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New International Student Visitors get Insiders Tour of Melbourne by Bike

This September The City of Melbourne will again fund a series of life-changing bike tours for International Students. Now in its 5th year, the program has set the course for many international students by providing a warm welcome and knowledge base on how to navigate the streets of their new home – by bike!

The program provides four training and tour sessions, meeting at Melbourne's beating heart, Federation Square. The students will revise or learn basic bike handling and safety skills, learn the rules and customs of the Melbourne roads and set off on a curated tour taking in places of interest and value for young students.

All of this will happen from the seat of Melbourne's famous Blue Bikes, provided by project partners Melbourne Bike Share. Program participants will also learn how to hire and use the bikes, setting them up for a seamless use of the public transport system.

Each tour is conducted by AustCycle qualified bicycle training experts and is hosted by a local bike loving student, to provide the International students with all the insider tips on how to make the most out of Melbourne's ever growing café, food, and music culture, not to mention the nightlife!

September dates for the program are below, registration is essential!

BOOK ONLINE HERE and choose your date

Session 1: Saturday 3rd September, 10am-­‐12.30pm

Session 2: Saturday 10 September, 10am-­‐12.30pm

Session 3: Saturday 17 September, 10am-­‐12.30pm

Session 4: Saturday 24th September, 10am-­‐12.30pm

Enquiries Contact: Faith Hunter via faith@thesqueakywheel.com or 0406 585 463

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Join us for an architectural bicycle tour of Brunswick led by Neometro founder and Design Director Jeff Provan.

ArchiBike will tour sites around Brunswick’s built up, sometimes congested, but always visually eclectic urban landscape. From the architecture of Brunswick’s glorious yesteryear, art along bluestone laneways, to more recent development models setting new standards for apartment living; this ride will explore one of Melbourne's most dynamic suburbs and feature local architecture, design and social history.

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With stops and ride-bys to sites as varied as The Commons, Tinning Street, Brunswick Velodrome, Jewell Station and more, this is one fascinating bike ride for lovers of the suburb and inner-urban living. 

ArchiBike will start and finish at the Jewell Station Cafe, at the rear of the corner Union Street and Upfield Bikeway. We will cover approx 8kms and travel on bike paths and on roads in traffic.

Places on the ArchiBike Tour are $5 each and include a free coffee.

BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

All participants must be over 12 years old and any under 16 MUST be accompanied by a guardian who is also enrolled on the ride. Participants must bring their own road-worthy bicycle and helmet. 

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Continuing the series of rides supported by the Maribyrnong City Council, the Westie Women series explores the diverse and fabulous food of the west with a series of cycling tours. Joyce Watts of CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT will be curating and hosting our rides so you know they'll be good and onto the latest and greatest in foodie experiences.

In the 1950s Footscray was a centre for Italian migrants. Sixty years later join Joyce Watts from CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT and experience how Italian cuisine has been reinterpreted for modern Australians with a three course meal by bike. Buon appetito! 

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There's only eleven places on this, our final ride for 2016 in the Westie Women series. Tickets are $15 per person and they'll fill up fast so be sure to book your ticket and make sure you don't miss out. Is there a better way to spend a winter's Saturday?  

Westie Women Foodie Rides are a Maribyrnong City Council Gender Equity Initiative. 

BOOK your place now!

All participants must be over 12 years old and any under 16 MUST be accompanied by a guardian who is also enrolled on the ride. This ride will involve riding on roads in traffic. 

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So you know how to ride a bike, but you never actually ride? If you've got basic bike riding skills but not the confidence to use them, then Pushy Women training is for you!

Kick off your spring with the skills and confidence to make this the year you join the legions of Melbourne bike riders! We're thrilled to be able to present the final of our 2016 Pushy Women Training series for the City of Yarra on Sunday September 18th! 

Pushy Women is a sociable and friendly training program for women who know how to ride but don't have the confidence to use their bikes regularly. 

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In this two and a half hour session you'll get to know a group of fabulous local women just like yourself, all while honing the skills you need to safely get around by bike.

We'll start off in a traffic-free environment and practise all the basic bike skills you need to safely move onto the roads. There'll be plenty of time to ask questions in a supportive and friendly group. Moving on to some quiet local roads we'll learn how to use the bike lane confidently, navigate roundabouts, make hook turns, confidently choose our position on the road and safely get across intersections. 

We'll be finishing at Green Park Dining where you'll get to enjoy one of their lovely coffees while we take time to discuss what to do when you have a mechanical, route planning around the City of Yarra and further afield, and road rules and there'll be plenty of time to answer questions as they come up, whether they're about bicycles, accessories, riding at night or finding friends to ride with. You'll also get to meet the guys from Velo Cycles who will be answering all of your bike-shop related questions!

The Pushy Women Yarra training session is on Sunday September 18th at 10:00am in Fitzroy. Suitable for women who have a bicycle and are able to ride a bike but wish to improve their confidence. All participants must be over 12 years old and any under 16 MUST be accompanied by a guardian who is also enrolled on the course. The course will be conducted in a traffic-free environment and on roads. Thanks to the City of Yarra this session is free but you MUST register! 

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

Participants must bring their own bicycle, helmet and water bottle. 

 

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Raid the bikkie jar with Joyce Watts from CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT and enjoy how different cultures interpret these dainty little treats, perfect with a tea or coffee!

Continuing the series of rides supported by the Maribyrnong City Council, the Westie Women series explores the diverse and fabulous food of the west with a series of cycling tours. Joyce Watts of CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT will be curating and hosting our rides so you know they'll be good and onto the latest and greatest in foodie experiences.

Join us for afternoon tea by bike, the perfect break to your busy Saturday and enjoy a cuppa and a bikkie, or several bikkies, in some of Joyce's favourite food haunts of the west! 

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A Cuppa and a Bikkie has only has places for eleven participants so book your place to make sure you don't miss out! Tickets are $15 per person. 

A Cuppa and a Bikkie will be held on;

Saturday June 18th 2:00-3:30pm

BOOK your place now!

Westie Women Foodie Rides are a Maribyrnong City Council Gender Equity Initiative

All participants must be over 12 years old and any under 16 must be accompanied by an adult also enrolled on the ride. This ride will be conducted on a mixture of bike paths and high-traffic roads. Participants must bring their own road-worthy bicycle and helmet. Participant's email addresses will be added to The Squeaky Wheel and Cycle Style mailing lists. 

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The time is here guys! Victoria's first trial of bike transport on buses has arrived. You can now travel east-west across Melbourne's north on two different bus routes, joining Essendon with Ivanhoe and Strathmore with East Coburg. There are also routes in Phillip Island and Bendigo. Check out the maps of the Melbourne routes below.

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The racks will be attached to 15 buses across the trial (so possibly not every bus on the route) and each bus can carry 2 bicycles. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) are hoping the trial will provide information about the demographics of the service user, and to gauge whether there is further demand. So be sure to give it a go!

Check out these infographics too for info on how to use the racks.

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You can find out more on the trial FAQs page here, and fill out a survey for PTV to gather more data on further integration of bikes with public transport.

 

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So you know how to ride a bike, but you never actually do? If you've got basic bike riding skills but not the confidence to use them, then Pushy Women training is for you!

We're thrilled to be able to present the second of our Pushy Women Training series for the City of Yarra on Sunday May 8th! Pushy Women is a sociable and friendly training program designed to give you all the confidence you need, and quite possibly some new bike-riding mates! Each session focuses on local roads and bike paths so you can get familiar with the area where you want to ride. 

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In this two and a half hour session you'll get to know a group of fabulous local women just like yourself, all while honing the skills you need to safely get around by bike.

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We'll also be talking about what to do when you get a flat tyre, route planning around Richmond and beyond and there'll be plenty of time to answer questions as they come up, whether they're about bicycles, accessories, riding at night or finding friends to ride with.  

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The Pushy Women Yarra training session is on Sunday May 8th at 10:00am and will be starting from Richmond Primary School before moving onto local low-traffic roads and bike paths. 

Suitable for women who have a bicycle and are able to ride a bike but wish to improve their confidence. All participants must be over 12 years old and any under 16 MUST be accompanied by a guardian who is also enrolled on the course. The course will be conducted in a traffic-free environment, on bike paths and on roads.

Don't have your own bicycle? Did you know that the City of Yarra are part of Melbourne Bike Share? In fact, there is a Bike Share station at the end of Napier St, on Victoria Parade so if you don't have your own bicycle why not borrow a blue bike

BOOK YOUR TICKET TO RIDE!

Participants must bring their own bicycle, helmet and water bottle and registration is FREE!  

 

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So you know how to ride a bike, but you never actually do? If you've got basic bike riding skills but not the confidence to use them, then Pushy Women training is for you!

We're thrilled to be able to present the third of our Pushy Women Training series for the City of Yarra on Sunday May 15th! Pushy Women is a sociable and friendly training program designed to give you all the confidence you need, and quite possibly some new bike-riding mates! Each session focuses on local roads and bike paths so you can get familiar with the area where you want to ride. 

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In this two and a half hour session you'll get to know a group of fabulous local women just like yourself, all while honing the skills you need to safely get around by bike.

We'll start off in a traffic-free environment, in the grounds of Collingwood College, and practise all the basic bike skills you need to safely move onto the roads. There'll be plenty of time to ask questions in a supportive and friendly group. Moving on to some quiet local roads we'll learn how to use the bike lane confidently, navigate roundabouts, make hook turns and safely get across intersections. 

Of course there'll be the chance to sit down and enjoy refreshments and we'll also be talking about what to do when you get a flat tyre, route planning around Collingwood and beyond. There'll be plenty of time to answer questions as they come up, whether they're about bicycles, accessories, riding at night or finding friends to ride with. 

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The Pushy Women Yarra training session is on Sunday May 15th at 10:00am at collingwood College.

Suitable for women who are able to ride a bike but wish to improve their confidence. All participants must be over 12 years old and any under 16 MUST be accompanied by a guardian who is also enrolled on the course. The course will be conducted in a traffic-free environment, on bike paths and on roads.

Don't have your own bicycle? Did you know that the City of Yarra are part of Melbourne Bike Share? In fact, there is a Bike Share station at Yorkshire Brewery in Wellington St, Collingwood so if you don't have your own bicycle why not borrow a blue bike

 BOOK YOUR TICKET TO RIDE!

Participants must bring a bicycle, helmet and water bottle and registration is FREE! 

 

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Like to get out on your bike more often? Grab your gal pals and join our Pushy Women Excursion for a gorgeous autumnal bike path excursion by bike!  With good coffee, great company and a farmer's market picnic our Pushy Women Excursion is the perfect opportunity to remind yourself of all the great reasons to ride. 

We'll be kicking off this wheely good outing with a delicious free coffee courtesy of Green Park Dining, while the mechanics from Velo Cycles next door check over your bike and make sure it's excursion ready.  It'll be a great opportunity to introduce yourself to your fellow riders, too. 

Once everyone is ready we'll be heading off at a leisurely pace eastwards along the Capital City Trail. There'll be plenty of time for socialising, admiring the view and checking out the autumn leaves; your ride leaders will guide you so that you can relax and enjoy the whirr of many wheels!

We'll sweep around onto the Merri Creek Trail, head south over some gentle rolling hills, oooh and aaah as we pass Dights Falls and finally finish up at Abbotsford Convent in time for the Slow Food Farmer's Market

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There'll be time to explore the market stalls, and enjoy some of your shopping as a picnic. You can stay at Abbotsford Covent as long as you wish and explore the gallery, studios, bookshop or cafes. But if you do want a guide to help you get home, two of our ride leaders will be heading back north to Velo Cycles just after midday and one will be heading back towards Richmond and East Melbourne for those heading in that direction. 

Not sure how to get to Green Park Dining? One of our ride leaders will be leaving from the Melbourne Bike Share station at the cnr Napier St and Victoria Parade at 9:30 to ride up to Green Park Dining. She'll also pick up anyone waiting at the Fitzroy Town Hall Melbourne Bike Share Station at 9:40. And this means of course that if you don't have your own bicycle you can borrow one of the Melbourne Bike Share bikes! 

Tickets to the Pushy Women Excursion are FREE!

 BOOK YOUR PUSHY WOMEN EXCURSION TICKET NOW!

This ride is suitable for riders with good bike skills who can ride on shared paths and, if you are taking the Napier St pick-up option, low-traffic roads. All participants must be over 12 years old and those under 16 MUST be accompanied by a guardian who is also enrolled on the ride. 

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Cemeteries play an important role in the history, culture and even social life of the local community.  Not only are they the last resting place of loved ones, but they are a timeless custodian of our history and our ancestors – filled with the colourful, moving, important and personal stories of those buried there. 

Join us on an hour long discovery tour of Fawkner Memorial Park by bike as part of The Great Cemetery Open Day! We'll discover how Fawkner fits in to the history and development of Melbourne,  from its beginnings inspired by the ideal Victorian Railway Cemetery to a modern, and multi-cultural, memorial park, how it has grown and changed to reflect the changes amongst the population living around it, and the changes in their attitudes to death. All while pedalling through peaceful, bike-friendly gardens! 

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The Great Cemetery Open Day encourages visitors to experience cemeteries from a different perspective and demystify what goes on behind-the-scenes. In addition to the Fawkner Cemetery Discovery Tour there will also be other activities and tours of key buildings on site which you'll be free to join.

Fawkner Memorial Park is easy to reach from the Upfield Bikeway. There will be three Fawkner Cemetery Discovery Tours at 11:15, 12:30 and 1:45pm and each tour runs for one hour. We'll finish each tour at the Crematorium just in time for a tour there.  Tours are FREE but you must book!

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

This ride is suitable for beginner riders with basic bike riding skills and will involve riding on quiet sealed roads and gravel paths in a low-traffic environment. 

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Proudly presented in partnership with our favourite self appointed commuter cycling evangelist Catherine Deveny, Pushy Women will bring together Melbourne’s most fabulous and fiercely funny women to share their story of life on two wheels.

A gangbuster line up of town bikes, lady riders, pedal pushers, lycra ladettes, fixie hipsters, BMX bandits, dykes on bikes, step through ladies and women who don't ride AT ALL.

Six of Melbourne's most prominent comedians and performers will present their take on being a pushy woman this coming April. Now in it's fifth year, and second in the Melbourne Comedy Festival this laugh out loud storytelling event celebrating women's lives on wheels. Featuring:

Four piece feminist cabaret sensation Lady Sings It Better, award winning writer, novelist and slam poet Maxine Beneba-Clarke, stand-up comedy dynamo Becky Lucas,  
Diana Nguyen, actress, performer, speaker, comedian and more names TBC.

Hosted and curated by writer, comedian, atheist and self appointed commuter cycling evangelist Catherine Deveny, Pushy Women is an ode to this inimitable Melbournian's love of bikes. “It’s faster than walking, safer than driving, cheaper than public transport and it’s the closest thing to flying”, Catherine Deveny.

“She's brassy in her delivery and transgressive in her material, acting as a mouthpiece for those tired of the blithe accepted wisdoms and no-go zones of mainstream society. Her audience is delighted”, The Age.

Does usually sell out, so better... 

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

Tickets: $35 Full, $25 Conc

May contain coarse language and adult themes

 

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So you know how to ride a bike, but you never actually ride? If you've got basic bike riding skills but not the confidence to use them, then Pushy Women training is for you!

We're thrilled to be able to present the first of our Pushy Women Training series for the City of Yarra on Sunday April 10th! Pushy Women is a sociable and friendly training program for women who know how to ride but don't have the confidence to use their bikes regularly. 

In this two and a half hour session you'll get to know a group of fabulous local women just like yourself, all while honing the skills you need to safely get around by bike.

We'll start off in a traffic-free environment and practise all the basic bike skills you need to safely move onto the roads. There'll be plenty of time to ask questions in a supportive and friendly group. Moving on to some quiet local roads we'll learn how to use the bike lane confidently, navigate roundabouts, make hook turns and safely get across intersections. 

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We'll be taking time to discuss what to do when you have a mechanical, route planning around Fitzroy and further afield,  road rules and there'll be plenty of time to answer questions as they come up, whether they're about bicycles, accessories, riding at night or finding friends to ride with. 

The Pushy Women Yarra training session is on Sunday April 10th at 10:00am in North Carlton. Suitable for women who have a bicycle and are able to ride a bike but wish to improve their confidence. All participants must be over 12 years old and any under 16 MUST be accompanied by a guardian who is also enrolled on the course. The course will be conducted in a traffic-free environment and on roads. 

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

Participants must bring their own bicycle, helmet and water bottle and registration for the Pushy Women Yarra training session is $10

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So you know how to ride a bike, but you never actually ride? If you've got basic bike riding skills but not the confidence to use them, then Pushy Women training is for you!

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