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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.

Free Bike Maintenance Courses!

Do you know how to fix a puncture or test the tyre pressure on your bike? Or how to remove or replace the wheels, or oil the chain?

This summer we are running free basic workshops to show you how to keep your bike up and running. And if you don't have the tools, not to worry - we have installed a bike repair station at the Marie Wallace Reserve which has all the tools you'll need to maintain your bike, where you can practice your new skills from the workshop.

Cost:Free
Info: All sessions will cover the same information. A bike isn't required to participate.
Enquiries:For more information, contact our Transport and Traffic team on 9298 8000 or email sustainabletransport@knox.vic.gov.au

Session 1


Date: Saturday 11 November 2017.
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Address: Orana Neighbourhood House, 62 Coleman Road, Wantirna South.

Register for Session 1.

Session 2


Date: Saturday 18 November 2017.
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Address: Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 40 Fulham Road, Rowville.

Register for Session 2.

Session 3


Date: Saturday 25 November 2017.
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Address: Coonara Community House, 22 Willow Road, Ferntree Gully.

Register for Session 3.

Session 4


Date: Sunday 18 February 2018.
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Address: The Basin Progress Hall, 370 Forest Road, The Basin.

Register for Session 4.

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.

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.

Cycling Events in Knox

Do you need that extra push to help you get back into cycling? Come and join one of our fun community events to get you reacquainted with your bike:

Sir Hubert Opperman Tribute

Sir Hubert Opperman (1906-1996), one of Australia’s great sporting cyclists, spent the last years of his life in Knox. During the 1920s and 30s, 'Oppy', as he became affectionately known, held virtually every Australian long distance, road racing and track record, as well as many world records, in cycling.

As a tribute to Oppy’s contribution to the sport, several bicycle trails along the Knox cycleway have been named after some of his most famous races. There are a number of commemorative sculptures and memorials placed along the route.

The Opperman Trails include:

  • Oppy’s Way
  • The 101 Trail
  • The Landa End Trail
  • The Trans Continental Trail
  • The Bol D'Or Trail
  • Paris-Brest-Paris Trail

Additionally, Knox's annual bicycle event, The Oppy Family Fun Ride, is named after Sir Hubert. The fun ride is part of the annual Knox Festival held in March and is a great family event, with entertainment, prizes and give-aways.

Bicycle Internet Links

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.

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.

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 business hours on 9298 8000 or email SustainableTransport@knox.vic.gov.au.

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