Riding is a great way to get around Darebin and we have lots on offer to make it as enjoyable as possible.
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.
Bike Skills Workshops
Want to get around on a bike more 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 streets and bike paths.
Our current range of workshops include:
- 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 (March and April) and in Spring (September and October) every year.
Join our mailing list and be the first to know about our next round of workshops.
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.
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.
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 for more information.
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 the Parkiteer or call 1300 546 526.
Local Bike Shops and Mechanics
- Bikes de Ver 364 Heidelberg Rd, 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
Ph: 8470 8683