Consultation on Centenary Trail

Consultation on Canberra’s new Centenary Trail route is open until 16 December.  This 133km 3 day cycle/129 km 7 day walk has been proposed to showcase Canberra and celebrate its historic icons.

The proposed route starts at Parliament House and loops around the ACT through locations including ANZAC Parade and the War Memorial, Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, Mount Ainslie, Mount Taylor, Red Hill, the National Arboretum, Stromlo Forest Park and Mulligans Flat Sanctuary.  The proposed route includes campsites.

The feasibility report was completed last year, and is up for discussion here.

3 day cycle! Sounds awesome to me.  Comments are open till December 16, so get in and have your say!

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I Share the Road

James from the Toronto bike blog – The Urban Country has started a campaign for road safety called I share the road.

For as little as the postage cost ($1.50 CAD), you can get 10 x I Share the Road stickers in two sizes – large and small.  Small is a great size for chucking on the bike – on the fender, mud guard, seat post, racks.  Postage time to regional Qld was about 2 weeks.

I think I’ll be adding these stickers to our X-mas cards for our friends and family.

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Riding at night

So, I have to confess, I did something today that was probably not terribly safe.

I commute from home to the station, and then from the train station to work.  As it is summer in Sydney, it generally doesn’t get dark till 8.00pm, I haven’t really been bothering about lights.  I have these Knog lights as I like the way they look, and figured that they’d get me home.

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Fitzroy Principal Cycle Network Plan – Workshop 9 Dec 2011

Coming up on 9 December 2011 is the community consultation for the Fitzroy Principal Cycle Network Plan (PCNP).  Basically, this workshop is to provide local user input in to the PCNP as part of the Queensland Cycling Strategy.

Details are as follows:

Rockhampton

Date: Friday 9th December 2011

Time: 9 am – 12pm

Venue: Wentworth Room, Kershaw House, Glenmore Road, Park Avenue, Rockhampton

RSVP:  cyclePCNP@tmr.qld.gov.au

Info: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/F/Fitzroy-Principal-Cycle-Network-Plan.aspx

Agenda: http://www.bq.org.au/_downloads/Rockhampton_Agenda.pdf

First of all, for shame DTMR!  The community consultation and workshop is on during the middle of the day on a weekday!  How the proverbial are normal daily commuter cyclists supposed to attend this meeting?  Isn’t this the exact target market you are trying to reach with these programs?  Certainly not a great way to reach them by putting on the program during the most inaccessible time for them.  At least the venue is bicycle accessible, I guess…..

Secondly, for shame DTMR!  Your website on this process contains no information or dates on when this meeting is going to occur.  So, apart from the e-mail I got from BQ that this was going to occur, I had no knowledge of its existence and I do have fair access to what’s going on in the local biking community.  There has been no general talk about it and no notices that it was going to occur.

I don’t know if I will be attending or not.  I will certainly try to get there but most people just can’t up and leave work for half a day.

If you aren’t in the Fitzroy area and want to participate in these events, I would look up your area on the Projects Page (not an easy navigation) and contact the relevant addresses about the dates for your area.  If you are a member of BQ, I’d imagine you will probably get an e-mail about it as a reminder.

Retail Therapy – SheSpoke

I’ve been a bit light on the postings of late.  Mainly because of a pretty hectic work programme over the last month.  That and I haven’t been doing anything of great fun on the bike.  I’m sure you don’t want to hear a million posts about my daily commute to work and how I wore my work uniform.

After one particularly stressful day on the job, I shouted myself a pair of earrings from SheSpoke. They arrived about 9 days after I ordered them.  I added an extra jump ring because I wanted a different alignment and a them to hang bit lower.

SheSpoke is a Toowoomba, Qld based company specialising in Women’s cycling gear.  They have both technical and casual gear and accessories.  They also have their own range of knicks, skorts, tees and jerseys.   It’s great to see a local Australian business specialising in women’s cycling.

Omafiets Cycles

So there’s a new bike store opening in Sydney.  “So what”? I hear you say… another bike store, in a market which some may say is already saturated.  However, this is a really interesting concept.  What they do, is import second hand bikes from Holland.  Apparently, the Dutch government gives tax incentives to people to buy bikes, so they generally turn them over quite quickly (and sell them very cheaply).  So, what the guys do, is buy a container load (I’m assuming unseen) and ship them to Australia to sell.

I was lucky enough to meet Oliver (one of the owners of the store) at Cycle Recycle and he invited us to have a sneak peak at the store before it’s official opening.  (photos to follow) The shop is in Marrickville, an edgy, coming on trendy part of town.  The store is a bit hard to find, being up a side street off a major road, however it does make parking easy and I’d imagine it will be much easier to find once there is some signage in place.

Now, the bit you’re really interested in – the bikes.  Well, there really is an assortment, in all sorts of conditions.  There are plenty of what I’d call your typical “Dutch bike” – not many gears (3 or below), beautiful curving handlebars and an upright seated position.  Lots of the bikes have dynamo hubs and front and rear lights, and most bikes have a rear rack (or front basket).  Brooks leather saddles abound.  The bikes vary in condition – from really good, to well, average, although I suspect that some of them were actually damaged in transit.

There’s also a few more interesting bikes including a recreational tandem bike, and a very large cargo bike and a few touring bikes.

I think it will be interesting how they go.  I hope they do well – I like the idea that you can buy a cheaper bike that is still good quality, and the guys that run the shop seem really passionate about getting people onto bikes, and super friendly (I even got to mind the shop for a while), but I worry that some of the bikes are a bit expensive for what they are – I mean $500 for a second hand single speed with coaster brakes seems a bit steep, even if it is in really good condition  – I mean when was the last time you rode a bike with coaster brakes?   Yet there are also some really good deals to be had – $1100 for a fully kitted out touring bike – including dynamo hub, double kickstand, front and rear racks, handlebar bag and lights seems like a really good deal.

However, the shop is well worth a look.  Did I buy a bike?  You’ll have to wait and see Smile

Discovery weekend–Orange

The details for the Bike NSW Discovery weekend are up!  23-25 March 2012 in Orange.   They have multiple ride options including a mountain bike skills workshop, and road rides ranging from 50-120kms including stops at local wineries, berry farms and even a wind farm!

I did have to look up where Orange was, and apparently it’s about 260 kms west of Sydney.

It’s a bit different from Cycle QLD/Big Ride as you have to arrange your own accommodation – there is camping available.  Early bird cost is about $119 (no idea what this covers), and $30 for camping.  After the 22nd of December, cost goes up to $149.

Looks like it’ll be a fun weekend!

I finally joined the ranks of bicycle commuters!

I’ve always wanted to be a bicycle commuter, however circumstances have never really made it possible.  Whether because I lived too far away, poor traffic conditions or poor end of trip facilities, it’s not really been possible.  So, with the purchase of a folding bike, I officially joined the ranks of (semi) bicycle commuters!

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