Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

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?

Creative Kids Bike Parking Design Competition in Maribyrnong

Maribyrnong City Council Bike Parking Design competition

Maribyrnong City Council are inviting Primary and Secondary school students within the municipality to design a work of art that can function as a place to park their bike.

The winning designs will be installed within the City of Maribyrnong plus there are over $1,700 worth of prizes.

There are two major prizes to be won – one for Primary students and one for Secondary students – which consist of:

  • A brand new bike and bike accessory pack from Ted’s Cycles in Footscray and
  • A $250 voucher courtesy of Highpoint Shopping Centre

The Runner up in each category will also win a $250 Highpoint voucher.


Designs will be assessed on originality, aesthetic appeal, functionality as a bike rack and connection to Maribyrnong by a panel of expert judges including:

The competition is open to primary and secondary students (from Prep to Year 12) living or studying within the City of Maribyrnong.

Students may enter online or fill out the official promotional flyer, located at select cafes, shops and libraries around the City and send in by mail or deliver in person to Council.

The competition opened on Tuesday 26 April and runs until 5pm Friday 10 June.

Click here for full Competition Terms & Conditions and Privacy Collection Statement.

Chalktrail for bikes and scooters – creative fun on your bike

Watch the Chalktrail in action!

Chalktrail installation instructions

She Spoke Bike Festival by City of Port Phillip – Kids and Family Events

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From March to May City of Port Phillip is presenting She Spoke – Southside Women on WheelsShe Spoke is a festival of rides, workshops and special events celebrating women on bikes, plus they have a series of family-friendly events for kids too. 


Pushy Women Excursion – A Mother Daughter Sisterhood Ride

Sunday 9 March, 2-4.30pm
Starting at Elwood Primary School Scott St, Elwood
$15, book at

Good2Go Course for kids

T uesday, 8 April, W ednesday 9 April, 9am-1pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
Full $25, Conc. $5, book at
A two day course of fun bike training, teaching skills children need to be confident travellers.

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National Ride2School Day

Wednesday, 14 March
Celebrated at schools across Port Phillip, more info
National Ride2School Day is about celebrating active travel within the school day and encouraging those who haven’t started to give it a go.

Cargo Bike Family Picnic

Sunday 27 April, 11am-2pm
Edwards Park, 219 Esplanade East, Port Melbourne
Free, turn up or book
Join us for a family picnic. Test some really practical cargo bikes and meet other cargo bike riders.

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Wheelie Workshop for kids

Saturday 3 May, 9-11am
Bubup Nairm Family and Children’s Centre, 99B Carlisle Street, St Kilda
$5 per child, book at
Bike fun for kids with bicycle doctors, bike decorating workshop and a bike runway.

Fix a Flat

Saturday 12 April, 10am-1pm
Back2Bikes@The B2B Garages, 525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne
Full $10, Conc. free, book at
Hosted by Back2Bikes
Mechanics from Back2Bikes will teach you how to fix a flat tyre and maintain your chains and gears.

Kids Wicker Basket on a trike

One of our customers, a photographer, shared this gorgeous photo of her daughter  modelling the kids wicker basket on her trike. Too cute!

Morning commute with Dad, director of Environmental Film Festival Melbourne

Our photo for Day 3 of our Fathers Day Countdown is of Nicholas Aberle, the director of the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne (4-9 September 2012).

Here he is with his child on his morning commute via their Gazelle Cabby! The bike gets a lot of use – weekdays for the childcare run and weekends when they go grocery shopping at CERES.


Giveaway! Kids Wicker Basket on Veggie Mama

One of our favourite magazines is Peppermint, a green fashion and lifestyle magazine celebrating eco and ethical style with a fun, fresh, intelligent and positive spin.

Imagine our delight when a recent issue featured a chic cyclist on the cover. Not just any cyclist, but a blooming, pregnant Stacey from the wonderful vegetarian/craft/general loveliness blog Veggie Mama

Over at Veggie Mama this week we are giving away a Kids Wicker Basket. The baskets are made from treated wicker by workers in Poland and are cute as a button. Plus they slip on and off the handlebars easily which means that when your little one arrives at their destination they can carry their own gear – whether it be their lunchbox, their book or their ball.

Feel free to enter the competition but do make sure you sit down with a cup of tea and take some time to dip into the wonderful world of Veggie Mama.



ByK Bike at Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention

Our favourite English claymation characters Wallace and Gromit are in Melbourne for a cracking exhibition at Scienceworks.

If you haven’t been to Scienceworks since you were in school, now is the time to go – it’s fun for young and old and the exhibition celebrates inventiveness and innovation.  

Interspersed with the very cool Wallace and Gromit displays is really interesting information about many Australian inventions such as plastic money,  the Victa lawn mower and Melbourne’s very own ByK kids bike.

A child’s bike is not simply an adult bike made small. Adult bicycles are made with speed and comfort in mind, while for a child ease and stability are more important. So Warren Key redesigned his kids bike with a lower frame (lower centre of gravity), larger wheels and lighter components (easier to push). 

It’s great to see Australian inventiveness celebrated as part of a world-class touring exhibition!

PS If you want to win tickets to visit the Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention exhibition at Scienceworks, on from 19 May to 11 November, click here.



The great things about cycling with your kids is that you get to chat about all the things you see along the way.

And look! This stylish mum is wearing a Nutcase Modern Dots helmet.

Spotted on the Capital City trail, Melbourne.

Winter riding with the kids

Snow and cold won’t stop this mum and her kids going out of the bike. Look at their sunny smiles!

via Momentum

Out shopping

Stephanie cycles with her Gazelle Cabby to do her weekly shop at the CERES organic market, bringing her daughter along for the ride. A happy and healthy family!

Taking the scenic route with Mum

This week on the blog we’re celebrating mums on bikes in honour of Mothers Day this Sunday 13 May.

Love this photo of a mum (dressed in a fabulous dress and heels) taking her kids home via the scenic route. You can read an interview with her at Momentum.

Mums on bikes – Flower Power

This week on the blog we’re celebrating mums on bikes taking over the world!

Today we meet Abby and her son, who’s sporting a Nutcase Flower Power helmet. He loves cycling with his mum and even knows how to ring the bell!

Thanks for the lift Mum

From today till Mothers Day next Sunday 13 May we will be celebrating mums on bikes on the blog. 

Mums need to get around even when it’s a rainy day. This family was snapped by BikeNYC. Kids look quite cosy, don’t they!

 Also read our latest enewsletter entitled Thanks for the lift Mum with some great Mothers Day gift ideas. 

Where to ride, play and eat with your tot in Melbourne

Baby brand Baby Bunting asked me to write a guest post for their Facebook page as part of a series called “The Nappy Diaries”.

The guest posts are all written by young parents to share their experiences with the Baby Bunting Facebook community. Previous topics have included eating out with kids and express beauty tips for busy mothers.

My contribution is a perfect amalgamation of my interests – Melbourne, babies, cycling, fun things to do around town and places to eat out. Entitled ‘Where to ride, play and eat with your tot‘ I decided to do a slightly different take on the ‘places to go and things to do with kids’ angle as I’ve picked out places based on whether they are accessible by bike.

Have a read of our guest post here. The post doesn’t include any of the links so for ease of reference here are all the places linked for you:

What are your tips on where to ride, play and eat with your tot?