let’s let them know how much we want to ride, how much we want to ride to the important places like the shops and the library, let’s let them know we want to do that safely! Put in more infrastructure to connect our trails and a way to get through the CBD. For that we need lots of voices. You have a voice, MASC are giving us open ears, let’s shout it out!
CycleSafe would like to express their appreciation to Council for installing a hand rail at the recently installed crossing on Hargreaves St. The crossing approach is on a rise up to the road, so it has been difficult to get started on the bike to cross the road. The handrail allows bike riders to remain with their feet on their pedals and to be able to also give themselves a little push off the rail to help get a start to cross the road. CycleSafe approached council to install the handrail.
We did notice one busy market day that there were several cars parked directly south of the crossing on Hargreaves street which meant vehicles coming from the south could not see the crossing, and people wanting to cross could not see approaching traffic without being on the road already. CycleSafe will be approaching Council to ensure parking allow for visibility of the crossing. Say tuned…
If you haven’t already, we encourage you to fill in the council survey in the ‘Have your say’ section on the council’s website by 5pm tomorrow (Monday 22nd). We apologise for the late notice. Volunteering sometimes is hard to keep up with!
Council are proposing to upgrade Frederick St which provides a fantastic opportunity to improve protected cycling routes in Castlemaine. Council still have cars and carparking dominating this street which we believe could be a beautiful, non-vehicle, connecting laneway which would enhance the town centre.
If you support cycle/pedestrian priority in Frederick St, -please submit your own thoughts to council, or copy and paste our comment to council below:
Frederick St has always been a crucial part of our intended connected shared trail network, earmarked for a two way route for cycling, mobility, and pedestrians connecting the Tourist Info at Market building (which links to Western Reserve and Forest Ck trail, and later Campbells Ck trail), to library and historic council buildings, continuing Ed, Old Firestation, and is also a key part of connecting to railway station as well.
There is no reason that we can see that cars need to use Frederick st for getting from A to B. Other streets provide that.. So, basically, the car access is for parking. In a sense then, this is really prioritised as a car park strip. And enhanced with some greenery and seats. Who wants to hang out or take a lunch break in a car park?? with fumes?
We strongly believe this should be a two way car free zone with priority given to non-cars all the way from the market building to firestation café end (and to library). This could be supported in tourism as part of a town walk focussing on historic centre of Castlemaine.
We believe it would be useful to have a couple of disability parking spots allocated in here if necessary, and that other businesses that needed to use the street for access could have a permit to do so (and travel at 10km/h). The general public do not need vehicle access to this street.
This plan is guided by the Township Master Plan that was approved last year, but before the Walking/Cycling strategy has been done. As we see it, the Master Plan should be informed by the WCS routes, not the other way round. We implore council to amend their passing of the township plan if necessary to allow for non vehicle prioritised route in Frederick St.
Council has a significant opportunity to show leadership and vision for a friendlier, healthier, more attractive town centre taking us forward into a more connected, sustainable future.
Upcoming events, including our Community Rides, E-Bike Rides and a teens and tweens On Your Bike Workshop.
As the days are getting shorter, keep you lights flashing – even in the daytime. We’ve included some great tips from Trek below. And look out for the Light the Trail social night ride along the O’Keefe Trail in Bendigo.
Ride2School Day is on the 19th of March. You may see a more than average amount of children out rolling their way to school. St. Mary’s and Castlemaine schools are both holding events to encourage children to participate.
Check out these in more detail below.
You can stay up to date with all of our activities via our Facebook page
Keep on riding,
Community Bike Rides
We’re keen to roll with you this Autumn, starting this Sunday! We will ride as far as we can until we turn back and roll towards the awaiting juice Bike!!!! Yay or juice! Yay for bike riding!
Sue Tomkinson is out one Wednesday a month with all the know how to get you confident and getting to new places for coffee!
Autumn On Your Bike for teens and tweens
Our highly successful Summer On Your Bike workshop has had us inspired to run another for those who were at the beach last time. A one day workshop aimed at getting your tween more confident riding to all the best destinations in Castlemaine- the library, school and ice cream shops!
Time to Light Up!
Studies show riding with flashing daylight visible light is the single best way for a cyclist to be seen by a driver. You’ll be 2.4 times more likely to be seen than a rider with no lights, even in the daytime. I’m looking at you Campbell’s Creek commuters…
National Ride2school Day is the 19th of March
This year CycleSafe is hosting an event at Castlemaine Steiner School and Kindergarten. We’ll be there with the incredible Paddy Toastie and his Velocopedes and our very own juice bike. This event will be held on Thursday the 1st of April and be a ride-home event. The children have the option to choose a supported ride home, yes, all the way from Muckleford! Go Steiner kids!
Our indomitable Sue Tomkinson didn’t waste any time during the various lockdowns. Although we only squeezed one of our planned monthly e-bike rides in, Sue got right onto another one of her many ideas. She set about riding and mapping a series of routes for all bike riders. The routes take cyclists to destinations of interest in and around Castlemaine and are graded for ability and time allowance. We will be launching the new Website and flyers soon!
Beginning next week though, Sue and I are back out in the field with a short series of Autumn rides.
Bookings essential as we may need to contact cyclists for changed plans. Call or text Sue on 0411806339