Rail Trails exposed at Sydney Spring Cycle
Rail Trails for NSW had an information stand at the Sydney Spring Cycle event held on Sunday 18th October 2015. This annual event attracts around 10,000 cyclists, doing different distances around the streets of Sydney, and all finishing at the Homebush Olympic Park. The RT4NSW information stand was one of many stands at the finish of the event, and most of the cyclists taking part, wandered past the various exhibits after they finished their ride. The stand was manned by John Moore, Tim Coen and 8 other volunteers, including John O’Brien and Kathy Furney from Rail Trails Australia. People were given information about what a rail trail is, and also about the lack of rail trails in NSW. Information packs were also handed out to interested people, with details of how to lobby the NSW government to change the rules and allow rail trails to be built on some of the disused railway lines in the state. The group estimated they spoke to more than 600 people on the day and gave out more than 150 information packs.
RT4NSW has also decided to form a friends group, and they were asking people to become a friend of RT4NSW for a $5 donation (or about the price of a cup of coffee). This is to help cover some of the costs that the volunteer group has incurred out of their own pocket during the campaign, which was launched in March 2014 at NSW Parliament House. Anyone joining before 2nd November will go into the draw to win a pushbike which was donated by 99Bikes. You can become a friend by direct deposit $5 or more into the RT4NSW account. BSB: 032-134, Account No: 303230, Account name: Rail Trails for NSW Inc. and then give your name, phone number and email by going onto email@example.com
If you become a friend and make your donation before 2nd Nov, you will be eligible to be in the draw to win the pushbike from 99Cycles.
O’Keefe Rail Trail Developments (northern Victoria)
Now that the extension of the O’Keefe Rail Trail is open providing 50km of continuous trail between Bendigo and Heathcote, the various organisations involved are not resting on their laurels with several developments occuring.
Knowing how many people are using the rail trail is essential for future planning. The City of Greater Bendigo Council already has two infra-red counters that count any user that breaks the beam. This could be walkers, runners or cyclists, and possibly the odd kangaroo. The council has gone a step further and recently installed a counter just for cyclists that registers each time a bike passes over an electronic loop imbedded in an asphalt pad on the trail near Junortoun. There are also plans to install an infra-red counter near Heathcote. More details on the Friends of the Bendigo Kilmore Rail Trail news.
Rail Trails Australia is collecting this data and data from other rail trails where available to gather a bigger picture of rail trail usage in Australia.
Wallan to Heathcote Rail Trail – Feasibility. Study
The Mitchell Shire Council has called for tenders to conduct a feasibility study on extending the rail trail another 65km south through Kilmore to near where it branched off the Melbourne Sydney line at Heathcote Junction. Rather than finish here it would continue on another 6km to the rapidly expanding town of Wallan and the interurban VLine station.
Other possibilities associated with this extension are listed under future developments in the O’Keefe Rail Trail description.
One complication is that some sections of the former corridor were sold off many years ago, as the Heathcote to Heathcote Junction line closed in 1968. If the extension is determined to be viable then the consultant will prepare a concept design for construction.
New Promotional Video
The previous promotional video by Bendigo Tourism for the rail trail was one of the best around for a rail trail.
They have produced a new one that includes the newly opened section to Heathcote, which is just as good if not better. Check it out from the Videos tab of the Rail Trail description.
R and R Rail Trail Duathlon (Brisbane Valley Rail Trail) Sunday 4th October
There are differenrt courses avaiable ,
The 30/30 km long course (Run/Cycle) Minimum age 18 years
The 30/30 Team
The 4km Trail run-18km ride Minumum age 14 yeras
The 8km Fun Run. Minumum age 14 years
All events start at the Blackbutt Showgrounds ( 57 Bowman Rd ) at 7 am
All event have checkpoints and water avaiable.
To registar click HERE
For more details visit Gonya Adventure
More information about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail can be found at RTA Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
If you would like to support Rail Trails Australia ,please consider joining as a member RTA Membership details
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Sunset and Moonlight Ride and Dine 26 Sept. 2015
Experience the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail like never before, by Moonlight.
Cycle from Esk to Toogoolawah(18km) into the setting sun followed by Champagne and Canapes at the Toogoolawah Station provided by the local District History Group (cost $10)
Cycle back towards Esk by Moonlight ( Good light mandatory) with a star gazing stop at Coal Creek.
Arrival time back at Esk 8pm. for a gorgeous dinner at a local cafe .(cost $35)
A $25 deposit is required for the Dinner
Bookings are essential, and payment of $25 deposit is required to join the ride
Non cycling partners are welcome to join us for dinner.
What: BVRT Ride and Dine
When: Saturday 26 September 3.30 pm
If interested in joining the ride please contact Mark firstname.lastname@example.org and more detains will be provided
Bloomin Beautiful Blackbutt Festival and Rail Trail Ride (BVRT)
Spring has sprung at Blackbutt, so come and enjoy a weekend of Flowers, Bands, Quilts displays , RSL WW1 displays , fashion displays, cooking displays and much more.
Take a ride in a Clydesdale drawn wagon , See the wood chop action, Orchids and foliage display. See the vintage cars and machinery displays.
Take a walk along the Rail Trail Bird Watching tour.
View the Street Parade on Saturday at 1pm. ( there will be a bike ride from Linville to Blackbutt to arrive in time so cyclist can participate in the parade. see details below) Plus much more,
For more details about the Festival click HERE
Cyclist who would like to join a ride from Linville to Blackbutt and return (Dept. Linville at 9am) and arrive at Blackbutt in time to view (or ride) in the Parade please email Mark email@example.com for more information.
Unofficial Opening of O’Keefe Rail Trail Extension (Northern Victoria)
Following five years of hard work the Friends of the Bendigo Kilmore Rail Trail celebrated with an unofficial opening of the new 21km section from Axedale to Heathcote on Sunday 16th August.
A brief ceremony was held at Lake Eppalock with participants from the Friends Group, Mitchell Bicycle Users Group and Rail Trails Australia.
It is understood that the City of Bendigo will hold an official opening when connecting paths are established.
Rail Trails Australia congratulates the City of Bendigo, the Victorian Government and the Friends on the upgrade and extension to make this a major rail trail.
It is well worth a visit, especially now in spring.
The Womens End to End Brisbane Valley Rail Trail ride
Stage one of the 2015 Womens End to End ride will be happining from Yarraman to Moore on Sunday 9th August.
Friends and Parnters are welcome to attend the ride also.
Cost will be $15 for the bus Transfer and the ride will have a support vehicle at all times.
What : Women’s BVRT E2E Bike Ride – Yarraman to Moore (48 km)
When: 8.30 a.m. on Sunday 9 August 2015
Where: Moore Memorial Hall, Moore.
For more details and to book a place on the ride contact
Jordana Blackman firstname.lastname@example.org
For details about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Click HERE
O’Keefe Rail Trail Now Open to Heathcote
The Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail (FBKRT) group have informed us of new signs along O’Keefe Rail Trail in Victoria that tell the history of Bendigo/Heathcote line.
A recent FBKRT web news post reveals that a glimpse back into how railway transport helped develop communities and businesses, aided rural farmers plus gold exploration, can now be seen via new interpretive signs along the O’Keefe Rail Trail. Working closely with the City of Greater Bendigo, the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail group have sought to bring elements of history back for the benefits of the rail trail users.
As a result of much research, the outcome has seen 11 interpretive information signs being placed at specific locations along the O’Keefe trail. Such reveals the current trail’s connection to the past, for the Heathcote to Bendigo (Sandhurst) section of the former ‘Wandong, Heathcote, Sandhurst Railway’. The history highlighted covers a period from 1887, for the railway’s construction, to more recent times of rail trail development.
At the official launch of the new information signs, the City of Greater Bendigo council’s City Engineering Manager Brett Martini said, “The O’Keefe Rail Trail is a wonderful asset for the Greater Bendigo that provides unique opportunities for residents and visitors to walk and cycle the total 49kms between Bendigo and Heathcote.”
The City of Greater Bendigo Council’s media release for the O’Keefe Rail Trail signs can be sourced via this link.
Every Step Counts walk for charity along the Brisbane Valley R.T.
Come and support the ‘ Every Step Count” charity walk along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. This 100km walk will be taking place over three days along the BVRT.
WHEN. JUNE 29 TO JULY 1 2015
WHERE. Based in ESK, the walk will pass through the towns of Toogoolawah, Coominya, Lowood and Fernvale.
Day one, Esk to Toogoolawah and return 36km
Day two, Old Station Rd to Fernvale 34 km
Day three, Esk to Old Station Rd return appox 30km.
Money will be raised for several Charities including, Starlight Foundations, Making a difference, Allergy/ Medical Research, Chicks in Pink and Eagle wings Christian School (Zambia)
Walkers are welcome to join on any or all days.For further details, contact Desley Souter 0418 742 941 or email email@example.com
Join the 2015 Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run (S.E. QLD) Sunday 12 JULY
Come and join the the fun by joining the 2015 Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run, while helping to raise funds for Diabetes Queensland.
Once again there will be two events, the 8 km and the childrens 3km race.
You can also enter a team of friends or family in the run.
Prizes include $300 for the first male and female in the 8km run $200 for 2nd and $100 for third place.
Medallions will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd to both boys and girls in the 8km run.
There will be three categories:16 and under, 12 and under and open.
The 3km run will also have 1st, 2nd and 3rd medallions awarded .
Prizes for the best costume will also be awarded on the day.
Join the Family fun day at Lowood school after the fun run.
Free Shuttle busses will operate during the day to transfer runners back to the starting point
WHEN. Sunday 12 July 2015
Where. Fernvale Memorial park, Fernvale , Brisbane Valley Highway.
Time Fun Run starts at 9am
For more information about the fun run click HERE
For information on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail or to join Rail Trails Australia click HERE