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From September through to November 2014, we ran three rounds of the Good Wheel program, providing bicycles and road safety training to refugees living in Melbourne, Working with project partner AMES, the program was funded by the TAC Community Grants program, and set out to provide instruction on safe road use (along with a working bicycle) to a group of people experiencing disadvantage, and cut out of traditional learning models.

The program was supported by Victoria Police, Knog, Nutcase Helmets and delivered in partnership with Good Cycles.

 

 

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In June and August 2014 we ran two rounds of the good Wheel program at The Huddle, North Melbourne Football Club's Learning and Life Centre. 

The program was targeted at the young men and women who use the centre, and who would benefit from the mobility a bike, and the skills to ride it locally would bring.

We worked closely with the Huddle team , the Victoria Police and of course our project partners Good Cycles. 

24 participants are now equipped with new bicycles and the skills to ride them safely in their local areas. 

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Another month, another round of the Good Wheel Project, our partnership with Good Cycles, supported by the City of Melbourne. In November 2014 we piloted a new version of the program that worked with a group of students from the St Joseph's Flexible Learning Centre in North Melbourne.

The students participated in a 5 session program, focused on teaching bike maintenance, road rules and city riding experience. We are pleased that all 11 students graduated from the course - top marks for all! 

Aspects of the program were integrated into the student's VCAL accreditation, making it a truly meaningful (and fun!) program for these students. 

We will conduct another round of the program in February 2015, all thanks to the City of Melbourne and with support from Nutcase Helmets, Knog and The Huddle Learning and Life Centre. Great work everyone!

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Your Ride. Your Friends. Your Day.

The Women’s Ride will be the only women’s focused cycling event in Victoria. It is a single day celebration of women’s riding with a strong social focus, taking in multiple independently determined routes.

The event invites individuals, clubs, social riding groups, bike shops and all in the community to register a ride, that begins and ends at locations they desire. Ride leaders will determine a route, distance as well as recruiting people to join them on the day, whilst also developing a social following for the event.

Programmed activities and events will take place in locations all over Melbourne and Victoria on the day, (with a central location in Docklands to provide a focal point) allowing ride participants to meet other riders and participate in a celebratory atmosphere.

Participation in the rides may be free or attract a cost (if the ride is usually ticketed it’s fine to charge money for it). Cycling Victoria will be collecting registrations for each ride via the central website and pass this info on to ride leaders. Registered riders will receive a package of discounts and gifts from sponsors.

The event is also intended to generate and distil discussions around issues of gender in cycling, and advocates strongly for an increased presence for women in all forms of participation.

Who is behind the event?

The Women’s Ride is an initiative of Cycling Victoria, and supports their Breeze program of female lead community cycling. The event is supported by The Squeaky Wheel and aligned with the Amy Gillet Foundation as a charitable partner.

How can you get involved?
We are asking that you consider organising a RIDE or contributing an EVENT to the day’s activities.

The rides can be of any distance or difficultly, and it might be that you stage your regular activity with female participation in mind. You might just choose to get together a small group and ride to your local cafe, all kinds of rides and distances are encouraged.

An event could be anything, but something that encourages and rewards female participation on the day is ideal. These could be things such as:
• a discount for participating women in-store
• a reward or free service (pampering, hospitality, food and wine etc)
• a social activity that could be a ride destination or stop (movie, picnic, meal, experience) • entertainment (free or ticketed)
• workshops or learning opportunities (free or ticketed)

All rides and events must be self funded and managed, and will be listed on The Women’s Ride website with information details and a map. Rides and programming can be uploaded via the event website from December 2014. 

Contact
For more information, please contact Mark Drehlich at Cycling Victoria on 8480 3077, or via email mark.drehlich@cycling.org.au

Social
You can start following and contributing to The Women’s Ride story via the social accounts listed below. It’s your ride, your friends and your day, so make it count for YOU. 

www.thewomensride.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/thewomensride Twitter / Instagram: @TheWomensRide 

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We are very excited to be part of the team behind The Women's Ride, Victoria's first mass participation riding event designed specifically for women. You can submit a ride or event, and join thousands of other women from all across the state in a single day celebration of women's riding. 

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This February the City of Melbourne is inviting all students and in particular international students to take part in an adventure through the streets of Melbourne,  all on two wheels!

All you need to get started is a smartphone, a helmet and one of the city’s blue share bikes ( or bring your own bike!)

Download the 1000 Cities app (available from 2 February) and get ready to be led on an adventure through our city streets and laneways. Along the way, fight monsters, collect treasure and unlock hidden clues designed to help international students find out more about their new city- and have fun along the way!

About 1000 Cities

A game through the streets of Melbourne using the blue share bikes (or bring your own bike!) , a helmet and your smart phone. 

Fight monsters, collect treasure and explore the hidden parts of the city.

WHEN: 2-28 February 2015

WHERE: Start at the bike share station at Federation Square, located outside the Visitor Centre. 

COST: Free to play. You will need to have a credit card to unlock the bike and charges may apply. There will be a $50 refundable deposit charged to unlock the bikes. The game has been designed to be completed from station to station without additional charges from the blue share bike system, however if students take the bikes for longer periods of time charges will apply.


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This February the City of Melbourne is inviting all students and in particular international students to take part in an adventure through the streets of Melbourne,  all on two wheels! All you need to get started is a smartphone, a helmet and one of the city’s blue share bikes ( or bring your own bike!)

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Are you ready for the big time? Riding in the city is challenging but once you've got it mastered there's no stopping you!  Join this skills tour to graduate to the big league...Guided by one of our knowledgeable and fun Austcycle accredited teachers these sessions are offered in small groups (maximum of 4 participants).

The course is offered every Saturday afternoon. 

Suitable for people who are comfortable on the back streets but won't ride with heavy traffic or in complex environments. Covers dealing with major intersections, roundabouts, hook turns, riding with trams, city environments, group riding etiquette

Conducted as a tour covering all of the skills and zones.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: $60 per person / 2 people $45 per hour per person (group ticket)

Meet: 2pm, Cnr Royal Parade and Story St, Parkville VIC 3052
Bring: working bicycle, helmet, drink bottle, weather appropriate clothing 
 
Please note: The session takes place with a minimum of 2 participants - we will confirm via text or phone call as soon as the second booking is made. We will give a minimum 2 working days notice if the session is postponed. Full reimbursement is available if you wish to cancel.

Discounts are available to group bookings of 2 people, so if you want to ensure the session goes ahead, book for you and a friend!

Contact Ben for more information.

CLICK HERE FOR SESSION TIMES AND TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING

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Time to overcome your fear of traffic and get out on the roads? We'll make it easy for you...Guided by one of our knowledgeable and fun Austcycle accredited teachers these sessions are offered in small groups (maximum of 4 participants).

The course is offered on Wednesday evenings and the first Saturday afternoon of the month.

Suitable for people who can ride a bike but aren't confident to ride independently due to fear of traffic. Covers steering, riding one handed (indicating), changing gears, dealing with intersections and quieter roundabouts and a road rules summary.

Conducted on closed off road area and quiet streets.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: $60 per person / 2 people $45 per hour per person (group ticket)

Meet: 6pm, Moreland Primary School, cnr. Blair St and Moreland Rd, Coburg VIC 3058
Bring: working bicycle, helmet, drink bottle, weather appropriate clothing 
 
Please note: The session takes place with a minimum of 2 participants - we will confirm via text or phone call as soon as the second booking is made. We will give a minimum 2 working days notice if the session is postponed. Full reimbursement is available if you wish to cancel.

Discounts are available to group bookings of 2 people, so if you want to ensure the session goes ahead, book for you and a friend!

Contact Ben for more information.

CLICK HERE FOR SESSION TIMES AND TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING
 

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These one-on-one sessions are the perfect way to kick start your journey into (or back into) confident bike riding. Sessions are offered on Tuesday evenings or every second Saturday (unless booked out) with Bernadette as your teacher.

The session is conducted in an enclosed outdoor training environment in Brunswick (closest train station is Jewell), and is suitable for people who have never ridden before or not since childhood and need to start again.

You will be asked to nominate your skill level from the following list:

  • I've never ridden a bike before
  • I have some experience
  • I can ride but won't ride in traffic
  • I am competent but want to improve my skills in traffic one on one

he session will then be customised to suit your needs. 

Duration: 1 hour 
Cost: $60 & 30c booking fee.

You will need to bring a bicycle in good working order, a helmet, water bottle, sunscreen and please wear comfortable clothes and covered shoes.

CLICK HERE FOR AVAILABLE SESSION TIMES AND TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING
 

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