So far in our ‘cycle to’ series we have been Cycling in Adelaide, we’ve ridden through Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra and we have also peddled in Perth, both in the city and along the Fremantle Track.
This week we are…
Cycling in Melbourne
Melbourne has a bike share scheme, it’s called, yes, you’ve guessed it, Melbourne Bike Share.
I’m glad you asked…
It gets even better, there are over 50 “Stations” around Melbourne where you can pick up and drop off your bike. According to their website, they now have free helmets, not sure how that works but it sounds pretty good.
Pricing is in two parts though, currently fees are:
- $56 for an annual subscription so you can ride any bike at any time of the day or night. There’s also pricing for daily ($2.80) and weekly subscriptions ($8.00).
- You then pay for how long you have that bike for. The first 30 minutes are free, then it seems to go up quite sharply; $2 for 60 minutes, $7 for 90 minutes, $17 for up to 2 hours and then another $10.00 for each additional half-hour after that.
Clearly the trick is to keep returning the bikes to the next station and limiting your rides to under 30 minutes. On that basis, these bikes are pretty cheap.
For full details, visit Melbournebikeshare.
World’s most cycling friendly city?
But is Melbourne really the world’s friendliest cycling city? Yes, according to this article in ninemsn.
It’s not the only ‘world’s friendliest cycling city survey’ though and others I looked at seem to mostly favour Amsterdam or Copenhagen, so no surprises there.
SR Kristiawan and his friends appear to be having a great time cycling around Melbourne though…
Yes, I think it’s fair to say that Melbourne is pretty good for cycling, more than anything because it’s quite flat. Okay, time to hit the Beach Road Trail…