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 interested in fun, friends, and coffee, we do two social rides per month, suitable for most abilities. For the lycra-clad road warrior, we will do monthly road rides in the western suburbs if members are interested.

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15 May 2016. Social ride – Altona to Ascot Vale.

Meet at Altona Pier @ 10.00 am from where we follow the Hobsons Bay Trail until we turn up Maddox Rd and ride to Newport along Market St. From Newport we ride along Hall St, down Craig St to Spotswood and onto the Bay Trail again. We follow the Maribyrnong River trail through Yarraville, Footscray, and Maidstone. At Pipemakers Park we cross over the Maribyrnong River and ride the back streets to Union Road, Ascot Vale, where we stop at a café for lunch. Our return trip back to Altona will be approximately 42 km.

Contact – John Dawes [0408 663 376].

20 May 2016. BayWest BUG dinner – Stellas.

The next social event for 2016 will be held on Friday 20th May at 7pm at Stella’s, http://www.stellapizza.com.au/. It is BYO wine and also licensed and not just pizza. Booking for 14 has been made but final numbers are required no later than Tuesday 17th May. Book via Facebook, SMS or email. Please also bring sufficient cash/change to pay for your meal as there are no split bills or cash/card combos. Prices are very reasonable and portion sizes are generous.
Contact – Carol [0422 054 660].

29 May 2016. Social ride – Heidelberg to Eltham.

Meet at Flinders Street Station, near the information desk @ 10.00am to catch the 10.18am train to Heidelberg. You will need to catch the 9.02am from Altona. We the ride down Yarra Street to the Main Yarra Trail, or for those who need immediate coffee we can divert to one of the coffee shops on nearby Burgundy Street. Alternatively a fix can be had at Flinders Street Station while waiting for our connecting service. From Heidelberg we cycle along the Yarra Trail, through the City of Banyule, following the river past wetlands and a picturesque view of Finns Reserve to Westerfolds Park. We follow the trail near the river through Westerfolds, crossing a newish bridge before heading to Eltham. There are two or three lunch spots in Eltham, or just north, to choose from, or alternatively for a longer ride, we can continue on the track to Diamond Creek, lunching there or returning to Eltham. Return home by train from Eltham or cycle back to Heidelberg. Distance from Heidelberg to Eltham is 15km (30km return). Extension to Diamond Creek is a further 12km return. The trail includes some modest hills. Some of the trail is not sealed; suitable tyres are a requirement.

Please keep an eye on the details for this ride, meeting point may change.

Contact – Peter [0419 257 922].

8 April 2016. BUG dinner – Wild Rice Williamstown.

Our next BUG dinner will be at 7.00pm @ Wild Rice Thai Restuarant, 11 Ferguson Street, Williamstown. For those that haven’t enjoyed a meal with us here before, check out their website at http://www.wildricerestaurant.com.au/. Please let Kristine know if you will be joining us asap, either via Facebook, SMS or email, this is a popular restaurant and late comers may miss out.

Contact – Kristine [0425 739 011].

10 April 2016. Social ride – Altona Pier to Seddon.

Meet at Altona Pier at 10.00am from where we will ride to Seddon along the Bay Trail via Williamstown and Yarraville. We will have brunch/lunch in Seddon before riding back to Altona. Approximately 40kms.

Contact – Mary C [0412 848 067].

24 April 2016. Social ride – Altona to Kensington.

Meet at the Altona Pier @ 10:00am for a new ride to Kensington. This ride follows the bay around towards the Maribyrnong River, and then follows the river crossing over at Newells Paddock just before the Princes Highway. We soon leave the shared trail and follow quiet roads to Kensington Station. We will have a number of coffee shops to consider here. The return to Altona will be approximately 48Kms with the option to return by train to Newport or Williamstown.

Contact – Lori. [0448 552 353].

30 April – 1 May 2016. Social ride – Bellarine Peninsula weekend.

For our weekend on the peninsula we will base ourselves in Queenscliff from where we plan to ride to Geelong and back on Saturday along the Bellarine Rail Trail

https://www.railtrails.org.au/trail-descriptions/victoria/melbourne-metropolitan?view=trail&id=139 . This will be a 70km return trip but full details are still to be confirmed. Sunday we have options for shorter rides, possibly St Leonards to Portarlington or Queenscliff to Point Lonsdale. These will be decided on the day.

Contact – Ken [0412 373 017].

Sunday 6 March 2016. Social ride – Spotswood to Ceres.

This morning we will meet by the Westgate Punt, Spotswood at 9.00am to ride along the Bay Trail to connect with the trail along Footscray Road before changing to the Capitol City Trail and onto the Ceres Community Environment Park http://littleeats.com.au/melbourne/review/ceres-cafe/ for lunch. From Ceres we have the option of catching a train home from Rushall station or riding back to Spotswood.

Contact – John. [0408 663 376].

Sunday 20 March 2016. Social ride – Altona to Essendon.

Meet at the Altona Pier at 9.30am from where we follow the bay to Williamstown and the Yarra River. Further north we find ourselves riding along the Maribyrnong River Trail to Maribyrnong Road where we can cross the river or continue another 3 Km’s to cross. Lunch is planned at the Boathouse Café in Essendon http://www.theboat-house.com.au/ from where we can enjoy the views over the river. We return back along the paths to Altona, however Moonee Ponds station is only 2 Km’s away for anyone not wishing to ride the full ride of approximately 60 Km’s.

Contact – Lori [0448 552 353].