BayWest BUG is a Bicycle User Group covering the area of City of Hobsons Bay and City of Wyndham. We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving local conditions for cyclists.

For the path pedaller 18 years and older interested in fun, friends, and coffee, we usually do two social rides per month, suitable for most abilities.

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Friday 2 December 2016 – BayWest BUG end of year Christmas dinner.

To celebrate the end of another fun year of riding and socialising, join the BayWest BUG at 7.00pm @ the Kooringal Golf Club, Wilga Avenue, Altona for our final dinner for 2016. We have visited here before but if you want more details have a look at: http://www.kooringalgolf.com.au/cms/weddings-functions/restaurant/ . So that we can finalise numbers, please accept via Facebook, email or SMS to Kristine no later than 28 November.

Contact – Kristine [0425 739 011]

Sunday 4 December 2016. Social Ride – Williamstown to Carlton.

Ride cancelled.

Meet at the Information Centre Nelson Place Williamstown @ 10.00am to follow the trail along the river to the Footscray Road and Capitol City trails. From here it’s a short trip into the Carlton/North Melbourne area for lunch. Return back to Williamstown after lunch.

Contact – Peter. [0419 257 922]

Sunday 11 December 2016. Social Ride – Altona to Williamstown.

Another BUG year is coming to an end so it is once again time to pack your gourmet sandwich and your picnic rug for our annual “Picnic in the Park” ride. We will ride from the Altona Pier starting at 10.00am to Williamstown for a picnic in the park. We will follow the Bay Trail through Altona, arriving at the Information Centre, Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown at approximately 11.15am where we will spread out our picnic rugs and dine.

Anyone wishing to meet us at Williamstown for lunch is also most welcome. If you intend to meet us anywhere other than the start, please let me know so I can keep an eye out so we don’t miss you. [Approx. 25kms].

Contact – Mary C [0412 848 067]

Friday 23 December 2016. Social ride – Altona/Altona Meadows Christmas Lights Ride.

We will meet at a location to be decided @ 9.00pm and ride through the streets of Altona and/or Altona Meadows visiting the Christmas lit homes. Be sure to have Christmas lights on your bike! Also, please make sure your front and back lights are working as well.

Contact – John D [0408663376]

Saturday 31 December 2016. Social night ride – New Year’s Eve Fireworks.

Meet at the Altona Pier @ 9.00pm from where we ride to Williamstown to watch the fireworks from The Strand. Don’t forget to charge your bike lights or have new batteries for the ride home. Maybe also take along a snack to enjoy during the night.

Contact – Lori [0448 552 353]

The rides program for January – March 2017 is now available. We are pleased to announce there are 10 rides scheduled for the period.

The program broadly conforms to the style of rides suggested by the recent poll of BUG members – there are a mix of rides in terms of the locality, the distance and the terrain.

The practice of scheduling two Sunday rides per month continues, with additional rides being scheduled on other days.  We will track the uptake of various rides and fine tune accordingly for rides later in the year.

Sunday 22 January 2017. Social ride – Altona Pier to Sanctuary Lakes

Meet at Altona Pier at 10 a.m. and follow the Bay Trail West through the Cheetham Wetlands to the bridge over Skeleton Creek and then to Sanctuary Lakes. Lunch at Waterstone Café. Return by the same route.

Easy approx. 20km. Some roads to Waterstone Café.

Contact – Lori [0448 552 353]

Sunday 5 February 2017. Social ride – Dights Falls

Meet at Flinders Street Station (information kiosk) at 10a.m. and ride along the Main Yarra Trail. Early lunch at the Convent Bakery, Lentil as Anything, or the Farm Café. Continue on to Dights Falls, and return via Merri Creek Trail, Capital City Trail, and Bay Trail to Newport.

Approx. 35km. Medium. One set of steps to push bikes down.

Alternative: train home from Victoria Park or Rushall stations.

Contact – Lori [0448 552 353]

Friday 10 February 2017. Social ride – Moonee Ponds Trail

Meet at Newport (east side of station) at 10a.m. From Newport, head toward city on Bay Trail. Follow the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail from the start to meet with Ring Road Trail. Return by train from Jacana station. Lunch at Le Jolie Café or Ferrovia, Pascoe Vale. Could reverse direction if winds are northerly.

Medium. Approx. 35km.

Contact – Peter [0419 257 922]

Wednesday 15 February 2017. Social ride – Kororoit Creek Trail and Sunshine Path

Meet at Altona Pier at 9.30a.m. From Pier Street, head to Cherry Lake and the Federation Trail via Chambers Road. Take the Federation Trail to meet the Kororoit Creek Trail to Sunshine. Connect with the path at Sunshine Station, heading to Middle Footscray Station, then on bike lanes through Footscray to the Bay Trail, and back to Altona. Coffee and lunch options at Sunshine and Footscray.

Medium. Approximately 45km loop. Mostly bike path, with short sections on roads at Sunshine and Footscray (on Millers Road, we’ll take the footpath).

Contact – John S. [0435 768 777]

Sunday 19 February 2017. Social ride – Altona Pier to Anglers Tavern

Meet at Altona Pier at 9.30a.m., and ride the Bay Trail to Shepherd’s Bridge and onto the Maribyrnong Trail to Anglers Tavern. Return by the same route.

Easy. Approx. 45km.

Contact – John D. [0408 663 376]

Saturday 25 February 2017. Social ride – Ruffey Lake Park

Meet at Newport Station platform 1 at 9.45a.m. and train to Heidelberg (approx. 1 hour), ride Main Yarra Trail to Finns Reserve, cross the Yarra to the Ruffey Creek Trail, following it through Templestowe and Doncaster to the Koonung Creek Trail. Return along the Koonung Creek Trail to Heidelberg, and train home. Keen riders can ride on if they wish. Coffee at Melissas in Templestowe (the original?), lunch in North Balwyn.

Approximately 35km circuit. Medium. Some hills, and a short road section. Option to start earlier if hot.

Contact – Peter [0419 257 922]

Sunday 5 March 2017. Social Ride – Two Creeks

Meet at Newport Station platform 1 at 9.45a.m. and train to Darebin station (approx. 55min), roll down Heidelberg Road a few hundred metres to start the Darebin Trail. Follow the trail north along the picturesque creek approximately 15km to the Ring Road Trail, head west a few kilometres to pick up the Merri Creek Trail. Follow this even more delightful trail south past Coburg Lake to Ceres for lunch (approx. 30km from start). Continue on Merri Creek Trail a few kilometres to Rushall station to return home, or for those wishing to continue, pick up the Capital City Trail, then onto the Bay Trail and home, a further 15km to Newport.

Bail out points from the Merri Trail to Batman or other stations on the Upfield line. Option to start earlier if hot.

Medium. 35 or 50km.

Contact – Peter [0419 257 922]

Wednesday 15 March 2017. Mullum Mullum Valley

Meet at Newport Station platform 1 at 9.00a.m. and train to Ringwood (approx. 1.5 hours). Ride through the delightful Mullum Mullum Valley, onto the Koonung Trail, and then to the Main Yarra Trail to the city. Return via train from Flinders Street, or at Dights Falls ride home via Merri Creek and Capital City Trails. Plenty of lunch options along the way.

Approx. 40km to Newport. Hard – a steep hill or two in the Mullum Mullum Valley.

Contact – Peter [0419 257 922]

Sunday 19 March 2017. Social ride – Flinders Street to Brighton loop

Meet at Flinders Street Station (information kiosk) at 10a.m. Take the Sandridge Rail Trail to Port Melbourne, the Bay Trail east, and then onto the Elwood Canal (Elster Creek) Trail to the Nepean Highway. Follow the path adjacent to the highway to Dendy Street and return to the Bay Trail, and then back to Flinders Street. Stops at Walnut Cake Shop and Bakery and/or along the Bay Trail.

Approx. 35km. Easy.

Contact – Lori [0448 552 353]

 Monday 27 March 2017. Social ride – Hoppers Crossing to Werribee Mansion Loop

Meet at Hoppers Crossing Station at 10a.m. Head north then west, following Hoppers Crossing Drain Path through Tarneit to Werribee River Path, and on to Werribee Mansion. Return to Hoppers Crossing via Federation Trail.

Easy. Approx. 35km, some local roads in Tarneit.

Contact – Anthony [0400 138 749]