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Cycling

There are more than 100km of shared paths throughout the City of Knox that connect with major parks, reserves, schools and shopping precincts.

Whether you are riding for sport, recreation or just 'to get around', cycling is a fast and efficient mode of transport. Cycling will save you money, help the environment and improve your fitness. It is also much less stressful than sitting in a car! Knox Already has a significant bicycle network, predominantly catering for recreational users. The challenge now is to develop a combination of appropriate off-road and on-road networks to ensure cycling becomes a realistic travel choice for all residents and visitors to Knox.

The current Knox Cycling Brochure, including a map of the Knox Bike Network, is available electronically by click on the link at the bottom of this page. Copies of this bike maps are available from Council's Customer Service Centres.

Please remember when riding on shared paths that these are shared spaces with pedestrians. Cyclists should obey the road rules and reduce speed, give way to pedestrians and be courteous. Cyclists should also alert pedestrians of their presence by using their bell.

Bicycle Courses

We have a number of Bike Courses available for 2019-20. Check out them out below and register your interest.

Bike Maintenance Course

21 September 2019
1.00pm-3.00pm

Ferntree Gully Uniting Church
6 The Avenue
Ferntree Gully
18+ years old
(younger children can attend but must be supervised by an adult)

Duration: 2 hours

Maximum Participants: 20
Keeping your bike in good mechanical condition is important to rider safety, is more pleasant to ride and saves you money as well.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:
  • Clean a bike
  • Make basic adjustments
  • Repair a puncture
  • Replace an inner tube
  • Service and check brakes
  • Set up a home workshop
At the end of the session, half an hour is allocated for the instructor to perform bike safety checks. You are welcome to bring in your bike for a free bike safety check.
Register

Bike Maintenance Course

5 October 2019
1.00pm-3.00pm

Orana Community House
62 Coleman Road
Wantirna South
18+ years old
(younger children can attend but must be supervised by an adult)

Duration: 2 Hours

Maximum Participants: 20
Keeping your bike in good mechanical condition is important to rider safety, is more pleasant to ride and saves you money as well.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:
  • Clean a bike
  • Make basic adjustments
  • Repair a puncture
  • Replace an inner tube
  • Service and check brakes
  • Set up a home workshop
At the end of the session, half an hour is allocated for the instructor to perform bike safety checks. You are welcome to bring in your bike for a free bike safety check.
Register

Bike Maintenance Course

13 October 2019
2.00pm-4.00pm

The Basin Senior Citizens Hall
370 Forest Road
The Basin
18+ years old
(younger children can attend but must be supervised by an adult)

Duration: 2 Hours

Maximum Participants: 20
Keeping your bike in good mechanical condition is important to rider safety, is more pleasant to ride and saves you money as well.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:
  • Clean a bike
  • Make basic adjustments
  • Repair a puncture
  • Replace an inner tube
  • Service and check brakes
  • Set up a home workshop
At the end of the session, half an hour is allocated for the instructor to perform bike safety checks. You are welcome to bring in your bike for a free bike safety check.
Register

Bike Maintenance Course

9 November 2019
10.00am-12.00pm

Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre
40 Fulham Road
Rowville
18+ years old
(younger children can attend but must be supervised by an adult)

Duration: 2 Hours

Maximum Participants: 20
Keeping your bike in good mechanical condition is important to rider safety, is more pleasant to ride and saves you money as well.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:
  • Clean a bike
  • Make basic adjustments
  • Repair a puncture
  • Replace an inner tube
  • Service and check brakes
  • Set up a home workshop
At the end of the session, half an hour is allocated for the instructor to perform bike safety checks. You are welcome to bring in your bike for a free bike safety check.
Register

Bike Maintenance Course

1 February 2020
9.30am-11.30am

Coonara Community House
22 Willow Road
Ferntree Gully
18+ years old
(younger children can attend but must be supervised by an adult)

Duration: 2 Hours

Maximum Participants: 20
Keeping your bike in good mechanical condition is important to rider safety, is more pleasant to ride and saves you money as well.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:
  • Clean a bike
  • Make basic adjustments
  • Repair a puncture
  • Replace an inner tube
  • Service and check brakes
  • Set up a home workshop
At the end of the session, half an hour is allocated for the instructor to perform bike safety checks. You are welcome to bring in your bike for a free bike safety check.
Register

Novice Cycling Course

19 January 2020
10.00am-12.00pm

Fairpark Reserve
Manuka Drive, corner Scoresby Road
Boronia
(at the basketball Courts)
18+ years old
(younger children can attend but must be supervised by an adult)

Duration: 2 Hours

Maximum Participants: 10

Cost: $5

There are NO REFUNDS on tickets but tickets are transferrable to another person.
This is a basic course aimed at people who can balance on a bike but need to brush up on basic bike handling skills.

In this course you will learn proper techniques and better control of your bike skills in a traffic free area. Skills taught include:
  • Starting/Stopping
  • Scanning and signalling
  • Riding in a straight line
  • Using gears
  • Braking
  • Cornering
Participants must be able to ride and must bring a helmet.
Register

Riding in Traffic - Defensive Cycling

15 February 2020
9.00am-1.30pm

Fairpark Reserve
Manuka Drive, corner Scoresby Road
Boronia
(at the basketball Courts)
18+ years old

Duration: 4.5 Hours

Maximum Participants: 10

Cost: $10

There are NO REFUNDS on tickets but tickets are transferrable to another person.
You're a competent bike rider and ride regularly on bike trails and now want to progress to on-road riding so you can ride to the shops and other local services.

With an emphasis on on-road practical experience, this course is aimed at experienced riders. Bike handling skill development is minimal. Instead you will learn how to ride in traffic and discuss road and traffic safety and route planning.

This is very much a practical experience with most of the learning done on quiet roads with 2 instructors - one in the front and one at the back. At the end of the course, the intent is for you to have the confidence and knowledge to use your bike to get around your local streets.

Participants must have a bike in good mechanical condition and a helmet.
Register

2 Day Bike Ed Holiday Program

1 and 2 April 2020

Day 1: 9.30am-2.00pm

Day 2:
9.30am-12.30pm

Lewis Park Pavilion
98 Lewis Road
Wantirna South
10-13 year olds

Duration: 4.5 Hours

Maximum Participants: 14

Cost: $20

There are NO REFUNDS on tickets but tickets are transferrable to another person.
Limited to 14 students aged between 10 and 13 years.
Day 1 will teach bike handling skills in a traffic free environment.
Day 2 will conclude with a short on-road ride in quiet residential streets.

Sessions will include multiple breaks and games to cater for this age group.

Students will learn:
  • Bike safety checks
  • Emergency stopping
  • Using gears
  • Scanning and signalling
  • Road rules and traffic safety
  • Basic bike adjustments and mainteancne
Participants must bring their own bike (no training wheels) and a helmet and must complete Day 1 in order to attend Day 2.
Register

Touring Knox by Bicycle

The Knox Cycleway will take you to local parks, reserves, leisure centres, historic homesteads, shopping centres, waterways and much more. It is a great way to see the City. There are many excellent locations along the cycleway for picnics, as well as scenic spots where you can sit and take in the view.

Building of the cycleway began in 1977, and it was always envisaged that a comprehensive network of off-road bike paths would traverse the municipality. Today, there are seven bridges and 19 underpasses along the cycleway, providing a safe recreational environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Knox Cycleway also connects with the bicycle networks of neighbouring municipalities. So, if you feel adventurous and fit, you can cycle towards Melbourne's CBD up into the Dandenong Ranges or down to Port Phillip Bay.

It is important to note that the Knox Cycleway is a shared use facility and that users are courteous and respectful of each other to ensure maximum enjoyment for everyone. Pedestrians and cyclists are permitted to use the cycleway, and cyclists should give way to pedestrians.

Public Bike Repair Stations

We have installed 3 Bike Repair Stations around the municipality. The repair stations include a pump and basic tools to allow you to complete minor maintenance on your bike.

You can find the Bike Repair Stations at:

1. Marie Wallace Reserve, Bayswater
2. Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully
3. Lewis Park, Wantirna South

Not sure how to use a Bike Repair Station? Find help online at bikefixation.com/help

Public Bike Parking

There are over 90 bike parking locations around the municipality, shown on Council's interactive Google based bike parking map.

Bike parking at railway stations and public transport hubs is provided using Parkiteer. This service is free and secure. However, you must pre register prior to your trip.

Get more information and advice about bike parking at train stations.

Cycling Groups

There are a number of active cycling groups operating within Knox:

In addition, 'She Rides', an initiative of Cycling Australia, provides a suite of introductory riding programs that focus on building fitness, developing skills and creating a social riding community of women. Visit the She Rides website for further details.

Useful Apps and Websites

When nature calls     Public Toilet Finder

Stay hydrated            Find a Water Tap

Find a place to play   Playground Finder

Bicycle Network Victoria


Members of Bicycle Victoria receive cycling insurance, discounts at bike shops, member support services and regular cycling newsletters. This site is full of essential cycling related information, including a comprehensive list of bicycle user groups and events.
bicyclenetwork.com.au

VicRoads


VicRoads is in the process of implementing a Principal Bicycle Network across Melbourne. More information, including downloadable bicycle maps, is available from the VicRoads website.

Railtrails Australia


Railtrails are multipurpose public paths created from abandoned railway corridors. With gentle gradients and minimal road intersections, the trails provide safe and scenic cycling routes.
railtrails.org.au

Cycling Victoria


Cycling Victoria is a peak governing body for both organised competitive and recreational cycling within Victoria. The organization focuses on providing organised opportunities for cycling.
cycling.org.au


Local Bike Shops


Shop Name Address Suburb
Cognition Cycles Westfield Knox, 425 Burwood Highway Wantirna South
Alchemy Cycle Trader 1/7 Samantha Court Knoxfield
Cycle Fixation 614 Mountain Highway Bayswater
Cycle Link 687 Mountain Highway Bayswater
Bike Hub 210 Dorset Road Boronia

For more information

If you would like more information about using the Knox Cycleway, local bicycle clubs and groups, or if you would like to discuss a cycling issue, please contact the Traffic and Transport Team, during opening hours on 9298 8000 or email SustainableTransport@knox.vic.gov.au.

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