Cycling and Bike Share in Melbourne

Information about getting around the city by bicycle, including details of the Melbourne bike share schemeā€¦

Melbourne is a bike-friendly city with an extensive network of cycle lanes and off-road bike paths.

There are some general rules when riding in the Melbourne area:

  • It is compulsory for people of all ages to wear a bicycle helmet in Victoria
  • On shared pathways, pedestrians have the right of way
  • Cyclists must ride on the left-hand side of the cycle path except when overtaking
  • Generally it is courteous to signal intentions to turn; to cycle at an appropriate speed; and ride in single file
  • For more information on cycling in Melbourne: Click here

Cyclists can download a TravelSmart map from the Department of Transport: Click here, or pick one up from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square.

The website Bicycle Network Victoria has information about cycling routes and events, and bike rides around Melbourne. For information on cycling safety, cycling road rules and regulations, and cycling offences and fines see the Vic Roads website.

Melbourne Bike Share

The Victoria Government's Bike Share scheme has been designed for short journeys across the city. Users can hire a bike from one of the various bike stations located around Melbourne and then return the bike after their trip. The first 45 minutes of every trip are free to annual subscribers, and casual users are entitled to 30 minutes use free of charge. Bikes can be hired for up to 24 hours at a time.

To use the system, subscribers must be at least 15 years old and measure over 125cm.

There are two types of subscription available; daily or weekly subscription, or an annual subscription. Annual subscriptions can be purchased online. To purchase a daily or weekly subscription, a credit card is required at one of the pay machines at a bicycle station.

  • For more information on how to use the service, fees and bike station locations: Click here
  • To see a map of all the docking stations in Melbourne: Click here