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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.


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.

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.

Jan Gehl in Melbourne on People, Places and Liveable Cities

Jan Gehl believes ‘A good city is like a good party. People stay longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.’

The hugely influential urbanist, architect and humanist was in Melbourne and I was lucky enough to be in the audience.

I am so engaged by his talk that I don’t bother trying to update social media with any of his insights. So here’s a selection of #melbconvo #jangehl tweets from the night to give you a flavour of his stories of a life of making our cities happier and more liveable.

People once said cycling couldn’t take off in Copenhagen. Then they decided to plan to make it happen. #melbconvo
“Modernism killed the people scale” #melbconvo#jangehl

Cycling in Melbourne when you’re a woman

Cyclestyle cargobike

Today the age ran an article entitled ‘Cycling is still a mostly male affair in Melbourne‘.

As a female cyclist in Melbourne, I’m hardly surprised.

The article points out that the average Melbourne cyclist – male, aged 36-45 – rides 5-10km for commuting or transport. They are comfortable riding with general traffic on the roads.

The biggest problem with cycling in Melbourne when you’re a woman is that the city’s network of bike paths don’t connect to each other and don’t go to the places that as a general rule, women need to go.

Women, if they are parents, are often the primary caregiver. That means that the most often used route is to and from school, kindergarten, daycare. In my case, my bike route involves crossing two major roads (both truck routes) and in some cases it means mounting the pavement to avoid the traffic.

Women in general still take on the bulk of the house duties. That means I need a convenient route to the local shops and services and a place to park my bike at the other end. The safety of the route is even more paramount as I often have my children tagging along to these shops and services.

I am not riding 5-10km a day. The maximum radius of most of my day to day life is about 3-4km. It’s a distance that’s too short for driving (plus the hassle of finding somewhere to park) but too long to walk if I have young children or groceries to carry.

A bike is the perfect solution, if only I didn’t have to mix with heavy traffic and to follow bike lanes that end abruptly and force me to complete my journey on the road.

At the moment, my biggest bugbear is travelling from Footscray onto the dedicated bike path along Dynon Road. The bike path is smooth, off road and sheltered – and hardly anyone uses it because it stops abruptly at the intersection of Kensington Road. To reach Footscray (and the rest of Melbourne’s inner west) there is a footpath and bridge that is like a narrow and uneven obstacle course. You cannot have two bikes easily pass along it, let along a cargo bike. Technically I’m not even supposed to be riding on the pavement as it’s illegal in Victoria.

As such I am forced onto Dynon Road because it is wide and smooth – and also full of trucks going 60km/hr. It is an extremely scary experience with children in the cargo bike and there is no way I’d let them ride alone on the road there. However, it’s the most direct route from the northern end of Footscray into the CBD and as long as I grit my teeth and bear the 1km of terror I can then rest easy on the bike path. I am very confident riding on the roads thanks to years of experience, but I am in the minority.

When you don’t have bike paths that go to where women need to go and bike paths that aren’t built in a safe manner where they’re protected from traffic, women won’t use bikes as their preferred mode of transport. Easy as that.

What are your thoughts on why cycling is still mostly a male affair in Melbourne?

Buon Appetito by Bike #2 with The Squeaky Wheel – Westie Women Food Rides in May

Ovest West Footscray

A very wet day didn’t deter a group of intrepid women joining us for another Westie Women food ride with The Squeaky Wheel.

The second edition of ‘Boun appetito by bike’ visited some slightly different venues to the previous ride as we celebrated everything Italian in the inner west with tour guide Joyce Watts of CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT.

First stop was Ovest for warming hot chocolates and potato doughnuts with chocolate mousse. Ovest were even kind enough to open up especially for us as they don’t usually trade during Saturday lunch times.

Ovest West Footscray

Second stop was Fox in the Corn for plates of steaming hot pasta. They even have bikes hung up as wall decoration so it’s the perfect stop for a bike tour!

Fox in the Corn Footscray

Last stop was T Cavallaro and Sons for an Italian (or technically Sicilian) sweet. Always a crowd favourite, their cannoli are the best in Melbourne.

T Cavallaro and Sons Footscray

The June rides are now open for bookings! If you’re a woman who lives, works or plays in Melbourne’s inner west join me for a 1.5 hour cycling tour of the best food in the area for only $15 (including tour and tastings).

Westie Women Food Rides are a Maribyrnong City Council Gender Equity Initiative. 

Buon Appetito by Bike with The Squeaky Wheel – Westie Women Food Rides in May

bike tours melbourne

The sun was shining yet again for our latest Westie Women food ride with The Squeaky Wheel.

bike tours melbourne

‘Boun appetito by bike’ celebrated everything Italian in the inner west with tour guide Joyce Watts of CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT.

bike tours melbourne

In the 1950s Footscray was a centre for Italian migrants. Sixty years later eleven female cyclists joined Joyce to experience how Italian cuisine has been reinterpreted for modern Australians with a three course meal by bike.

bike tours melbourne

First stop Ovest for charcuterie, cheese and breads.

bike tours melbourne

bike tours melbourne

Second stop Honeycomb Hideout for pizza and a group photo!

bike tours melbourne

bike tours melbourne

Last stop dessert at Slice Girls West.

bike tours melbourne

bike tours melbourne

Look out for booking information for the June rides soon!

Westie Women Food Rides are a Maribyrnong City Council Gender Equity Initiative. 

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.