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Fun to see all the amazing ways to fill Melbourne cargo bikes: small people, best friends, boom boxes, coffee machines, ice cream - all popping out of the versatile box bike! And even better to notice the confident rider navigating the city streets with their load ... and a smile!

If you haven't come across trying one of the many wheelie useful bikes or want to catch up with other cargo bike friends - Here's your chance to meet riders, suppliers and like minded within a sweet Sunday picnic scenery and to have a go at maneuvering your favourite freight around Edwards Park.

Thanks to the City of Port Phillip and as part of the She Spoke - Southside Women on Wheels program, some of Melbourne's finest cargo bike providers are coming together to introduce us to their way of getting around: Try your current or explore your new skills in a test ride obstacle course or settle down on a picnic blanket and watch the riders looping around, while the little ones get their faces painted. 

FREE event, Sunday 27 Apr 11am-2pm - Sign up to let us know you're coming  

Congrats if this is your choice of pedalling around town already: be the first cargo bike family to arrive and get a FREE family serve from The Rolling Scoops, cargo bike delivered artisan organic milk ice-cream. 

 

More cargo bike love:

Dutch Cargo Bikes 

Cargo Bikes 

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She Spoke - Southside Women on Wheels - Three months of rides, workshops and special events celebrating women on bikes is presented by the City of Port Phillip.

 

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by Pip Carroll

Recently I appeared on The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine to talk about getting more women riding bikes. Given I was appearing with Olympic Gold Medallist, Paris Roobaix champion, Tour de France yellow jersey-winning, retired professional cyclist Stuart O'Grady - I entered the studio quite gratified that the ABC had found an appropriate warm up act for my humble opinion. 

It was a conversation not unlike many others, in which I was compelled to explain that 'cyclists' are actually unique and autonomous human beings, not a species indivisible in action or malicious intent. Yes, some of us run red lights. Some of us also work in emergency wards, teach your children and OMG wait for it, our legs aren't welded to our pedals, we also quite frequently WALK and are known to DRIVE CARS. I've seen it happen.

There was something in this interview that has stuck with me however, lingering like a unseen companion on the ride home, riding in my blind spot. When called upon to explain how women's motivations to ride vary from men's, and summarising the fairly obvious differences - like, for instance, we care less about equipment, speed and performance - it was suggested that perhaps this was a gender stereotype, and that women such as Anna Meares could disprove my 'theory' in a flash (a very fast moving flash, in fact) and act as an excellent role model for women interested in 'cycling'.

Like many Australians, I have much admiration for Anna Meares. Her determination, her grit, her 225 kg single leg press, not to mention her vertical leap (seriously check it out). In fact, i could think of no better role model for anyone (female or otherwise) who is applying themselves to a physically punishing, psychologically exacting and herculean task so demanding that nothing but complete and utter devotion to it's fulfilment will see it through. If I had to rescue civilisation from the grips of malevolent track-bike riding monkeys (imagine it!), I'd want Anna by my side.  But encouraging women to ride to the shop? Mightn't Anna's qualities be a little excess to requirement? Anna, we love you, but you aren't the hero for this job.

In fact, we don't need a hero for this job, or for the job of encouraging people onto bikes. The 'heroic'  and 'life changing' journeys so often held up in our bicycle culture as models for participation aren't doing us any favours, and they sure aren't helping the 'interested but concerned' see themselves on a bike. Last time I checked being a hero is hard. Most of us would rather sit back on the couch, beer or biscuits in hand and watch someone else do it. Like our sporting heroes for instance. Like Anna Meares.

Let's think about the word 'normalised' for a moment, It's often used before the words 'bike culture' to describe the kind of modal share and engagement with bike riding that we want. We don't ever describe a 'heroicised' bike culture. In fact, we complain about it when we see it on the streets. Heroes don't stop for red lights - they've got a mission to complete, momentum to maintain, distances and enemies to conquer. 

Unless the joke's on me, (and I'm all too happy to be an April fool) isn't it bleedingly obvious that to encourage a 'normalised' bicycle culture, we need to celebrate and facilitate 'normal' bike riding? The really boring stuff. The journeys that show just how EASY it is to ride a bike. The short but frequent trips that take cars off the road, add moderate exercise to our day and contribute to cohesion and tolerance in our communities. The kind of bike riding that makes heroes of us all. 

When the IPCC tells us that nobody on earth will be untouched by the impacts of Climate Change, when our children have shorter expected lifespans than their parents due to inactivity induced obesity, surely the most heroic thing any of us can do is stop driving ourselves to doom and despair, and quietly and simply put a bike between A and B.

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This March Catherine Deveny's army of Pushy Women returned, not once but twice! To the Thornbury Theatre and Gasworks Arts Park for Northside and Southside laugh out loud afternoons of storytelling about the humble pushbike. As we've come to expect from the Pushy Women speaking events, the full spectrum of human experience -  love, lust, hate, desire, innocence, wisdom, pain and glory all featured. More than anything else, we were reminded how often a bicycle is hidden in the past, celebrated in the present or yearned for in the future of so many lives, and there is always a story to tell! 

The North event featured Kate Langbreok, Genevieve Morris, Bev Killick, Van Badham, Lally Katz, Anne Edmonds. Karen Pickering and Pip Lincoln.

The South event featured Tracy Harvey, Kate Miller-Heidke, Karla Burt, Sally Warhaft, Nelly Thomas, Monica Dux, Bev Killick and BOTH were hosted by Catherine Deveny.
Check out some pics from this wonderful afternoon. 

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On Sunday 16 March Catherine Deveny's army of Pushy Women returned to the Thornbury Theatre for a laugh out loud afternoon of storytelling about the humble pushbike. As we've come to expect from the Pushy Women speaking events, the full spectrum of human experience -  love, lust, hate, desire, innocence, wisdom, pain and glory all featured. More than anything else, we were reminded how often a bicycle is hidden in the past, celebrated in the present or yearned for in the future of so many lives, and there is always a story to tell! 

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If you were at the Pushy Women South speaking event, you would know that Tracy Harvey isn't afraid of two things, the intersection of St Kilda Rd and Fitzroy Sts, and taking her pants off in public. This Sunday, you might get to see her tackling both at once in her unique high spirited style on our Pushy Women Excursion.

A legend of Australian comedy, Tracy Harvey set the bar for many of the female comedians we know and love today. On our weekend ride, you can get up close and personal (not too close, depending on the pants thing...) with this very funny lady as she guides you and a bunch of local lasses on a social afternoon of riding for women.

Tracy Harvey's Day out on a bike will get you to enjoy the beauty of Sunday cruising to a selection of the best locations in Tracey's neighbourhood, including a Yacht Club, Hari Krisha temple and some sand between your toes.

Part performance, part observance, no parts endurance, Pushy Women Rides bring together women in a unique setting to consider what it means to be a woman on wheels. 

Cost $15 

Book your place online, in person at any of City of Port Phillip’s Town Hall Cashier & Enquiries desk or by phone on 9209 6274.

She Spoke - Southside Women on Wheels - Three months of rides, workshops and special events celebrating women on bikes is presented by the City of Port Phillip.

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The best way to get to know a new city ... of course, by bicycle! And the best way to start riding in a new city? With a bike buddy, alongside like minded fellows... we're pretty sure!

If you are an international student and recently arrived in Melbourne, you are lucky - as we take you out on a guided bike excursion, showing you some great destinations to relax from busy student life and also how to navigate safely in city traffic. 

Ride with us along the Yarra River, find out about Melbourne's arts precinct and get to know a bunch of great people, some exciting places to drink, eat and hang out in the CBD, while we give you handy tips to tackle the busy road environment. 

You don't even have to have your own bike, courtesy of Melbourne Bike Share, you'll be provided with a blue bike and helmet for the tour. Too easy!

FREE, bookings essential!

Book your ticket

Check out RMIT's Newsline video featuring our International Student Tours from last year.

During the tour you'll be guided by trained bike buddies and covered by Cycling Victoria insurance. International Student Bike Tours are staged in partnership with The City of Melbourne and Melbourne Bike Share and act as bicycle orientation for international students recently arrived in Melbourne. 

 

 

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The City of Melbourne is working with The Squeaky Wheel and behaviour change experts Mutfung on the City of Melbourne's new road safety campaign Share Our Streets:  Pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and motorcycle riders are asked to show courtesy and respect to make their journey around the city safer and more enjoyable – for everyone!

We're pleased to support the City of Melbourne in running more than 60 activities at locations around the city at sites where a particular issue or risk has been identified, some of which are:

  • Shared spaces: Some of Melbourne's most loved destinations are shared spaces, like Southbank or Harbour Esplanade. Pedestrians and bike riders may seem like odd couples but they need to get along. Street teams will remind everyone to look out for others in shared spaces (see below for pop up locations in the next weeks).
  • Distractions: One of the biggest risks for pedestrians results from the distraction of mobile phones – look up when crossing the street.  And, during April, keep your eyes peeled for larger than life characters on Swanston Street!
  • Car dooring: Particularly along St Kilda Road, car dooring remains an issue. Activations will be held to remind motorists to look out for cyclists when opening their car doors after parking.

With the launch of the campaign last week in Southbank, the Share Our Streets teams have started to share common sense tips that can make a big difference to everyone’s experience of the city - and now YOU are invited to share your thoughts!

Come by for a chat and a FREE freshly ground Dreux & Ghisallo's coffee while your bike gets a FREE quick tune up at Good Cycles mobile bike maintenance station - you might get to know your fellow path user (and even like it).

See your street teams popping up, stop in and join the conversation at these locations:

Harbour Esplanade/Bourke St: 7.30am-9am and 12-1.30pm (11, 13, 14, 18, 20 March)

Southbank Spillway (close to Southbank footbridge): 7.30-9am (21, 25, 27, 28 March and 1, 3, 4, 8, 15 and 17 April).

More information on Share Our Streets via the City of Melbourne website and share your content at #shareourstreets.

 

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This year we just couldn't get enough Pushy Women flavour on our biscuit - so we made two of them. One for all the ladies of the South on the 2 March (for those of you that missed it check out these snaps) and one for all the ladies of the North - our home team, our backyard, our sisters, HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY ladies!

WARNING! May include town bikes, speed freaks, lycra lasses, dykes on bikes, pedal pushers, dinkers and BMX bandits.

Eight of Melbourne's most prominent writers, comedians, thinkers and performers present their take on being a pushy woman.

Featuring:

Kate Langbroek, Bev Killick, Genevieve Morris, Van Badham, Anne Edmonds, Karen Pickering, Lally Katz and Pip Lincoln

Hosted by Catherine Deveny - writer, comedian, atheist postergirl and commuter cyclist evangelist.

Will sell out.

So, if you like the look of this line up (and seriously what's not to like) you are going to have a ball at this unique story telling and performance event.

Sunday 16 March, 4pm
Thornbury Theatre
859 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071
Australia

$35 full / $25 conc. plus booking fee

BOOK YOUR TICKETS 

 

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You don't have to be related to appreciate the special bonds of sisterhood. Every woman has a woman in their life that is privy to our deepest desires, the first to hear good (and bad!) news, someone who knows just when we need to be parked on the couch with a cup of tea, packet of tim tams and the remote control. 

This Sunday we are calling on all sisters to call upon their sisters to spend an afternoon out on the treadlie. Our Mother/Daughter/Sisterhood ride is curated especially to celebrate the bonds between women, and will leave you even more appreciative of that special woman in your life, or perhaps introduce a new one!

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The day begins at Gasworks Arts Park (site of the recent Pushy Women South extravaganza) and takes in stops at the Port Phillip Mussel Festival, St Ali Cafe (with a free coffee), a stop in the park learning some helmet ready hairstyles from Braiding with Theresa and finishing up with a beach cruise and some sparkling (provided) to reflect the sparkle in each others eyes.

Mussels, sparkling, coffee and playing with our hair. Oh yes. 

Who needs friends when you've got sisters?

Tickets $15

BOOK YOUR PLACE

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pushy-women-excursion-a-mother-daughter-sisterhood-ride-tickets-10543751645

 

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