In 2014 a series of discussions and events with a broad cross-section of the Bendigo community were held on the topic of ‘Bendigo a Cycling City’. By the end that year the momentum from those conversations led to the establishment of Bike Bendigo.
Bike Bendigo is a community based organisation committed to getting more people on bikes and making Central Victoria the bicycle capital of Regional Australia. We work in partnership across the Greater Bendigo community to continuously improve the bicycle friendliness of our region.
Our activities are led by a small group of committed volunteers, if you’d like to get involved we have plenty of opportunities to work with your skills and issues/opportunities you are passionate about.
Our activities to date include (but are not limited to)
- Events and programs that promote inclusiveness, empowerment and building skills for people who are new to riding including o the Bendigo Pushy Women Urban cycling skills program (2015)
- Bendigo’s Monthly Community Ride (est. February 2016)
- Developing a cycling economy and culture in Bendigo by hosting events, working with industry and the tourism sector. We have hosted events including:
- Ride for Dad 2014 and 2015
- Ride2Work Day
- Establishment of an infrastructure working group
- Vahland’s Ride (Heritage tour and entertainment celebrating gold era Bendigo Architect William Vahland)
- Providing event bike parking (built by local Men’s Shed) at festivals including the Bendigo Easter Festival
- International Bike Film Festival, Filmed by Bike
- Open Streets Bendigo – providing spaces for people of all ages and abilities to ride in the streets and reimagine our streets as places for people
- Facilitating the establishment and supporting the development of the Active Travel, Healthy Kids Community Network working with parents and schools to become bicycle friendly and get more kids riding bikes and walking
- Victorian Parliament Inquiry into bicycle overtaking distances Submission and appearance at inquiry (2016)
- Submissions to Government strategies (State and Local)
- Sponsoring a women’s team in the 2015 Bendigo International Madison
- Auspicing the Thursday Joy Riders Community Grant program
- Developing a community bicycle plan that identifies regional cycling priorities and an action plan for central Victoria to become the bicycle capital of regional Australia
- Bringing experts to Bendigo to transfer knowledge including two cycling infrastructure experts from the Netherlands (who were already in Australia) in July 2016
- Providing a common voice for cycling, promoting every day riding by everyday people and furthering the narrative and of Central Victoria as Regional Australia’s Bicycle Capital
- Presentations to a number of national conferences including Bicycle Network’s Bike Futures conference and the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference