2GippsStreetStepsCampaignMar05 Photo from YarraBUG’s Gipps Street Steps Campaign held March 20th, 2005 during Bike Path Discovery Day. Status: Still bloody waiting! getting closer.

Listen to Yarra Bicycle Users Group Radio, broadcasting every Monday at 10-10.30am on 3CR Community Radio 855am + Digital and streaming live on the web at 3cr.org.au.

YarraBUG Radio explores all the best things about being on a bike.

We talk to the people organizing the fun, designing bike fashion, turning the pedals, writing the books, nerding out about groupsets, singing out loud at the stop lights, designing and building your local infrastructure, racing around in circles or up really big mountains, eating the cheese, tweaking and testing and writing the poetry. Presenters are Chris, Faith, Val and Steve.

City of Yarra Bicycle Advisory Committee
The Yarra BAC aims to give local residents an opportunity to provide regular input to Council on the development of the local bicycle network and other bicycle infrastructure in Yarra.

Membership is open to any member of the Yarra community with an interest in policies related to cycling and the development of the local bicycle network. Yarra Council representatives on the committee are Cr Mike McEvoy, Cr Jackie Fristacky and Cr James Searle. All meetings are held on a Wednesday in the Wurundjeri Room, Collingwood Town Hall, from 6.30pm to 8pm.


Current campaigns

Back history: Rushall Reserve shared path consultation (April-May 2015)
In June 2014 you may recall the community pressure that helped retain funding to help proceed with a bypass to riding through the underpass at Rushall Station. Yarra City Council is currently seeking community input on a proposal for a Shared Path through Rushall Reserve linking Rushall Train Station to the existing path at the end of Holden Street, North Fitzroy.

Bicycle Strategy Refresh Resolution passed at Yarra Council (16 August 2016)

East West Link – cutting Yarra cycling routes in half?
NOT ANYMORE – IT’S DEAD! The East West Link project reference design is between the Eastern Freeway to Smith Street – or is it? After reading through the voluminous CIS documents we found no reference to the current Yarra bike strategy and nebulous references to what will occur to cycling routes during the projected construction period of up to 4-6 years. Read our CIS submission to the Planning Panel made on Monday 7 April 2014:

November – December 2013 Wellington Street ‘Copenhagen Lanes’ – We need people to contact all Councillors – especially those who voted against Wellington Street Advisory Group recommendations. Tell your story why you want these lanes, why they are important to you, your stories of riding through the area, especially if you live locally.

If you’re interested in finding out about YarraBUG’s prior advocacy work, please feel free to register and read our email archives – yahoogroups (2003- 2007) and email archives – mailman (2004- current).


Please contact us if you have any originals of news articles that related to cycling issues in Yarra.

Interview in the Melbourne Times (Jan. 17, 2007) For more on the YarraBUG Gipps Street Steps and Main Yarra Trail actions, read more on this campaigns pages Click here for a scan of the original article. (gif image, 1393kb)

Saturday Age: Talking Point (2/9/06) Should Cyclists be registered? Click here for scan of original article. (gif image, 346 kb)

Interview in The Melbourne Times (March 21, 2006) Brunswick Street Issues. Article with interviews with YarraBUG’s Elliot Fishman and Chris Star, Yarra Mayor Jackie Fristacky, RACVs Peter Daly and Yarra Councils Transport Coordinator Richard Smithers. Click here for scan of original article. (jpeg, 248 kb)

Riding to Work is faster and more fun!
Listen here for the Great Commuter Race (17/11/05) between bicycle, car and bus, as part of ABC 774 Melbournes Transport Blitz on Jon Faines morning program. And the winners were, of course, bicycles!

Listen to the mp3 audio file here. (file size, 3M)

City of Yarra

YarraBUG participation at the City of Yarra Bicycle Advisory Committee :: 2005 :: 2006 :: 2007 :: 2008. See below for other campaigns details involving participation with the City of Yarra.


July 2008: YarraBUG Submission to the East West Links Needs Assessment

March 2008: Letter of Support to Melbourne Council in regards to improved bicycle parking at Lygon Court in Carlton and response from Cr Catherine Ng.

February 2008: Community Coalition for the Darebin to Yarra Link Trail: Press Release (27 /2/08) In 2005, a number of diverse community groups formed a Community Coalition with a common goal of ‘actively lobbying for completion of the missing links in the Darebin – Yarra trail’. The coalition has since expanded and now represents a range of interests in the shared trail, including local bushwalkers, environmental groups, recreational and commuter cyclists, and schools.

September 2007 – Ongoing: City of Yarra: Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Committee (Nov 07): 4.3 Support for Bicycle Riding. (Refer to pages 20-25, pdf file, 15M) This motion developed as a result of discussions at the YarraBUG Public Forum and is still before council. Click here for a extract from the CoY Planning Agenda.

April 2007: Shared Path problems on the Linear Park Reserve in Carlton North: Public Question Time at Moreland Council Meeting April 11th 2007.

November 2006: Shared Path problems on the Linear Park at 815 Nicholson Street: Correspondence with Moreland Council

June 2006: Submission to City of Yarra regarding cyclist safety issues at Pigdon and Canning Street Roundabout.

June 2006: Merri Creek Review: Combined Submission from DarebinBUG, BrunswickBUG and YarraBUG.


Photos from YarraBUG’s Gipps Street Steps Campaign held March 20th, 2005 during Bike Path Discovery Day

November 2005: Missing Darebin Creek Link: YarraBUG Letter to City of Yarra and Parks Victoria. Also refer to Bicycle Victoria: Darebin Creek Trail connection to the Main Yarra Trail

October 2005: YarraBUG Gipps Street Steps: Campaign Review

October 2005: YarraBUG submission to City of Yarra’s Draft Strategic Transport Statement released October 2005

September 2005: Queens Parade/Heidelberg Road Intersection: YarraBUG Coffee and Cake Outing

June-July 2005: Bike Parking at Gleadell Street Markets

March 2005: YarraBUG Gipps Street Steps Campaign Leaflet March 05. Also refer to Bicycle Victoria: Yarra City Council – Yarra Trail behind CUB brewery

Feb 2005: YarraBUG Submission to CoY Transport Policy: Notice of Motion, No 1 of 2005. Feb 05. Also refer to CoY Ordinary Council Minutes

December 2004: YarraBUG YarraBUG Linear Park Submission

Also refer to CoY Inner Circle Railway Linear Park Reserve Conservation Management Plan and Draft Linear Park Master Plan.

November 2004: YarraBUG Questionnaire to 2004 Yarra Council Candidates

Gipps Street Steps Campaign Day March 05