BayWest BUG is a Bicycle Users Group covering the City Council areas of Hobsons Bay, Wyndham and Maribyrnong.

Our easy-going group is made up of riders of a certain age where lycra is accepted but largely shunned.  Our emphasis is on friends, fitness and fun.  The social side is as important to us as the exercise with all rides stopping for coffee, cake and conversation.

We concentrate on attractive and interesting rides that are generally undemanding and are paced appropriately for the group riding on the day – we are yet to lose anyone!  

We have a variety of rides shared between the local area and the trails around Melbourne (using the Metro to start from the CBD).  On average our rides are long enough to feel the exercise has been worthwhile but short enough to have been a pleasant experience; generally between 30 to 40 kms.  However, nothing is set in concrete and, so, rides will be adjusted to respond to demand; some shorter and others more challenging.

Our local routes generally are loop rides and start from the Altona Pier and will transit to such places as; Williamstown, Newport, Footscray, Yarraville, Hoppers Crossing, Werribee, Werribee Park, Point Cook and the Point Cook Coastal Park and the Homestead.  Road use is possible but is largely avoided in preference to trails and paths.  Fortunately, we are blessed with some beautiful water stretches, such as; the Coastal Path, the Werribee River, Skeleton Creek, Laverton Creek, Kororoit Creek and the Maribyrnong River.  One of our City rides takes us along the coast to Mordialloc but, equally, we enjoy the Yarra River and its many offshoots.

We encourage potential members to join us on a couple of rides to see whether our Group is the right one for you before committing yourself. There is no charge for this but there are minimum requirements (see Rides).

We enjoy social evenings once every second month where we meet for a meal and a chat.  Once or twice a year we drive further afield for an overnight getaway permitting two days of riding on bike/ rail trails of outstanding beauty. The BUG has an affiliation with the Friends of Skeleton Creek where we share excursions to areas of common interest and, in the process, continue to expand our network of friends.

On that friendly basis, we look forward to welcoming you to the BayWest BUG.

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