Upcoming November club ride – Footscray Park to Brimbank Park – 29 Nov 2015

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.

Footscray Park to Brimbank Park

Footscray Park to Brimbank Park

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.

Train from Southern Cross Station to South Kensington Station - 29 November 2015

One at South Kensington Station, it’s an easy 2km ride to Footscray Park on quiet streets and shared paths.

South Kensington Station to Footscray Park

South Kensington Station to Footscray Park

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.

PTV Journey Planner - Southern Cross to Footscray 29 Nov

PTV Journey Planner – Southern Cross to Footscray 29 Nov

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.

 

Footscray Station to Footscray Park

Footscray Station to Footscray Park

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.

Pipemakers Park Bridge crossing

Pipemakers Park Bridge crossing

If you are able to come along on the ride, please indicate this by either commenting below, accepting your invitation for this event on our Facebook page, or follow and message us on Twitter.

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. 

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About Dayna

I'm interested in nature, hiking and photography - but these have been somewhat overwhelmed by a new passion... my Brompton folding bikes! You can follow me on Twitter: @daynaa2000 or @Brompton_MEL Or find me hanging out most Saturdays at Velo Electric & Folding (http://velocycles.com.au/folding-bikes/) or on a Melbourne Brompton Club ride! (https://melbournebromptonclub.wordpress.com)
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One Response to Upcoming November club ride – Footscray Park to Brimbank Park – 29 Nov 2015

  1. Monica says:

    Hi Dayna
    At this stage I’m still planning to join you all to the Brimbank Park ride Sunday. I wonder if I could have your phone number, just in case.
    Thanks
    Monica Wong

    Liked by 1 person

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