Walk or ride
Enjoy a walk or ride today
Walking and riding can be many things to many people. It is our most simple and affordable way to travel to places and is popular for recreation for people of all ages and all abilities. When we walk and ride we contribute to creating better places and environments, healthier people, better connected communities and more viable businesses.
The benefits of participating in physical activities such as walking and cycling are well documented. Not only do individuals benefit from a health and wellbeing perspective, but the whole community benefits from a greater sense of community, social interaction, economic opportunities, improvement to the environment and urban congestion, air and noise pollution, reduction in crime and a healthier society.
Walking and cycling are activities that can be integrated into everyday life as daily transport and recreation making it easier to meet recommended physical activity targets. Good quality walking and cycling infrastructure helps create more transport options, develops resilience within communities and makes it easier for more people to access public transport.
International research shows that people who walk and cycle regularly are more likely to be happy and have a lower risk of depression.
In recent years electric bicycles have improved in quality, availability and affordability. Electric bicycles allow more people the opportunity to comfortably travel by bicycle extending distance travelled, riding age into later life and similar overall physical activity benefits compared to push bicycles.
Take in Bendigo’s natural environment and historical attractions via a walking or cycling trail. One of Victoria’s largest regional municipalities covering approximately 2994 square km. The City of Greater Bendigo has abundant on-road and off-road walking and cycling routes in suburban areas that connect townships, major suburbs and surrounding open spaces. Explore one of the many trails independently or join a local cycling, outdoor or hiking group and make some new friends along the way.
Discover Greater Bendigo’s bicycle and trail network with:
- Nice Rides of Bendigo – a map of Bendigo’s bicycle and trail network.
- Cycling & Walking Trails – information and maps on the Bendigo Tourism website.
There are a variety of trails for different riding styles and abilities, including:
- O’Keefe Rail Trail – Ride or walk this disused railway line that links Heathcote and Axedale with Bendigo.
- Goldfields Track/Great Dividing Trail – This 210-km shared use bushwalking and mountain bike trail follows the top of the Great Dividing Range from Mt Buninyong just out of Ballarat to Bendigo.
- Bendigo Bushland Trail – This 65km trail consists of bicycle, road and walking tracks. It encircles the urban area of Bendigo and takes you through pockets of remnant Box-Ironbark regrowth.
- Mulga Bill Walking Track – The short Mulga Bill track offers spectacular views and links Eaglehawk to the Lightning Hill lookout, passing by Lake Neangar, central Eaglehawk and a large area of forest to the north that is part of the Whipstick sector of the Greater Bendigo National Park. It is also an off-leash dog walking area.
- Bendigo Creek Trail – The trail traces its course north-east from Crusoe Reservoir, past natural bush and historic landmarks, all the way to Bendigo Pottery in Epsom.
Shared paths are for people of all ages and abilities, and for multiple uses including: pedestrians, cyclists, scooters, runners and people with prams or walking dogs. Follow this etiquette to ensure everyone has safe and comfortable use of shared paths.
Pedestrians (including people on foot or on wheeled devices such as wheelchairs)
- Keep left unless it’s impracticable to do so
- Move in a predictable manner and check for other path-users before changing direction
- Keep your dog under control along shared paths and pick up after them
- Help children with you keep left, and explain shared path etiquette to them
- Stay aware of your surroundings even if using headphones
- Listen for warning bells or calls from other path-users and allow faster path-users to pass
- If you have stopped to talk with someone, stand off the path to allow other path-users to pass
Riders (including people on bicycles)
- Give way to pedestrians
- Keep left unless it’s impracticable to do so
- Move at a relaxed speed and slow down when passing others so you can stop quickly
- Pass other people on the right and warn them you’re passing in advance by ringing your bell or using your voice
- Take care around children and dogs who can be unpredictable
- Help children with you keep left, and explain shared path etiquette to them including warning other path-users of your approach
- Ring your bell or use your voice to let others know as you go into blind corners or underpasses
- Be visible by using lights and wearing bright clothes when it gets dark