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:
- 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.
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.
- 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 the 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
Ph: 8470 8683