Ardeer Bike Park
In keeping with the goal to improve cycleability, CycleCityWest is working in partnership with the City of Brimbank to construct an icon community bike park at Ardeer that will make Melbourne’s west a key destination for cycling enthusiast. The facilities being proposed at Ardeer will fill a gap in the provision of competitive and recreational cycling facilities in Melbourne. The following facilities are being proposed:
- A one kilometre long and eight metre wide criterium circuit
- A small single track cross country Mountain Bike circuit
- A recreation or competition BMX track
- Dirt jumps/pump track
- A cycling education centre made from shipping containers
- Significant tree planting
- Rehabilitation and extension of remnant grassland.
The estimated costs for the implementation of the draft Master Plan is about $4.6million. Funding will be raised through Ride West our community fun rides and sought from State and Federal agencies and other key stakeholders in order to proceed with the project. More information about this community initiative is available here.
Main Outfall Sewer (MOS) Easement and Federation Trail
The Main Outfall Sewer (MOS) was originally constructed in 1893, and then decommissioned in 1993 following the construction of the Western Trunk Sewer. It runs from Brooklyn to Werribee and comprises sections of open concrete lined channel and covered sections of brick lined concrete constructed through relatively flat terrain. Currently the ownership of the MOS reserve (approx. 40 metres wide) has been transferred from Melbourne Water to Vic Roads for use as a bike path (Federation Trail), however Melbourne Water retained ownership of the MOS infrastructure which is also protected under the Heritage Act 1995. CycleCityWest has been working with Melbourne Water and other stakeholders on a project to develop MOS and the reserve along its route as a linear parkland. CycleCityWest wants the bike path to be retained and upgraded to a world standard regional bike link. We believe the MOS project provides a unique opportunity to support active safe transport and with innovative urban design and landscaping could establish a status to match projects like New Yorks Highline.
CycleCityWest is hosting Ride West on behalf of Greening the West on Labour Day Weekend. Ride West includes a 40 Km community bike ride and 115 Km challenge. Ride West aims to promote cycling as an accessible activity for people of all ages and abilities. Ride West raises funds for the Western Health Foundation and Greening the West projects such as Ardeer Bike Park and MOS Federation Bike Trail. More information about Ride West and Ride West registrations can be found here.
Cycling Team Scholarships
CycleCityWest provides six $5,000 full scholarships and ten $2,500 half scholarships to help young cyclists purse an elite cycling career. The scholarships help each cyclist fund purchase of cycling equipment, event entries, and expenses while travelling away from home. Scholarship holders ride as a team in both Victorian and Australian National cycling events. More information about the 2015 team and race reports can be found here. Cyclists interested in applying for a scholarship can do so here.