Running from St Kilda beach around the bay to Beaumaris is the Bayside Bike Trail. Since the trail is relatively short it is excellent for a casual ride on a sunny afternoon, maybe with a few stops at the various beaches along the way and perhaps at the many cafes to get a refreshing cold drink.
The beach at St Kilda is always a bustling hive of activity that attracts many people from all over Melbourne. Obviously many people like that kind of scene, but it is not for everyone, so why not hop on your bike and ride down the trail to one of the more peaceful beaches around the bay.
As you leave from St Kilda, you will notice the atmosphere change immediately as you leave the noisy beaches and feel the cool sea breeze in your hair. With bushes growing on both sides for large sections of the path and constant views of the bay this is a very relaxing ride.
As you wind your way down the trail you will notice that it joins with the footpath to form a shared pathway at various points. This is most noticeable around the Brighton dog beach as people walk along the path with their dogs on their way to the beach. You will probably want to slow down around this part as the dogs are excitable and unpredictable.
Beyond here is Brighton proper, with many cafes, restaurants and fine beaches. The trail comes away from the beach and elevates slightly after Brighton. This is a little disappointing for me, for I love to be alongside the water at all times, however it does make for some excellent views of the bay. The trail will now run alongside Beach Road until its conclusion at Beaumaris so you can choose to join the lycra clad cycling enthusiasts on the road or continue at a gentler pace along the trail. Either way it is a very enjoyable ride and I am sure you will have great fun doing it.
There are a couple of things you should know about this bike route though, but they shouldn't affect your decision on whether to ride it or not. The first is that, as it is practically on a beach, it is very sandy which will affect how quickly you can take corners and brake. The second is that it can get quite windy, which will make for a difficult time in one direction, although obviously a very easy ride going the other way.
Hopefully after reading this you will be inspired to take your bike out and ride down this beautiful trail. So happy riding!