New website!

We have a brand new website – – please stay in touch! This temporary website is winding up for now. But we’re fired up after the success of the Get Pushy Rally, and there’ll be more campaigning activities coming.

We leave you with our LOVE OR HATE map from the rally. The green ticks are for what we love, the red crosses for what we hate.

Governments can be convinced to turn those reds into green, but they may need a little push. That’s why we need to speak up, work together, and get pushy!

How to make your voice heard on cycling issues

That was awesome! What now? 

The rally today was fantastic. There are some photos in the previous post. And we just published some more great ones here on the Melbourne BUG Flickr page!

This is only the beginning. There’s so much more we can do if we work together. As we mentioned today, Melbourne City Council are looking at the possibility of a separated bike lane down Latrobe street. When push comes to shove on this and other issues, we’ll need to fire up and make our voice heard! We’ll be winding this temporary blog up, but we’ll keep you posted on our brand new website – – and you can also follow us here or Twitter here.

Email the transport minister about the dooring bill

This afternoon the car dooring bill was deferred until next parliamentary sitting week, 13 March, while the government considers its position. More time to lobby them!

Write to Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Edward O’Donahue – edward.o’ CC the Minister for Transport Terry Mulder – Ask them to support the bill and give us some safe bike lanes too!

Other ways to make your voice heard on bike issues

1) Write to your local state MP or local council about your bike issue

If you have an idea for a bike improvement, or something you want fixed, we suggest you write to your local state MP, who you can find here. You might want to email your local council too – find them here.

2) Join the Melbourne Bicycle Users Group

The Melbourne BUG campaigns for better cycling conditions in the City of Melbourne, which includes CBD and surrounds (ie Docklands, South/North/West Melbourne, Carlton, etc). We are for anyone who uses the CBD, not just people who live here!

This is only a temporary website but we have a new website here and you can subscribe for updates. You can also follow us on Facebook here or Twitter here. You can also join our google group here.

3) Join or start a local Bicycle Users Group

You can find the local group in your area here (list is a bit out of date, but should still have useful info). Some groups are more active than others. If there doesn’t seem to be much happening in your area, why not consider start something yourself?

We want to hear your ideas. There was lots of talk today about ideas people have for working together to make Melbourne a bike city. What do you think? What are your ideas about how we can work together?

Thank you all!

A huge thank you to every one who came to Gordon Reserve at lunchtime today, to get pushy for cycling safety.  It was a fantastic turnout and great to see so many friendly faces. We are keen to keep in touch!

Thanks to Greg Barber MLC, for giving us the run down on the Dooring Bill.  We are right behind this initiative, and hope that it can be the starting point for some positive action to make cycling safer for all Victorians.

Finally, thank you to all the BUG members and friends, who wrote ideas on serviettes, painted placards, told their friends, decorated their bikes, took photos, showed their support, distributed flyers and handed out lychees.  We could not have done it without you.

Demand 5: come for a ride with the Melbourne BUG to experience Melbourne’s roads from a bike

Motorists should get on their bike and see what it’s like for cyclists, Transport Minister Terry Mulder said recently. Mulder admitted that he’s not a cyclist himself.

Mulder’s supportive comments did not go unnoticed by cyclists. It’s true that the roads look different from a bike. For example, what seems like a safe passing distance to a driver doesn’t always seem safe to a cyclist. And when cyclists refuse to ride within narrow painted bike lines painted next to parked cars, and instead ride to the right of them, it’s not because they’re trying to hold up traffic, it’s because they’re trying to avoid getting clobbered by a car door!

That’s why we’re inviting Mulder to follow through with his comment, and come for a ride with the Melbourne Bicycle Users Group. We promise to make it fun and enjoyable. And experiencing the roads from a bike will help him understand what works and what doesn’t.

Demand number 4: review the road rules to remove barriers to safe cycling

Sally is riding out of the city on a busy road, heading towards an excellent bicycle route.  She needs to turn right.  Rather than cut across two lanes of fast-moving traffic, Sally pulls onto the footpath at a pedestrian crossing and crosses with the pedestrian lights.

Sally did this because she was looking out for her own safety.  But at the same time, Sally breached the road rules that make it an offence for a cyclist to ride on a footpath, and to cross at a pedestrian crossing.

Ideally, Sally wouldn’t have to make this call, because there would be more safe bike lanes forming a coordinated network across the city.

But until that happens, we believe that cyclists should not be punished for taking defensive action.

We think these offences don’t look at the reality of roads from a cyclist’s perspective. Even the definition of a ‘road’ in the road rules implies that roads are for cars.

The car dooring bill goes some way to addressing the inadequate penalties that currently apply to car drivers who endanger cyclists.  But we would like to see a broader review of all road rules – looking at strategies to make it safer (such as clear rules on safe passing distances), and looking at removing barriers to safe cycling.

What do you think?  Are there road rules that just don’t make sense for cyclists?