Bike pumps serve coast
CYCLISTS are free to explore local rail trails with bike pumps available in three Bass Coast locations.
In a Bass Coast Shire Council initiative to promote healthier lifestyles, the bike pumps were installed in Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Newhaven to ensure cyclists get the most out of their rides.
Council’s recreation and culture coordinator Mark Lindsay said Wonthaggi’s bike pump is located at the visitor’s centre because it’s central to the rail trail.
“Newhaven’s visitor centre was chosen because it is near a shared pathway and the Inverloch Hub was chosen because it is a central location,” Mr Lindsay said.
There are many great trails for cyclists to discover in Bass Coast. In four kilometres, cyclists can travel from Anderson to Kilcunda in a gradual descent through farmlands, past Kilcunda’s largest coal mine, Mitchell Mine.
Travelling from Kilcunda to the Mouth of the Powlett, cyclists can cross the trestle bridge over superb surf and sandy beaches. This ride is three kilometres.
From the Mouth of the Powlett, ride to Dalyston station. The three kilometre trail passes the site of the former Dalyston railways station where the trail is elevated to the level of the former station platform.
Another 2.3 kilometres leads to Lower Powlett Road, a popular fishing location. There is a clear view of the Wonthaggi wind farm from this position.
Two and a half kilometres from Lower Powlett Road is South Dudley Road, which includes views of open farmland and a variety of native plant species. The Wonthaggi State Coal Mine is visible, as well as the mine rescue station.
South Dudley Road takes cyclists back into Wonthaggi in 1.2 kilometres, completing the scenic journey.
With an increased exercise and cycling culture booming in Bass Coast, the council initiative provides additional support and encouragement for bicycle use.
“As far as we are aware the pumps have been used regularly,” Mr Lindsay said.
Council hopes access to the bike pumps will increase the use of the shared pathways and trigger an interest in cycling.
Additional pathways, open spaces, leisure centres, clubs, skate parks and reserves are also on council’s list to keep Bass Coast residents and visitors active and healthy.
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