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March Meeting (Note new venue)

The next Moreland BUG meeting will be held on Thursday 27th of March at the Victoria Hotel (380 Victoria Street, Brunswick – in the dining room).

The meeting goes from 7:00 till 9:00pm. Food and drinks can be purchased there. Members and guests are welcome!

Note that meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month except December.

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Moreland BUG AGM: 24 October 2013

The upcoming Annual General Meeting is this Thursday, the 24th of October 2013, at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel (681 Sydney Road, Brunswick).
This year we are going to split the meeting in two parts. The first part deals with the ordinary business and in the second part we will have a guest speaker. Feel free to come to either both parts or just the one of your choosing. Finger-food will be provided.
Here is the Agenda for the evening: 

Part 1 – Ordinary Business (7 -7.30 pm)

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Convenor’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Confirmation of AGM 2012 minutes
  6. Election of the new Committee of Management
– Break – 

Part 2 – Guest Speaker Paul McKay on Cycling from Brunswick to Coburg (7.45 pm)

Paul will tell us of his epic week long pedal from Brunswick to Coburg.  He will bring along his full size folding Montague and the worlds biggest pannier that he used – the Arkel-tt84 (as in 84 liters – that’s more the twice the puny 40 liters of an Ortlieb back roller).  You’ll meet characters such as Caroline of Brunswick, Alfred of Saxe Coburg (‘Affie’ to his mates) and Queen Adelaide and learn how German the Royal Family of the House of Coburg-Saxe and Gotha is (renamed Windsor after the Great War).  And you will learn how it was that Coburg and Brunswick got their names and how King Edward VII was 31/32ths German.  Oh and you might have guessed that there was no Upfield Bikeway.

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MoreArt Sound Ride: Sunday 13 October

Join this sound supported ride along the Upfield train line: get your bike tuned while we have a chat to the great people at Commuter Cycles and then pedal power with Cargone Couriers’ fine selection of mobile sound! We’re taking in all artworks of MoreArt 2013, stopping for a chat with exhibiting artists and finish up at Brunswick’s new social hotspot The Howler for some more fresh beats and a beer or two.

Starting 2.30pm at Coburg Station, Coburg

Finishing at 5pm at The Howler, 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick

Cost: Free

More info at:


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MoreArt Welcome Ride: Sunday 6th October

Celebrate the launch of the MoreArt Public Art event with a guided bicycle tour along the Upfield train line, stopping by at our new friends on the bike path, independent bike shop Jetnikoff.

Participating artists will be on hand to discuss their works on site, we take a stroll around the RMIT-Artland installations and the ride will conclude at MoreArts launch party at the Mechanics Institute Brunswick.  Stick around for some complimentary nibbles and a drink to quench your thirst, accompanied by quirky-folk West Brunswick tunes from Susy Blue. 

Starting 12.30pm at Coburg Station, Coburg

Finish 3pm at Mechanics Institute, Brunswick.

Cost: Free 

More details at:

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Sydney road street party stall

A reminder to all that this Sunday (3rd) the Sydney Road street party is happening.

Anyone available is encouraged to help out at our stall during the afternoon, from 12-6. Currently the early hours of 12-2 are well catered for. If you can please email to let us know what time you might be interested to help out. It is just a matter of answering inquiries and chatting with your fellow cyclists, and encouraging new people to join our mailing list.

If you can’t join in, then still try and drop by for a chat, and tell us your recent cycling thoughts for Moreland, or pick up a TravelSmart map.

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Upcoming Moreland BUG Annual General Meeting 2012

The BUG’s Annual General Meeting is coming up and will be held on Thursday the 25th of October 2012 at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel (681 Sydney Road, Brunswick).

The meeting starts at 7.30 pm and will finish around 9.00 pm.

The ordinary business of the Annual General Meeting is:

  1. Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
  2. Present the financial report
  3. Elect the new Committee of Management
  4. Other business

All BUG members (which includes all subscribers to the BUG email list) are welcome to consider nominating for a position on the BUG committee.

The following positions are open for nomination:

  • Convenor
  • Deputy Convenor
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • 3 x Ordinary Members

For a description of the roles and duties associated with each position, please see the Moreland BUG Constitution or feel free to contact the current office bearers if you have any questions:

Nominations must be made in writing to me by October 18 and must be signed by 2 other members of the BUG, using the Moreland BUG committee nomination form. Please email scanned nominations to

Please note that nominations will also be accepted on the night of the AGM!
Furthermore, I am happy to arrange for the other two signatories on the nomination form.

Julia Mischke.
Moreland BUG Secretary

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MoreArt Opening Ride — Sunday 30th September

Celebrate the launch of the MoreArt Public Art event with a guided trail along the Upfield train line.

Participating artists will be on hand to discuss their works on site, and the ride will conclude at RMIT Brunswick for the MoreArt launch party, also taking in the Artland exhibition of student works. Stick around for some complimentary nibbles and a drink to quench your thirst.

Meeting: 12:30pm at Coburg Station

Finishing: 3:30pm at the MoreArt Launchparty at RMIT Brunswick.

See the Squeaky Wheel for more info.

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Ride together to the Riders Rally! June 21

As many of you would know, a riders rally is planned for next Thursday, June 21 to protest against the Baillieu Government’s decision to cut the Victorian bike budget to zero.

Bicycle Network Victoria and various BUGs are organising the event and the estimate is that there’ll be 3-4000 riders there on the day.

The rally is from 7.30 am to 8.30 am in front of Parliament House.

If you are not happy with the Baillieu Goverment’s decision, make your voice heard and come along to the rally. You can make your way into the city at your own leisure or join one of the organised rides. More details on the rally and various meeting points and times for rides can be found here.

Moreland BUG member Tim Read is organising a ride to the rally from Brunswick. We meet at Cafe L’Amour, 76 Lygon St. (next to Gelobar), Brunswick East at 7am and ride in together along Canning St.

And Anna has set up a Facebook event and so far 72 people are going. You can join here.

While some elements of the rally are still on the drawing board, a rough run sheet for the morning currently looks like this:

0730 – rally starts, Victorian Parliament steps, Spring St, Melbourne
0745 – we plan to unfurl a fabric bike path to symbolise the types of facilities that will now not be possible with zero funding. This “path” can be passed around overhead or perhaps symbolically laid!!
0815 – speech and pics
0830 – event ends

Hopefully we will have a good turn out so make sure you are coming along!

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Final parliamentary hearing into the car dooring bill

From vicbugchat:

Parliamentary hearings can be a bit stuffy, but if you’re interested, come along. Having a presence there will help demonstrate to politicians that the public’s concerned about this issue (if they haven’t already realised!!). It’s also worth hearing what bike advocacy groups, Andrew Tivendale, and James Cross’s parents, have to say about car dooring and cyclist safety.

Where: Parliament of Victoria, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne

When: Wednesday 23 May at 8.00pm, meeting at 7.30pm outside Parliament.
If you get there late just go inside and report to the front desk – they’ll tell you where to go.

Speakers: Bicycle Victoria, the Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne, Amy Gillett Foundation, Andrew Tivendale, the parents of James Cross, and Melbourne Bicycle User Group.

You can read Melbourne BUG’s submission to the hearing here (PDF).

More details of the hearing are here.

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Details for Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail Ride

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail Ride

Date: 24 and 25 of March 2012

Where and when to meet?

Option 1: Meet us at the Noise Bar (corner of Upfield Path and Albert Street), 9:00 am Saturday and ride to Flinders Street Station together, OR

Option 2: Meet us in front of the last carriage on platform 3 in Flinders Street Station. The train to Lilydale leaves at 9:50 am.

Option 3: Make your way to Lilydale at your own leisure and preferred mode of transport and meet us in Lilydale.

Ride leader: Bill (

Description: Ride on the rail trail from Lilydale to Warburton (one way 40 km), bring tents and stay overnight at the caravan park (or make other arrangements. The pub is quite nice.) Nice easy pace, gentle gradients. Stop at the odd cafe or three. Children, families and infrequent riders welcome.

If you want to join the ride please register your interest with Bill who is gonna be the ride leader. His email address is Likewise, if you have any questions about the ride or need further information don’t hesitate to contact him.

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