Win racked up for cyclists

State transport minster Ben Carroll (at centre), Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and Bus Association of Victoria executive director Chris Lowe - together with bus driver John Hoskin, Jamie Whitmore and Hazel Whitmore - and one of the state's new bus bike racks installed on a Castlemaine Whitmore's bus Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

Cyclists will be able to bring their bicycles with them when travelling on local bus routes in Castlemaine, Maldon, Bendigo and Heathcote following the extension of the state’s Bikes on Buses initiative.
In Castlemaine, the locally operated Whitmore buses have just been fitted with the new racks which were pressed in to use for the first time this week.
Mr Whitmore said the Whitmore Bus Group has been involved since the start of a successful trial began back in 2016.
“We’ve been involved since the start of the trial at Strathfieldsaye six years ago and it’s gone really, really well,” Mr Whitmore said.
He said the racks are available for use by cycling passengers aged 12 and over.
“They’ve been used in Canberra for a number of years now. They’re also in use all over the world and they really do suit Castlemaine.”
State transport minister Ben Carroll was in Castlemaine on Tuesday to highlight the extension of the initiative that’s being hailed as a win for cycling locals, commuters and bicycling tourists alike. Read more in today’s Mail…

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.