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Electric Vehicle Festival

Posted in Events, Movements by EcoCentre on February 18th, 2013

24 February , 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

EV fest st kilda

EcoCentre is all charged up about hosting an EV Festival in St Kilda on Sunday 24 Feb.

Here’s your chance to test drive a range of electric cars and cool E-bikes (pre-registration necessary for cars). Get up close and personal with low-emissions motoring and easy cycling technology – the future of private transport. Let’s embrace EV’s in urban Melbourne, like so many other parts of the globe that are striving for healthier cities.

Experts will give short talks at the Festival on related topics such as:
-How to recharge an electric vehicle for free using solar panels
-How to get your head around technology issues, including range, speed, charging and so on
-Pricing and trends

Register in advance for a test drive of an electric car at: .  Like our EV Festival Facebook site to go in the draw for a ride in a Tesla Roadster (pictured).

Where: Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
When: Sunday 24 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Enquiries: 9534 0670

Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards: Nominations open

Posted in Policies, Research, Seeking by cyclingpromotionfund on December 8th, 2011

Winners - Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards 2010

Winners - Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards 2010

There is one month to go to nominate our local cycling individuals and communities to be acknowledged for their efforts in the 10th Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards.  Maybe you know of a local advocate, bike shop, school, educational institution, or bicycle-friendly local business that promotes cycling and goes that extra mile. Or have you been to an inspirational cycling event that deserves recognition.  The Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Canberra in early 2012 that will attended by federal politicians and representatives from national organisations and peak bodies in health, transport and the bicycle industry.

Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards Nominations
Awards nominations can be made online or via a form downloaded from:  Please contact the Cycling Promotion Fund on (03) 9863 8646 or email if you have any additional questions about making a   nomination.

Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards Categories

  • Professional of the Year Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Cycling Organisation Achievement Award
  • Local Government Achievement Award
  • Educational Institution Achievement Award
  • Cycling Friendly Business Award
  • Contribution by a Politician Award
  • Bicycle Retailer Achievement Award
  • National Media Achievement Award
  • Special Initiative or Event to Promote Cycling Award

Application forms and entry must be lodged by the closing date of 5pm, Friday 14th December 2011.

Cycling for Sustainability: Otesha Trivia & Dinner Night

Posted in Events by Otesha on August 16th, 2010

The Otesha Project (Australia): Cycling for Sustainability is a not-for-profit organisation that offers bicycle tours and educational programs to engage youth about sustainable consumption. Using theatre, multimedia, and interactive workshops, Otesha (Aust.)’s creative focus provides a unique approach to understanding environmental and social justice issues, enabling youth to become role models and sustainability advocates.

Our first fundraising event for our 2011 tour is going to be just as creative and fun. No ordinary trivia night, trivia, Otesha style, will be interactive, and targeting all kinds of thinkers; so grab four to five mates, think up a name, and secure a starting place among a host of other trivia loving, bike riding peeps. There’ll be a prize for the winning team as well as a lucky door prize. We’ll have a raffle on the night for some cycling related gear and you’ll be able to purchase some home made treats. Trivia is compulsory, dinner is optional; but once you step through the door and smell our amazing pizzas and vegetarian curry you’ll be watering at the mouth and wishing your stomach wasn’t full! There’ll also be yummy drinks like organic chai and also some locally brewed beer and organic wine – by donation.

Raising Funds for: The Capital City Tour: Melbourne to Canberra 2011

When: Friday 3rd September 2010

Time: 6.30pm – late

Where: Loophole Community Centre, 670 High St, Thornbury

Cost: $10 for Trivia; $10 for dinner and a drink

RSVP: Kate – or Vanessa –

Please visit for more details about our program and our Capital City Tour.

Sustainability Workshops Facilitator (Volunteer)

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 13th, 2009

Source: Ethical Jobs


The ‘Otesha Project: Cycling for Sustainability’ is a non-profit organisation that offers bicycle tours and education programs to engage young people about sustainable consumption. Using theatre, multimedia, and interactive workshops, Otesha’s creative focus provides a unique approach to understanding environmental and social justice issues, encouraging young people to become role models and sustainability advocates.  Our new program for Melbourne high schools delivers sustainability workshops to middle school students and aims to increase awareness and inspire them to take action. Our workshops use experiential education techniques to encourage critical thinking and active learning. They are designed to be interactive, engaging and fun. We currently offer four workshops topics climate change, food, consumerism and fair trade.

To ensure this program is sustainable we need assistance. We are looking for a volunteer to work closely with the program coordinator to help promote the program to schools and source workshop bookings, prepare educational materials and resources, help deliver workshops and provide follow up support to students and teachers.  Ideally this person will live in Melbourne and be able to give a half a day to a full day (preferably Monday or Wednesday) to the role. The funky volunteer would have good organisational skills, an understanding of environmental and social justice issues, experience or interest in sustainability education and confidence in presenting to groups of young people would be an advantage.

Applications close: 05 December, 2009.

For more information,  visit Ethical Jobs or contact Anna Haygreen at

Free Seminar for Workplaces: Encouraging Cycling Makes Good Business Sense

Posted in Events by cyclingpromotionfund on July 10th, 2009

CyclingToWork-1Interested in encouraging active and healthy lifestyles, improving staff morale, managing parking demand and reducing the environmental footprint of your company or organisation? 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to gain practical advice and information on innovative policies and practices used by companies to encourage staff to cycle.

Topics covered: 

  • Travel Planning: How to do it and why (Department of Transport, Sustainable Transport Branch)
  • End of trip facilities for bicycles: From planning to maintenance (National Australia Bank)
  • Encouragement and incentives: Policies and guidelines which work (City of Yarra)
  • Cycling as a tool for team building and improving staff morale (Superpartners)
  • Setting up a bicycle fleet (Cycling Promotion Fund)

This seminar is held as part of the Ausbike Trade Show which is only open to members of the bicycle industry. Participants of the seminar will gain exclusive access to the Ausbike Trade Show to check out the newest bicycles, accessories and cycling gear.

  • When: Monday 17 August 2009, 8:00 am – 9:00 am,  Followed by a tour of the Ausbike Trade Show
  • Where: Exhibition Pavillion, Melbourne Show Grounds, Epson Road, Ascot Vale
  • Cost: FREE
  • Limited places available so registration is essential. 
  • RSVP: By Monday 10 August 2009
  • Contact Kathy & Chris at the Cycling Promotion Fund, E: T: (03) 9818 5400 
  • Download the seminar flyer (PDF file, 260kb) 

The Commonbike Model – Can we borrow your legs for three weeks?

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on May 12th, 2009

Bicycle sharing is a public system of transport using a collective of bicycles: Bicycle stations are placed throughout a city where for a small fee you can rent a bicycle, ride it, utilize it, enjoy it, then return it to the same or a different station convenient to your use and location. (Common Bike)

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Melbourne’s sustainable transport: cycling

Posted in Visions by Ferne Edwards on January 17th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #42, 15 January 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar,

Sustainable Transport: Cycling
“The number of cyclists entering central Melbourne has doubled in the past year, according to the first comprehensive study of cycling in the City of Melbourne. [The] inaugural Bicycle Account summarises cycling trends, behaviour and safety in the CBD and inner suburbs.

A copy of the account obtained by The Age shows:
♦ Cyclists account for 8 per cent of all trips in the morning peak, up from 4 per cent last year.
♦ On-road cycling increased by 10 per cent and off-road by 20 per cent.
♦ Cyclists make up 22 per cent of traffic on St Kilda Road.

The number of cycling accidents is also decreasing. In 2005, there were 155 crashes, dropping to 146 in 2006. In the year so far, only 46 road crashes have been recorded. Crash figures could be much higher as many incidents go unreported or police are unable to prosecute because cyclists have been thrown from their bikes and cannot identify other vehicles involved.

But only 46 per cent of cyclists surveyed in the data said they felt safe riding in the City of Melbourne and 41 per cent said cyclists observed road rules. Lord Mayor John So said cycling had become a preferred mode of traffic in the CBD. ‘More than half of cyclists surveyed for this initiative described Melbourne as a cycle-friendly city. We want to ensure that even more cyclists share that view in the future, he said.

Ref: Stephen Moynihan and David Rood The Age 17/10/07

Republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #42, 15 January 2008.

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