2 Oct 2019
We were extremely lucky as the lovely clear blue skies from Saturday and a brief interruption of rain early Sunday morning that magically cleared just long enough between 8:00am - 2:00pm before returning latter in the afternoon.
At first we set up indoors within the Brunswick Cycling Clubrooms that was very cosy and protected from the the gusty winds.
People enjoyed a fine Genovese coffee carefully crafted by Agostino Giramondo, the President of Brunswick Cycling Club.
As the winds dissipated, we moved everything outdoors
We were very fortunate top have Cycles Galleria attending with Leena Kate-James and bicycle mechanic Kian Lerh-McKinnon who helped a steady stream of willing participants learning some new tips & tricks
Whether you had a big wheel or little wheels, everyone braved the wet roads and bike tracks to join our opening.
Agostino Giramondo, the President of Brunswick Cycling Club spoke about sharing similar values of people getting on bikes, whether you are wearing lycra or not.
That the velodrome was built ion the 1950's jas a training track for the 1956 Olympics with the club being formed in 1916.
The pavilion of the club is named after Alf Walker who was a junior but made his name as an official, some other notable members include Pop Stewart who never actually rode a bike but made a tremendous contribution to the sport. So be to be involved in the sport you just don't have to be a rider but have a love to watch people getting out there, being on bikes and having a great time.
It's a mental health machine
It gets you out and helps you forget about the stresses of life as its just you and the bike and we you add other people it does so much for your well being.
There is a junior clinic (from 6th October) with sometimes 70 - 80 kids with parents who are having a great time on the bike and 'you will understand that we don't take our selves too seriously, we don't have programs, if you enjoy the sport, you will continue to do it until you are too old not to'.
Spoke about growing up in West Gippsland in a family of 6 who taught each other to ride and remembers falling off many times in his front hard before getting his balance and riding outside of the house.
A growing city
An extra 50k people will move into the City of Moreland by 2026 which is creating lots of opportunities for businesses having more people coming to them. This also brings the challenges of an extra 32k motor vehicles or 34 MCG's worth of additional parking space or 70 Brunswick velodromes. This involved council spending 450k in developing their Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS) with it being adopted earlier this year.
People on foot, people on bikes and other wheeled vehicles that are not motorised (or have no throttle - E Bikes), Public transport followed by the car.
The biggest open space are the road ways being taking up by tarmac and concrete and mostly taken up by cars parking there taking up that valuable public space. It's about turning this public space into more community space, this includes temporary bike parking popups outside cafes and businesses.
Fortunately Moreland has some of the biggest uptake of commuting cycling in the city. That these types of rides are really important in supporting these initiatives and all of the stategic directions in getting people out and active, riding and sharing community.
Programs to get people on their bikes
A great community initiative is a local resident in John St Brunwick who recycles bikes and makes them freely available to borrow by signing in when you wish to to use them.
Also Moreland council is creating programs to get more women and children riding bikes, also with Neighbourly Ride partnering with Brunswick Cycling Club and local businesses, its about everyone working together.
Important safety Messages
The importance of wearing helmets in preventing acquired brain injury and wearing bright clothing, many people attending the ride had floor jackets, 'flouro is the new black'.
Creating awareness on shared paths by using the bike bell, or saying 'passing on your right' to let people know that you re passing other riders and pedestrians.
Who have generously supported us form the very beginning and their going commitment enables us to prosper
In supporting our printing requirements that keeps many poles & posts company at night
Cycles Galleria Brunswick
For bring their marquee, bike stand & tools, Leeana Kate-James (whom we are honoured for spending her 40th Birthday weekend with us) & Kian Lerh-McKinnon for looking after the riders bikes
Generously supplying 450g packets
For the bread & rolls, the underrated partner in any successful sausage sizzle
The Town Meatery
Providing yummy sausages
For the awesome coffee, we all love good coffee
Brunswick Cycling Club
For being our first Champion and Agostino Giramondo the President of Brunswick Cycling Club for believing in our little program
Moreland City Council
In helping to spread the word throughout the local community
For the Monopoly board game
For the generous restaurant voucher
Brunswick Cycling Club
For the great club caps and socks
Agostino Giramondo for believing in our ride and providing the Clubs support
Martin Bower for leading the inaugural ride & all of his support & the many volunteers from Brunswick Cycling Club
Deputy Lord Mayor Cr Mark Riley
For a passionate and informative speech on cycling in Moreland
MP Tim Read, local member for Brunswick
Who very generously supports so many community events
Who have generously supported our new location, we understand it's a tough time for small business and we really appreciate you getting behind