New website maps Melbourne’s bike paths

A group of enthusiastic senior cyclists has developed a website that showcases Melbourne’s extensive network of bike paths.

The website describes 39 rides around Melbourne and 10 rides in regional Victoria.

The senior cyclists are members of the U3A Yarra City On Yer Bike cycling group. This group has been cycling Melbourne’s bike paths for the past five years and the website is a compilation of their rides over this time.

Most of the Melbourne rides start or finish at a railway station and each ride has detailed information on the route, terrain, rest rooms and coffee shops. Most rides are also shown on My Maps Google maps. The rides on Melbourne bike paths range from 14km to 30km.

Group leader Ross Armstrong said the website was designed for use on mobile phones, laptops and tablets.

“The website is our gift to the community,” Mr Armstrong said.

“We have had a lot of fun riding Melbourne’s bike paths and we wanted others to share our enjoyment.”

Mr Armstrong said the emphasis of the website was on recreational riding that avoided busy roads.

“On Yer Bike is not a group for people interested in speed, time splits or competition. Our priorities are friendliness, helpfulness and fun,” Mr Armstrong said. “The website reflects this philosophy.”

The website also contained information on day and overnight cycle rides in regional Victoria, along with specific information for over 50s returning to cycling, finding and setting up a cycling group, cycling safety and etiquette, and using public transport.

It also has hyperlinks to other relevant websites.

Mr Armstrong said funding for the website came from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the Adult Community and Further Education Board, and U3A.

It was envisaged that more rides and information would be added to the website as they became available. Other riders and cycling groups had been asked to contribute their favourite rides and photos.

“We hope this website will encourage more people to cycle, especially those over 50,” Mr Armstrong said.

“Melbourne and regional Victoria have a great network of shared cycle paths and rail trails. They are an excellent way to see the city and countryside and get some exercise at the same time.

“The website will be an excellent resource for visitors to Melbourne and regional Victoria.”

Visit the website here

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