Looking to the north-west for inspiration this month, Brimbank Park popped up on the radar (well, Google Maps).
There are numerous shared paths through Brimbank Park, and it also (very importantly) has a cafe at the visitor centre which is open of a Sunday so we can stop for a coffee, cold drink, ice cream or something a little more substantial before our return ride.
Meeting point: Footscray Park, somewhere around the end of Maribyrnong Blvd
Meeting Time: 10am
Distance: Approx 40km* (Return distance. See also note at end of post)
Riding Time: 4-5hrs. This is a social ride; we won’t be aiming to break any speed records.
If you don’t live close enough to easily ride to Footscray Park, you might want to catch a train to either South Kensington Station or Footscray Station.
To get to South Kensington Station you can catch the Werribee train from Southern Cross Station (platform 11) departing 9:40am, arriving at South Kensington Station at 9:47am on platform 2. The journey is within Zone 1. Please check for any disruptions on the Werribee line or changes to this schedule closer to the date.
One at South Kensington Station, it’s an easy 2km ride to Footscray Park on quiet streets and shared paths.
Alternatively, to get to Footscray Station you can catch the Sunbury train from Southern Cross Station (platform 11) departing 9:42am, arriving 9:50am at Footscray Station on platform 2. The journey is within Zone 1. Please check for any disruptions on the Sunbury line or changes to this schedule closer to the date.
Once at Footscray Station (it’s the stop after South Kensington, and before Middle Footscray) you can ride to Footscray Park by following Maribyrnong River upriver. It’s a little longer than the South Kensington option, but if you’re early (or if your train didn’t stop at the previous station) then this is the way to go.
Fortunately Bromptons are fairly easy to spot, so we *should* be able to find each other once at Footscray Park. As usual we’ll probably hang around for a few minutes to wait for any late comers, but please let myself, Cory or Stanley know if you are coming but are running late. Facebook messenger is probably the best and easier way to stay in touch (anyone who is a member of MBC can message each other that way).
From here the plan is to follow Maribyrnong River Trail all the way to Brimbank Park.
Although we start on the south/west bank of the Maribyrnong River, after about 2.2km we need to cross the river on the bright red cycle/pedestrian Pipemakers Park Bridge. With only one short street section shortly after the bridge, it appears to be cycle path from there on along the north/east bank.
We’d love to have you along for our ride.
*If we don’t make it the entire way, we’ll at least find somewhere to stop for refreshments along the way, so please don’t look at the estimated length, panic and pull out. This is a social ride; we have and will cater for Bromptoneers of all degrees of ability.
Please note that riders who participate in Melbourne Brompton Club (“MBC”) rides, do so entirely at their own risk. MBC coordinators will not accept any responsibility or liability (personal and public) for any accident, loss, or damage to persons, bicycles, equipment and personal effects.