About Dykes on Bikes Melbourne
Our mission is to support philanthropic endeavours in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women's communities and beyond, and reach out to empower a community of diverse womxn through rides, charity events, Pride events and education.
Join our Crew
If you live in Victoria and are interested in becoming a member of Dykes on Bikes Melbourne, you are invited to join us on our next ride.
ALL bikes and ALL riding skill levels welcome!
We live for FUN, FREEDOM and FRIENDSHIP
Who we are and what we do
Dykes on Bikes Melbourne Inc was formed on 25th June 2011. We are a chapter of San Francisco Dykes on Bikes Women’s Motorcycle Contingent (SFDOBWMC) receiving approval of our affiliation in August 2011.
You will find us every year at the front of Pride March Victoria in St Kilda. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of PMV and Dykes on Bikes has been there to lead every one of them.
DoBM Inc members also attend ChillOut Festival in Daylesford, Sydney Mardi Gras, Brisbane Pride March, Adelaide Pride March, San Francisco Pride March, San Francisco Dyke March, San Francisco Trans March, San Diego Pride March, Brooklyn Pride March, Brighton UK Pride March, Reykjavic Pride March, Hamburg Pride March and Berlin Dyke March.
DoBM Inc currently has around 70 members throughout Victoria, including the Western suburbs, Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and Central Victoria.
We welcome all lesbian identifying women from all nationalities, religions and backgrounds.
We have members from Egypt, Singapore, New Zealand, Turkey, Canada, Lebanese and Germany to name few. Our ages range from 20 to 80. Dykes on Bikes Melbourne is a safe space for all of us.
All types of bikes and scooters are welcome and all skill levels of riders. Weather you ride a scooter or a chopper, you are welcome to ride with us. No one gets left behind! We have a buddy system in place for learner and less experienced riders to help build their confidence.You don’t have to ride to become a member! We encourage and support members who wish to gain their motorcycle licence through our Linda Gardiner Scholarship fund.
Fundraising is a major part of our clubs purpose. The charity DoBM will support for 2022-2023 FY will be the Housing for the Age Action Group
In 2021 (postponed to 2022) Dykes on Bikes Melbourne celebrated their 10th year as a club with the Dykes on Bikes Melbourne 10 Year Anniversary Night. The event raised over $7,000 for Koorie Pride Victoria.
Our charitable history
Our annual Pillions for Pride raffle started in 2015 and we have donated the proceeds to Midsumma, JOY94.9, Way out, Minus18 and ALGA (Australian Lesbian and gay Archives). We have also donated to Pride March Victoria, Bent TV and Star Observer.
During our inaugural year we donated money to RSPCA Victoria, The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Melbourne and The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.
Since then we have supported and continue to support many charity rides including the annual Geelong and Melbourne Pink Ribbon Rides, White Ribbon ride, Brown Ribbon Ride, BACA – 100 mile ride, Black Dog Ride and various Toy Runs around Victoria. In 2013 we hosted a poker run in the Bendigo area raising money for the Black Dog Institute and Righteous Pups Australia.
If you would like to support DoBM's effort in what we champion, please donate.