Darebin Creek Trail Shared Path Bridge Replacement
Darebin and Banyule City Councils own an existing shared-path timber bridge crossing the Darebin Creek between Dundas Street in Thornbury and Banksia Street in Ivanhoe. The existing bridge is part of the Darebin Creek Trail which is an important transport route for both casual and commuter cyclists and also a popular path for walkers and joggers.
The existing bridge is approximately 30 years old and in poor condition. A structural audit on the bridge indicates that the existing bridge must be replaced. Both Councils have allocated funding to replace the bridge as part of their Capital Works Programs for 2017/18.
The new bridge will have a wider deck of 4m, more durable materials, and barriers and handrails complying with current standards. It will also be safer and more user-friendly than the existing bridge.
The project involves the construction of new foundations, demolition of the existing bridge, construction of new approaches, and installation of the new steel structure, handrails and mini mesh decking.
The alignment of the new bridge will match that of the existing bridge to avoid a Melbourne Water Sewer and minimise the impact on native vegetation. The old structure will be demolished and as a result pedestrian and bicycle access across the Darebin Creek will not be available during construction.
Please see the attached map for alternative routes. Available crossing points are Bell Street, Darebin Road (Livingstone Street), Murray Road and Wood Street.
Construction works to replace the existing bridge are planned to commence in April 2018 and are expected to be completed in August. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works.
Please follow Darebin’s Twitter and Facebook accounts for more information about closure and reopening dates.
One-on-One Bike Skills Training
> Do you know someone who wants to learn how to ride?
> Would they prefer a personalised approach?
> Do they want to learn at a day, time and location that suits them best?
Our experienced, patient and friendly instructors begin with the absolute basics like how to walk along with a bike, get on and off gracefully, start off, pedal and stop safely.
Our instructors give hands-on support until the new rider finds their balance, and then cheers them on as they gracefully ride off into the sunset. This training is suitable for anyone aged from 7 to 77.
> 3-hour courses for absolute beginners: $100
This training usually costs $195. However, Darebin residents are eligible to participate in this training program for the discounted price of $100.
> 2-hour courses for those with some riding experience: $70
This training usually costs $140. However, Darebin residents are eligible to participate in this training program for the discounted price of $100
Members of the community who are recipients of Centrelink payments or in social housing may be eligible to participate in this training program at no cost. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
The exact date, time and location of One-on-One Bike Skills Training is negotiated between you and your instructor. For more details and to register for One-on-One Bike Skills Training, please click through to our Eventbrite registration page.
Bike Skills Workshops
Do you already know how to ride a bike, but need a skills or confidence boost? Our series of bike skills workshops will help you learn more about your bike and how to ride safely on our local streets, bike paths and trails.
Our current range of workshops include:
- Women on Wheels (run by a female instructor for women wanting to build their confidence)
- Basic Bike Maintenance (for those wanting to learn how to look after their bike)
- Back on the Bike (for new riders wanting to develop their bike handling skills)
- Urban Cycling Confidence (for those wanting to develop their on-road riding skills)
These workshops are held in Autumn (February, March & April) and in Spring (September, October & November) every year.
For more information, dates, times and to register, please click through to our Eventbrite registration page.
Our TravelSmart Map shows on and off-road cycling routes, on-road bike lanes and informal cycling routes, as well as walking routes, public toilets, water fountains and public transport routes. You can collect a printed copy from one of our Customer Service Centres.
If you're after a TravelSmart Map for other parts of Melbourne and Victoria, please check out the VicRoads website.
Shimmy Bike Routes
A shimmy is a bike route that wiggles its way through quiet back streets avoiding busy main roads. With directional signage, road markings and maps, it's easy to shimmy your way across Darebin by bike. We have a map of the new Great Western Shimmy route, as well as a map of our Other Shimmy routes.
You can view all of Darebin’s shimmy routes together in this google map.
Ride2Work Day is Australia's biggest celebration of bike riding and the perfect opportunity to try riding to work. In October every year, you can join the thousands of riders across Darebin already on their bikes and experience the difference riding can make to your daily commute. For a wrap-up of Ride2Work Day 2017, click here.
We also encourage individual workplaces to host a Ride2Work Day breakfast at their premises. If you’re a business owner, take the lead and encourage your staff to ride. If you’re an employee, ask your boss to support the day. All businesses that register for Ride2Work Day with Darebin Council receive a FREE fresh fruit box for everyone to enjoy, as well as promotional posters, bike information and cycling-related give-aways.
It’s free and easy to register and all businesses that get involved are in the running to win some great prizes. Get in early and register your workplace for 2018 via our Eventbrite registration page.
Benefits of Riding a Bike to Work
Riding a bike is fast, convenient and fun. There are many other benefits of riding to work, such as:
- Improving personal health and wellbeing
- Attracting and retaining staff
- Reducing absenteeism and increasing productivity
- Saving money on petrol and public transport fares
- Reducing congestion on our roads
- Alleviating parking pressures at work
- Minimising our greenhouse gas emissions
For more information about how to make your workplace more bike-friendly, visit Bicycle Network.
You can also check out the "Four secrets of happiness that only bike riders know" from our friends at the Bicycle Network.
Be Bright at Night
Bike riders are some of our most vulnerable road users and we want them to do everything possible to improve their visibility and safety, especially during the winter months and when riding at night.
A white front light, a red rear light and a rear red reflector are essential to help drivers and pedestrians see approaching bike riders.
This video from our friends at VicRoads shows just how difficult it can be to see a cyclist who is not using lights.
VIDEO: Be seen at night - look bright, use your lights!
A range of bike lights and reflective accessories can be purchased from retailers. Bike riders can also check out the Bicycle Network's review of the Best bike lights 2017 for advice.
Please urge your family and friends to wear highly reflective gear and to ride with lights to boost their visibility when riding at night.
St Georges Road Bike Counter
In partnership with the Darebin Bicycle User Group, we have installed a solar powered bike counter on the St Georges Rd shared path. Sensors in the path detect when a bike passes and the counter shows how many people have ridden past that day, and for the year to date. Over 500,000 bikes are counted on the path every year, and this number is growing! The latest data is also available online.
Public Bike Repair Stations
Our public Bike Repair Stations allow you to easily complete on-the-go repairs on your bike on any day and at any time. The repair stations include a pump and basic tools to help you complete minor maintenance on your bike.
Not sure how to use a bike repair station? Find help online at www.bikefixation.com/help.
- Merri Creek - near St George’s Road intersection, Westgarth
- All Nations Park, Skate Park - Dennis Street, Northcote
- Opposite Northcote Town Hall - High Street, Northcote
- Cnr Miller Street and the Northern Pipe Trail (St Georges Rd shared path), Thornbury
- Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
Bike Parking Hoops
Do your ride to your favourite shop or cafe and find it hard to park your bike? Do you wish there was more bike parking near your local school or community centre? If so, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you own or manage a local business or organisation and would like more bike parking for your customers and clients, please complete our Bicycle Hoops Request online form.
Bike Parking at Train Stations
There are Parkiteer bike cages at Preston and Reservoir train stations. Parkiteers offer free, secure, undercover bike parking right near the station entrance. Access is available 24 hours by security pass which requires a $50 refundable deposit. Sign up at Parkiteer or call 1300 546 526.
Free Portable Bike Parking Hire
Local schools and community organisations can hire our ace portable bike rack at no cost. It can accommodate up to 10 bikes, fits in the back of a car and is easy to set up. It's a top way to encourage visitors to ride to your event. Email us at email@example.com for more information.
Local Bike Shops and Mechanics
- Bikes de Ver 364 Heidelberg Rd, Fairfield
- Culture of Cycling 326 Darebin Road, Fairfield
- Curve Cycling 18 Eastment Street, Northcote
- Finnigan's 507 High Street, Northcote
- North City Cycles 679 High Street, Thornbury
- North Fitzroy Cycles 256 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
- Pedal Cyclery 410 Gilbert Rd, Preston
- Plenty Cycles 50 Plenty Rd, Preston
- Rays Bikes 545 High St, Preston
- RichieBikeLane 442b Plenty Rd, Preston
- White's Bikes 309 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
- Wocle Mobile mechanic service
Community Bike Groups
- Darebin Bicycle User Group - a local group that campaigns for better cycling conditions and organises rides to suit cyclists of all abilities.
- Wecycle - a volunteer group that recycles and re-conditions unwanted bikes and re-homes them with people who need them.
- Wrenchworthy - an autonomous space for women, non-binary and gender diverse people interested in bike maintenance and learning how to fix bikes.
Other Useful Apps and Websites
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