This week Val and Chris speak to Nik Dow about cyclists being fined by City of Melbourne rangers and the police for riding through Carlton Gardens.

We also chat about this weeks news and events to plan your week.

News & Events

Merri Creek PathClifton Hill Rail Project: The section of the Merri Creek path linking the Rushall station precinct to Fairfield Park under the railway line and Heidelberg Road has re-opened following redevelopment. The path has been closed for a year because of the Clifton Hill rail duplication project. There’s now a path connection to the playing fields on Heidelberg Rd.

Cycling Tips: Hats Off To Wendy
From Cycling Tips blog: A couple weeks ago you might remember this post where Herald Sun columnist Wendy Hargreaves rubbed many thousands of cyclists the wrong way.  Well on Friday Wendy took me up on the challenge of stepping into our shoes for a morning and go for a ride with a few of us.

The Age: Thieves pedal off with $42,000 bike haul
A cycling team lost $42,000 of cycling equipment when the team’s minibus was burgled in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. The goods were stolen from the minibus, which was parked in Young Street, sometime between 12.20am and 6am last Monday, police said. Please contact  Victoria Police if you know anything regarding the theft or whereabouts of this cycling equipment

From City of Yarra – Closure: Shared user path adjacent to Burnley Golf course
Heads up from City of Yarra – The Survey Paddock Trail, between Kevin Bartlett Reserve and Twickenham Crescent, Richmond (Melways ref: 2H, J12 & K12) will soon be disrupted for two to three weeks from the end of August due to work on the Southern Link Upgrade Project. The Survey Paddock Trail is mostly used by commuter cyclists that use the Heyington Bridge to Toorak.

The South Link Upgrade (SLU) project is in the process of reinstating the shared user path immediately adjacent to the Burnley golf course. As part of these SLU will replace parts of the damaged fence adjacent to the freeway and lay asphalt over the existing path. These works are in progress and will take anywhere between 2 to 3 weeks to complete.

Pirate Picnic Ride [BFM] Sat 19 Sep 12:00 – Sat 19 Sep 15:00. Meet at IMAX Carlton. It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Let’s dress like pirates and ride to Port Phillip to enjoy a picnic. Bring fish dishes, fish snacks, fish stories & rum drinks.Meet 12 noon at iMAX Rathdowne St Carlton. Organiser X-Rider:  0417 145 375

Ladies Who Leisure Bicycle Ride – Sun, 20 September, 13:00 – 16:00:Rotunda in Edinburgh Gardens. A short and sweet leisurely ride for the ladies … Sunday 20th September 1pm at the Rotunda in the Edinburgh Gardens. The ride is less than 10km with a coffee stop & all bicycles are welcome! Contact Casey Moira for more details Musstuppence[AT]

Could you teach beginners to ride a bike?
From Jika Jika Community Centre: The Jika Jika Community Centre (in Northcote) runs a program called ‘Learn to Ride from Scratch’, in which trained volunteers teach absolute beginners of all ages (usually adults) the basics of riding a bike. The program is currently looking for new tutors, and I thought some of you might be interested. I’ve been tutoring in the program for a couple of years now and recommend it very highly – watching someone pedal for the first time is an incredibly exciting feeling, and is a very practical way to share the love of bike riding with people who otherwise might not experience it. So far my students have ranged from people in their late teens/early twenties, to women in their 60s.

Each learner receives 3 separate one-on-one sessions with a volunteer tutor. Tutors let Jika Jika know when they are available, and Jika Jika then pairs them with students accordingly. Volunteers will receive training in the program’s teaching method. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Max Sargeant on 9482 5100 or email max[AT]