Maribyrnong Family Bike Day – Sunday 25 March

family bike day

This Sunday 25 March come along to Maribyrnong’s Family Bike Day and hear all about the council’s current cycling projects. It’s also an opportunity to share your ideas for the future of cycling in the City of Maribyrnong.

The event will be held in Pipemakers Park along the Maribyrnong River bicycle track. The park can be accessed from Van Ness Ave in Maribyrnong and the event will be set up between the Living Museum of the West and the Bike Repair Station.

The day will include Bike ‘n’ Blend’s smoothie bikes where you can spin your own smoothie, music generated by a ‘sound bike’, a bike course for kids, free sausage sizzle, coffee and more. Representatives from the Westgate Tunnel project will also be on site with a virtual reality Velloway Bike for attendees to use, giving them a sense of what it will be like to travel along the proposed West Gate Tunnel veloway.

There will also be a number of guest speakers throughout the day talking all things cycling, including:

11.30  – Harry Barber – Phillip Boyle Associates

12.00 – Kurt Rihs- Electric Bikes

12.30 – Jaison Hoernel – Good Cycles

1.00 –  Tina McCarthy – Wheely Women

1.30 –   Joyce Watts- CycleStyle

To find out more info and to indicate your interest go to the Facebook event.

Where:      Pipemakers Park along the Maribyrnong River bicycle track

When:       Sunday 25 March 11am – 2pm

Joyce Watts in Treadlie Magazine 22

Have you seen my feature in Issue 22 of Treadlie Magazine?

Georgia Thomas interviews me about my cycling background, what inspired me to start CycleStyle and the fun creative events I produce with Wheelie Good Fun.

Also in the issue, you’ll read about other people who live and breathe cycling: the duo behind Germany’s RAD RACE, Dario Nucci and Paul Carroll of custom bike company My Wild Love, bike-mad doctor dynamos Ciara and Steve in the Northern Territory and teen cycling virtuoso Maeve Plouffe.

Issue 22 of Treadlie Magazine hit the stands from 8 March. Subscribe here to get your copy.


Be part of the change – let’s see more women on bikes in the media!

joyce watts

As you know I’m passionate about promoting a culture of everyday bike riding in Australia.

I also believe that representation of women in cycling press and mainstream media is important in changing the discourse in society about cycling as a viable mode of transport.

Bicycle Network, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes bike riding culture and advocacy in Australia, has also noticed that their marketing material lacks diversity in riders, from types of bikes to racial and gender diversity.

As such, Bicycle Network wants to build a photo bank of women riders that they can use for their marketing collateral so that their marketing expresses the inclusivity that they preach at the organisation.

If you also want to be part of the change and to help ensure that women of all ages, cultures and professions are represented by Bicycle Network, please email [email protected] to join me in a photoshoot!

The material will be used in social media posts, eDMs and potentially a content piece by Bicycle Network.

Bicycle Network International Women’s Day Photo Shoot

Wednesday 7 March at 11-12pm

Canning Street x Capital City Bike Trail, North Carlton

How to fit a Nutcase Helmet

Watch this short 2 minute video on how to fit your Nutcase Helmet.

How to fit your Little Nutty Nutcase Helmet properly

Watch this short 2 minute video on how to fit your Little Nutty Nutcase Helmet properly.

How to fit your Baby Nutty Nutcase Helmet properly

Watch this video to learn how to fit your Baby Nutty Nutcase Helmet properly.

Knog’s Party Coil Bike Lock

Knog is a global bike brand that’s based in Melbourne, Australia and they make cool locks, lights and bells for the stylish and fun-loving cyclist.

Find out more about their Party Coil bike lock here.

Party Coil from knog on Vimeo.

Introducing Knog’s Blinder Mini Bike Lights

Knog is a global bike brand that’s based in Melbourne, Australia and they make cool locks, lights and bells for the stylish and fun-loving cyclist.

Find out more about Knog’s Blinder Mini lights here.

Blinder MINI from knog on Vimeo.

Knog Oi Bike Bell – Instructional Video

Watch the Oi Bike Bell Instructional video to see how to fit the Knog Oi bell onto your bike.

How to measure the diameter of bike handlebars and fit your Knog Oi bell

Handlebars come in all styles and sizes so here’s a quick guide to choosing the right size Knog Oi bell for your bike(s).

Watch this video to understand where and how to attach your Oi bike bell.

If your handlebar is any bigger than 22.2mm then you will need to choose the LARGE bell. The Large Oi comes with spacers that will allow you to attach the bell to handlebars with diameter of 23.8, 25.4 and 26mm.
– If your handlebar in the middle looks ‘normal sized’, it’s probably 25.4mm = LARGE bell
– If your handlebar looks overly big in the middle, it’s probably 31.8mm = LARGE bell


The easiest way to measure your handlebars is with a set of digital or vernier scale callipers.

measure your road bar diameter

measure handlebar with verniers

If you don’t have callipers then you can use a simple measure tape. Just wrap around the bar at the point you want to attach the Oi to get the circumference size and then divide by pi to get your diameter e.g. 99.9mm / ? = 31.8mm.

measure handlebar road

measure handlebar with tape

If you have no tape, then use a piece of paper (or string). Same as above, just wrap the paper around the bar at the point you want to attach the Oi, make a mark with a pen where the paper intersects and then measure against a ruler. This will give you the circumference and to get the diameter just divide by pi.

measure bar without tape

measure your circumference

measure handlebar with paper

measure your circumference 22

As a general rule of thumb:

–  Road Bike – Handlebars generally come in two clamp sizes 26mm (older style) and the newer ‘oversized’ 31.8mm. The area where you attach the Oi bell will most likely be either 25.4mm or 31.8mm = LARGE bell

–  Commuter/Cruiser Bikes – These handlebar sizes do vary due to the wide variety of styles, however most bar sizes would be either 25.4 or 31.8mm = LARGE bell

–  Mountain Bikes – Handlebars generally come in two clamp sizes 25.4mm (older style) and the newer ‘oversized’ 31.8mm. On some bars there will be a bulge in the middle and the bars will thin out towards the brake levers. If you want to attach your bell here, then please make sure you measure as it could mean you move from a large sized bell to a small. For instance the grip area on some of these bars will be 22.2mm, whereas the bulge is 25.4mm = LARGE bell

–  BMX – Always 22.2mm = SMALL bell

Christmas Delivery cut-off dates 2017

Please refer to our guide below to find the cut-off date for pre-Christmas delivery in your area*:

Darwin, North QLD, Regional WA Friday, Dec 8
Perth, Regional QLD Monday, Dec 11
Tasmania, Brisbane, Regional NSW or SA Tuesday, Dec 12
Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Regional Vic Wednesday, Dec 13
Melbourne Thursday, Dec 14

*please note that any delivery timeframes listed on our site are a guide only, based on the information provided by our postal suppliers. All dates listed are indications that can at any time be affected by unforeseen circumstance and delays beyond our control.

Our warehouse will be closed from Saturday December 23  and will reopen Monday January 8. You will still be able to purchase electronic gift vouchers until 5pm Christmas Eve Sunday 24 December.

During the break the online shop will still be open and all items will be dispatched from Monday January 8. We will also be available via email, Facebook and Twitter for customer enquiries and general chit-chat 🙂

CycleStyle x 10/10 Pop Up Shop

10/10 is a startup and young business incubator space by VUHanger and we’re proud to be part of the space with our first-ever pop-up shop!

We will be selling a selection of our cycling clothing and accessories, providing helmet-fitting services and offering test rides of Byk Bikes children’s bikes, the bestselling Micro Scooters models, the awesome Lekker e-bike and Lekker Mini Balance Bikes.

It’s your chance to touch, feel and try on many of our products and organise your bike and accessory wish list now for Christmas (in 11 weeks) and avoid last-minute stress and panic!

CycleStyle x 10/10 Pop Up Shop
9 Ballarat St Yarraville – at the Yarraville Pop Up Park, next to Cornershop cafe and across the road from the Sun Theatre
1 week only! Monday 9 October – Sunday 15 October
Monday 2pm-5pm
Tuesday 9:30 – 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am- 5pm
Thursday 9:30am – 7pm
Friday 9:30am – 7pm
Saturday 9:30am – 7pm
Sunday 9:30am – 5pm

Happy Ride2School Day!

Happy National #Ride2School Day!

My son’s kindergarten, daycare centre and local primary school kids joined the ‘bike bus’ and rode through the local streets with smiles and cheers before finishing up with a healthy breakfast in their bush garden.

Over the past 40 years the number of children who are physically active every day has significantly dropped. Today, levels of physical activity are at an all-time low. In the 1970s, eight out of ten students rode or walked to school. That number has dropped to just two out of ten. 

Cycling, scootering and walking to school is an easy way to start the day with some exercise – and studies show kids are then happier, more engaged and ready to learn.

Let’s get more kids healthy and active – plus riding to school is FUN!

Did your school join in Ride2School Day?

Letter to the Local Councillors and State Members of Parliament advocating for safe bike infrastructure in Maribyrnong

Photo via ABC

As promised in my previous post, here is my email regarding the death of a female cyclist at the corner of Whitehall St and Somerville Road Yarraville yesterday after being struck by a truck.

I sent a variation of this email to every City of Maribyrnong councillor (info here, Wade Noonan, the local State Member [email protected] and Luke Donellan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety [email protected], with relevant amendments for each recipient.

Because these are my personal feelings on this issue please don’t just copy-paste the whole text. But feel free to use it as a basis for a template for your own correspondence.

Let’s make some noise and make sure our voices are heard, for the safety of everyone on our streets.


I refer to the news today that a female cyclist in her 30s died yesterday after being hit by a truck at the intersection of Whitehall Street and Somerville Road, Yarraville.

I feel compelled to write to you because that woman could easily have been me, or my children. I’m a City of Maribyrnong resident and I am a female cyclist in my 30s who cycles regularly as a mode of transport, often with my two children aged 4 and 6 years old.

Whitehall Street has an off-street bike lane but at the intersection of Somerville Road cyclists are forced to share the road with a busy truck route with a desultory ‘bike lane’ marked by a white line. There is no physical barrier, no sharrows, no bollards, bike advance traffic signals or even green road paint.

While the relevant locations are owned and managed by VicRoads, they are located within the City of Maribyrnong.

As such I am seeking your assistance to advocate for:

  • the State Government amending its design requirements for Western Distributor to include a requirement to provide safe, protected and separated cycling infrastructure at Whitehall St x Somerville Road and along Somerville Road until at least Williamstown Road (the “relevant locations”);
  • the State Government and VicRoads to engineer an interim safe cycling solution at the relevant locations until the Western Distributor is completed; and
  • an increase in spending on bicycle infrastructure by the City of Maribyrnong commensurate with other Melbourne inner city municipalities.


Safe cycling infrastructure at the relevant locations

I know as a local councillor you can apply political pressure on the State Government and VicRoads to engineer a safe solution to cyclists being forced to mix with cars and trucks at the relevant locations.

Firstly, the current design requirements for Western Distributor state there will be a new fully separated walking and cycling connection from the Somerville Road/Whitehall St intersection to the Maribyrnong River.

However, once a cyclist moves inland from the intersection there will be no separated bike infrastructure.

If we are to prevent further deaths at this cycling black spot then the design requirements for Western Distributor need to be amended to specifically require that there is separated bike infrastructure at the relevant locations.

Secondly, as Western Distributor will take years to complete I am also asking that you apply political pressure on the State Government and VicRoads now to engineer an interim solution that can be quickly applied to enhance the safety of the relevant locations.

Funding of cycling infrastructure in the City of Maribyrnong

This tragic death also highlights the inadequate funding that City of Maribyrnong currently allocates to cycling infrastructure.

The Maribyrnong Bicycle Strategy 2014-2019 indicates that Council recognises the benefits of environmental, mobility, health and social equity benefits of investment in infrastructure and programs supporting cycling.

A 2011 study by the Cycling Promotion Fund and the National Heart Foundation describes the top four reasons why Australians (who would like to) do not cycle for transport:

–        Unsafe road conditions (46%);

–        Speed/volume of traffic (42%);

–        Don’t feel safe riding (41%); and

–        Lack of bicycle lanes/trails (35%).

The percentages are further increased when the question is asked of women.

Further the ABS forecasts that between 2013-2031 the population in Maribyrnong is predicted to increase to 111,189, a rise of 30% on the forecast population for 2015 of 85,302.

Investing in safe cycling infrastructure directly alleviates the four main reasons why Australians do not cycle and it is an economically efficient transport solution for Maribyrnong’s predicted population growth.

The 16/17 Council budget shows proposed expenditure of $350,000 on bicycle network upgrades on the river trail, which equates to only $4.18 per capita.

If the Council is truly committed to increasing cycling as a mode of transport then it needs to increase its expenditure on cycling to be at least commensurate with other Melbourne inner city municipalities (2016 data):

–        Melbourne (VIC): $12.02 – down from $50 in 2012

–        Port Phillip (Vic): $9.36 – assumes 70% of Walk & Bike funding for bikes. Includes external funding.

–        City of Yarra (Vic): $8.64 (Excludes $485k of external funding for a shared path)

–        Darebin (Vic): $5.16

Finally you would know that Maribyrnong has a cycling gender gap (only 26% of cyclists in Maribyrnong are women) and in general women are more sensitive to the absence of dedicated bike lanes. Women are an indicator species for cycling – when a route reaches parity between genders then the route is safe for cyclists generally. Thus the measures that promote cycling as a safe mode of transport for women should be a priority when considering the allocation of cycling funding.

I am hoping that there will be a coordinated response to this tragedy so I will be sending similar correspondence to the other City of Maribyrnong councillors, Wade Noonan, State Member for Williamstown and Luke Donellan, the Minister for Roads and Road Safety.

I look forward to receiving your response.

Thanks in advance


Joyce Watts

We need to talk about safe bike infrastructure and cycling deaths

I normally try to keep CycleStyle blog posts upbeat and positive. To spread the message that cycling is a convenient, healthy and fun way to get around.

However, I woke up this morning to this horrific news. A woman in her 30s was killed last night after being hit by a truck on the corner of Somerville Road and Whitehall Street, Yarraville. 

I cried at the gym while I was thinking about this woman and her family and friends.

I’m a woman cyclist in her 30s. I live in the inner west of Melbourne. I have often ridden past that corner of Somerville Road and Whitehall Street. I am really rattled to get on my bike today.

That woman could have been me. That woman could have been my two kids. 

So I feel compelled to be take action. The two roads in question are owned and managed by VicRoads and are located within the City of Maribyrnong. Whitehall Street has an off-street bike lane but at the intersection of Somerville Road cyclists are forced to share the road with a busy truck route with a desultory ‘bike lane’ marked by a white line. There is no physical barrier, no sharrows, no bollards, bike advance traffic signals or even green road paint.

This is not good enough. 

The research is unequivocal. Bikes, cars and especially trucks don’t mix well. Cyclists need protected bike lanes to be and feel safe. Build safe bicycle infrastructure and people will use it.

VicRoads know this. City of Maribyrnong know this. Their lack of action is due to lack of funding and lack of political will.

So this woman’s needless death is the time to make your voice heard. I urge you to write to:

Demand a coordinated team response to this tragedy. Demand more funding for bicycle infrastructure in the City of Maribyrnong from the council and from VicRoads. Given the projected population growth at Maribyrnong, both the state and local government need to step up its financial commitment to provide safe options for more people to cycle as a mode of transport.

I have posted a version of my emails to the various politicians here.

**UPDATE** A ride in memory of the cyclist Arzu Baglar has been organised for Monday 13 March 4:30pm by the advocacy and news group Cycle. I’ll be heading to this ride with my family so we can show the politicians that we need and demand action for safer cycling infrastructure in Melbourne’s west. Let’s show them some strength in numbers!

Ride with Joyce at Women of the World (WOW) Festival 2017

T Cavallaro and Sons Footscray

The Women of the World (WOW) Festival is coming to Melbourne for the first time on Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March. Footscray Community Arts Centre will come alive for the three-day festival celebrating women and exploring the remaining challenges to gender equality. With over 80 speakers, and 90 events happening in three days, the Melbourne festival is a not-to-be-missed celebration and a timely call to action.

Joyce Watts from CycleStyle will be leading FREE Pushy Women bike rides on Saturday 25 March! Discover diverse businesses run by Westie Women creators, makers and doers. The morning ride is especially for mums and bubs in a bike seat. Book now.

Check out the full program of conversations, music, film and performance, including free events and kid-friendly events. Here are some of the highlights:

Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March:

WOW Café – FREE curated program featuring festival highlights such as conversations, short talks and performances. You’ll also find the WOW Marketplace there with stalls by local designers, artists and makers, including CycleStyle.


Thursday 23 March – Friday 24 March:

Fluidity – FREE walk with local artist Chantal Wynter who will guide you to contemplate what is cherished in our society and what is discarded, and to examine how Footscray’s unique environs reflect these thoughts.


Saturday 25 March:

WOW kids – FREE workshops and games with 100 Story Building, The Stella Prize, Robogals, Women’s Circus and hula hoopers!

WOW Make Noise concert – FREE gig on the lush lawns of FCAC after the WOW Kids’ program. Featuring Sampa the Great, Mojo Juju, Electric Fields, The Black Sistaz, Sugar Fed Leopards, MzRizk and Thando. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music and the atmosphere!


CycleStyle x Habitots Pop Up Shop – Come and visit us in March!


Habitots is a gorgeous store in Albert Park full of retail inspiration for children and families as well as a party space and creative art studio.

habitots pop up shop

During March we’re excited to have a Pop Up Shop inside Habitots with some of our best-selling items for kids.

habitots pop up shop

You’ll find cute hand-painted Beep Bicycle Bells, Baby Nutty and Little Nutty Nutcase Helmets, practical Notabags for Kids, durable Italian-made handlebar windmills and hard-to-find kids wicker baskets.


While you’re at Habitots visit one of their classes, hang out in their playroom or enjoy the garden with sand pit and cubby house. And now for a limited time you can find the best kids cycling gear too!

CycleStyle x Habitots Pop Up Shop

1 March – 31 March 2017

146 Bridport St, Albert Park 03 9686 1312

Mon, Tues, Fri: 9am – 3pm

Wed, Thur: 9am – 4pm

Saturday 10am – 4pm


Amsterdam is providing floating bike parking

Oh Amsterdam, we’re so jealous.

The world’s cycling modal share leader is so overcrowded with bikes now that the challenge is now with parking.

Last year the city’s authorities reclaimed space occupied by 64,000 bikes chained to railings and lamp posts.

Now there are plans to add bike parking on the water with a series of pontoon bike docks, as well as excavating below the canals to create underground bike parking.

It is projected that by 2023 there will be 17,500 more bike parking spaces at Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, rising to 21,500 by 2030 when the bike pontoons are open.

To view the plans in full, click here.

Sydney Rides Challenge this March!

Sydney Rides Challenge is starting this March with the aim to encourage more people to get on bikes!

Celebrate the start of the challenge at a free breakfast in Prince Alfred Park or Observatory Hill on Wednesday 1 March.

Collect points  for every trip and for encouraging others to ride their bike.

You could be in the running for some fantastic prizes, including a trip to Croatia, new bikes and BridgeClimb tickets.

Register today and if you encourage another person to take part you could take home the top encourager trophy at the awards presentation in April.



Pushy Women West – free bike training in Braybrook

bike tours melbourne

If you are a woman from Melbourne’s West who wants to learn to ride a bike (or to get a refresher course on bike riding) then sign up to The Squeaky Wheel’s newest program PUSHY WOMEN WEST!

PUSHY WOMEN WEST is a FREE bicycle training program delivered by women for women from the Braybrook Community Hub in March 2017.

You don’t need to own a bike – a bike and all safety gear is provided for the training. Once you complete the program you receive a free second-hand bicycle and safety gear from The Squeaky Wheel and Footscray Rotary Bike Shed.

An Information session will be run on Wednesday 22 February, 10am at Braybrook Community Hub. If you can’t make it but want to join just contact The Squeaky Wheel.

Learn to Ride sessions held on Wednesdays, 1, 8, 15 and 22 March, 10am – 12pm. Ideally you should commit to all sessions in order to get the most out of it, but drop in ladies are welcome too.

Note that you will not be able to bring children to the sessions but at the end of the program The Squeaky Wheel will support woment o receive a child seat from the Footscray Rotary Bike Shed.

PUSHY WOMEN WEST is brought to you by City of Maribyrnong and with the kind support of Footscray Rotary Bike Shed.