I was last in Melbourne many many years ago and now have some really positive impressions of cycling. Unlike Sydney, Melbourne is a little kinder for cyclists, less hilly around the city, better access (ie. wider roads, better cycling lanes) and generally courteous and relaxed cyclists. I didn't once see any situations between car drivers and of the hundreds and hundreds I saw over a few days only one single cyclist without a helmet.
This is a bike week for cycling in Melbourne, there was the ride to work day and coming up plus the Go Bike bike expo from today til Sunday plus the Around the Bay in a Day ride on Sunday.
I also went to a number of bike stores and all but one were warm and friendly. So despite this one store, what great city and a remarkable trend and network.
If anyone gets pics from Go Bike, let me know - it would b e good to post them here.