PEDAL UPDATE No. 200, Jan - Feb, 2011 ISSN 1321-1870 http://www.bisa.asn.au
In this issue: Opening of 'Thirsty' Cycling in Brisbane Cycling North Part 2. and more..
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This edition of Pedal Update is issue number 200 – quite significant for an Australian cycling organisation, especially one such as BISA that has a proud history of independence and volunteerism. It leads me to reflect on the many years that I have been involved with BISA and the issues that have waxed and waned over that time. In reading past editions of Pedal Update it is heartening to see that some concerns have disappeared. Others have evolved or changed – while some remain as hazards or blind spots in policy development. We are in a time now where cycling is very much on the social and political agenda. Cyclists, regardless of what, where and how they ride, are a constituency that is ever more recognised. BISA is keen to see this engagement with political and social change continue in a strong and robust fashion. We understand that the bicycle is a tool for change – environmental, community and individual health, with resilience in urban design, social capacity building and economic well-being. In 2010 BISA was particularly active engaging with all levels of government, and continuing to emphasise the bicycle as a mode of everyday transport that has potentially very high participation rates. We have attended forums and seminars, have written reports and letters and have actively contributed to debates. I have been lucky to be involved with input into both Fred Wegman’s and Fred Hansen’s Thinker in Residence programs. Wegman is from the Netherlands, and is a world road safety expert. Hansen is concerned with revitalising cities through public transport. My main message that I have continued to emphasise is that bicycle use needs to be fully integrated with the overall transport systems. Safety for cyclists means that facilities are well designed, properly engineered and do notPARK(ing) ‘disappear’ Day when needed the most! To get more people cycling there is a need to provide an environment that ordinary, everyday cycling will naturally occur. The use of the bicycle for everyday local transport opens up so many possibilities for social and community interaction – but it is still viewed as something ‘different’ and outside of the mainstream. This is perhaps one of the biggest challenges for cycling advocates – how do we encourage infrastructure that gets more people cycling more often and thus encourages more people to ride! Policy makers are often loath to invest money when they see comparatively low participation rates – but really it is a ‘chicken or the egg’ question. If there are safe, convenient, low-speed and people centred local environments that are planned with cycling and walking as a key transport mode, then this will encourage more people to cycle as they will not feel threatened by the environment that can be encountered on much of our roads – particularly for the novice rider. 2
With this in mind I have also been having input into Streets for People project that the South Australian Active Living Coalition has initiated. This workshop has brought together an interdisciplinary group to focus on the design and development of walking and cycling environments / people friendly streets to support the State Government’s Strategic Plan targets and integration with public transport. The workshops have been interesting with the focus on integrated street design, and creating slow traffic environments. It was quite interesting in some of the comments that came out of the forum and the discussions that took place. One point that was continually driven home is that traffic engineers are good at designing roads for the movement of motor vehicles at speed, but have very little tools or reference for designing integrated slow speed, people friendly streets. As a urban planner and urban ecologist I am also interested in the ‘functional’ use of the street – and if we are talking about retrofitting existing environments then we also need to consider how that streetscape can collect and store water – water sensitive urban design – and the implications this has for the amenity and interaction within this system. This point in particular got some blank looks and one comment that this was civil engineering and the traffic engineers were only concerned with what goes on above the road – some explanation on my part was required as to what systems integration actually entailed!!! These workshops and on-going work aims to produce a Compendium (a manual if you like) that has best practice examples and detailed information on street design and creating slow streets for people instead of fast routes for cars, mainly at the local community level – an ideal environment to cycle in for daily transport, run errands, do your shopping, go our for dinner, attend community events and generally experience ones local suburbs by bicycle rather than by car. Lets hope that this work feeds into the behavioural and social transformation necessary for long-term strategic change. With summer and the festival season approaching and the weather starting to fine up, I seem to see more people out on their bicycles everyday. I remember a sticker I once had that said “Subvert the Dominant Paradigm” – well transport cycling can be a ‘paradigm shift’ – helping to shift more people from feeling that they have to use a car for all transport activities – to being local and active transport users. This is one small, but highly significant step, to creating a resilient and healthy city that is safe and convenient for ALL road users – happy cycling in 2011. Jeremy Miller firstname.lastname@example.org Pedal Update
BISA's Community Adelaide to host Australasian Bicycle Ride Polo Championships October 17, 2010 in May 2011
After just celebrating the second anniversary of Bicycle Polo in Adelaide, this city is set to host the Nationals in 2011. There will be approx 30 teams descending on Adelaide for a weekend of Polo in May next year.
BISA has been approached by the Adelaide Bicycle Polo Club to assist in hosting the event, and we are looking forward to being a part of the tournament while running a number of associated events and activities. Who knows, with enough input we could even make this a mini Bike Fest!
Competition at the bike polo nationals in Melbourne Photo: Jeremy Miller
After a cold, little bit of rain in the morning, we all headed off. The organisers made me a marshal! They asked if I would like to be one on the ride - having ridden quite a lot both on and off road I decided to give it a go. We had guest speakers and council people up for election in their local council. After introductions by the organiser we all about to head out with camera people from ABC TV taking many, many pictures of us all! At 11.00, we were set to go but there were still not many. I spoke to the organisers and asked them to wait until 11.30 and glad Stephen Yarwood that they did - we got Photo: Angus Kingston a good crowd turn up for the ride and they were coming from all corners and up and down the road. We headed around the city of Adelaide streets where I was the marshal and leader of the pack and even did the last bit myself. Myself and another organiser lead the group around and it was awesome, me, being the leader and leading the group to the botanic park, an awesome day. As we all got to the park, there were signs of relief and great joy with everyone arriving safely. Being a marshal and helping as well as the leader, I had an awesome time with the organisers and keeping all the young ones behind me so that they arrived safely and everyone obeyed all road rules, an AWESOME DAY!!! Thankyou BISA and Adelaide City Council. Maria Szczerba. .
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World First as CPRFC’s ‘Thirsty’ Slakes Public Thirst By Paul Anderson
It's time to celebrate South Australia's latest piece of cycling infrastructure, a truly unique – indeed unrepeatable – facility that not only makes cycling safer and more pleasurable but one day might even save a life (or slake a thirst at least). And no-one else has got one! Adjacent to the Torrens Linear Path at Hindmarsh, “Thirsty” is a leaf-shaped interactive sculptural installation conceived and created by the cycling community of the City of Charles Sturt and thereabouts, who came together as activists to initiate the Campaign for the Provision of Rehydration Facilities for Cyclists, or CPRFC.
Jeremy Miller in his Sunday best.
Lately the cycling press has been full of big dollar infrastructure stories from interstate; Brisbane's hub, Sydney's lanes, Perth's.... whatever. Just 'cos they're awash with mining revenues they think they can build the country's best cycling facilities, but I've got news for them!
Defined by the principal artist, Paul Anderson, as 'Adelaide's first Bidon Filling Station', 'Thirsty' might variously be described by the ungenerous as 'Adelaide's most expensive tap', by the tasteless as 'a sexy way to get a sweet drink of water', or by the gullible as 'a great source of little known cycling history'. Launched with fanfare and a parade of hysterical cyclists in period attire, 'Thirsty' first issued water on 5th December. Should you be cycling just downstream from the Brewery Gardens, keep your eyes out for a modestly mosaic-ed 'fallen leaf' with a little tap on the end. Unfortunately it's only Adelaide water...
'Sister' Bonnie Dowling
Cycling Roundup By Sam Powrie
The Australian Cycling Conference will be held on 17th/18th January 2011, in conjunction with the Tour Down Under. As a forum for academics, practitioners and advocates of cycling to present their cycling research and new cycling projects, it’s a great opportunity to network with other people in the cycling field – whether that’s research, policy development, planning, facility design, project implementation or product development. Visit the website for on-line registration or to find out about sponsorship opportunities: Adelaide BUG is for anyone who cycles in the Adelaide City Council areas of Adelaide and North Adelaide. See http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/group/adelaidebu g for the latest BUG news or contact Heather at The High Cost of Free Parking seminar with Professor Donald Shoup was held on the 4th November. Elliot Fishman from the Institute for Sensible Transport has made podcasts and powerpoint presentations available at Download presentations from leading transport experts including Professor Donald Shoup (described by the Wall Street Journal as a"parking rock star") and Professor Graham Currie, Australia's first Professor of Public Transport. There’s a new cycling mag available in Australia. t’s specifically targeted at he everyday bicycle user and bike lover. It’s called Treadlie! More details are available at: http://treadlie.com.au
DTEI have launched their road safety web site at: There is a prominent section for bicycle users and a very informative newsletter section. SA, in conjunction with the Federal Gov’t, is reviewing road safety policies. Paula Norman, Manager, Safer People Road Safety Directorate in DTEI writes ‘we will be putting up on the DTEI website a copy of the report from the stakeholder workshops that were conducted earlier this year along with a report on the community forums undertaken throughout September… The Road Safety Advisory Council is currently considering all feedback received as input into a draft Strategy and Prof Wegman will be back in Adelaide early in year [Ed; in 2011] to deliver his final report.’ BISA is representing everyday bicycle users in this process and will keep members informed of any improvements or changes. Pedal Update
Adelaide Hills Council is seeking feedback from bicycle users regarding ‘black spots’ that may need their attention. They have asked cycling champion to coordinate feedback. If you have any suggestions please send to Katie at
A ‘Near Bus’ Experience.
By Andrew Forth
Andrew Forth writes about a ‘near-bus’ experience… ‘Yesterday at approximately 5:30pm, while riding home, I got forced off the road, into the curb, by bus 2532 in front of the Adelaide Oval. Over the last year, I've been put in some really dangerous situations by the questionable driving of Metro Adelaide buses. What do you think is the best way I should follow up this concern?’ There are a couple of things Andrew should do. 1. Make sure he has the bus science and any other identifying numbers, as well as the time, place etc. 2. Make a record of the circumstances and a description of the driver and his/her behaviour. 3. Make a report asap via the SAPOL Traffic Watch web site or phone number: 131 444. ( : ‘The SA Police have set up a "Traffic Watch" service for reporting these issues. Just ring the number below, provide the relevant details, and the Police will follow up your complaint. While charges may not be laid, the motorist in question will generally receive at least a cautionary phone call from the Police, with possibly an official warning, or in more serious cases a fine or court summons. SAPOL keep data on all Traffic Watch reports and follow up errant drivers when patterns of negative behaviour become apparent.’ SPOL’s Traffic Watch website:
Remember to record: • The location of the dangerous driving • Vehicle details, including registration number and description of the vehicle • What exactly was the driving behaviour that you deemed to be dangerous or reckless • Time of the incident and… • Be prepared to provide your details and contact phone numbers.
Cycling North Part 2
Words and photos by Michael Dwyer I came to the planet earth and will remain for three hundred years to record the experiences of the most intelligent species. I was observed at Wycliffe Well and that observation has passed into myth and is used as a theme for the Caravan Park. A conundrum could defeat my purpose. The human race seems determined to continue on a path to extinction causing my study to be discontinued before the three hundred years are complete. Also, the most intelligent species might not be homo-sapiens after all because intelligent species do not extinguish themselves.
Wycliffe Well and the Alien
One should never interfere with the subjects of a study but because of the likely failure of this planet, I decided to subtly prompt a better path for the human race. I use coincidences to cause interactions which trigger huge changes just like that butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon causing a storm in Europe. That is why, as the locals say: "strange things happen at Barrow Creek". I had little to do with the deaths by spearing of the two telegraph operators a hundred years ago. 6
Indeed, I attempted to put into the minds of the people there, that hunting Kangaroo that day was a better idea. However, a Kadaitcha man felt my mind play and urged the warriors on to carry out the retribution. Nor did I have anything to do with the actual Falconio murder which happened near Barrow Creek though the body will never be found. It now has a new and happy life on another planet as has that little baby I moved from near Ayer’s rock.
“Strange things happen at Barrow Creek.” My study includes a micro examination of two earthlings. Their names are Denis and Michael and they are riding bicycles from Adelaide to Darwin. Life on all planets harvests, stores and uses energy and cyclists are of interest because they efficiently use the fuel from their own food for their journeys. This is interesting to me as nearly all other western culture earth people use the easy but temporary source of energy obtained from fossil fuels. Denis and Michael cycled from Adelaide and at one point camped near the Barrow Creek Hotel not far from Wycliffe Well. I needed them to talk with the grey nomads Robert and Jill so I caused the grass verge mower to hit an iron bar which was flung into Denis’ tent. It so happened that Jill had a sewing machine in their caravan so the social connection was made as the repair to the tent was carried out. The cyclists later met with Robert and Jill over drinks at the hotel. Robert was prompted to say where he was raised so Michael could discover that Robert was the most unruly childhood friend he had not seen for 45 years. I then directed Michael’s mind to the hyper inflated Zimbabwe dollar pinned on the hotel wall and this caused him to talk at length about the decline in world oil supplies. The purpose of my manipulations Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadata was then complete. The From there Robert would pass the Pedal Update
information on to another person in another place but that step, vital as it is to the future of the human race is not part of this story. The human race consumes fossil fuels as though the planet has a huge and boundless supply. This is a myth supporting the current consumer culture. In fact stocks will start to run short before 2015 and the last great oil shock will begin. Cycling should have remained the normal form of transport since its invention but around 1910 the internal combustion engine became popular. There was a health benefit lost too when cycling in the bush became outmoded. Cycling gave time for the shearers’ back to recover from the arduous work and that respite was lost when the shearers travelled on fast trucks to the next station.
Photo found at Maree of shearers circa 1910. attempting to turn the human race back to former modes of transport. A new culture will be necessary to live in a more rational and longer lasting mode. There are some signs that the importance of energy is being understood. The wind is starting to be harnessed on a larger scale and I continue to encourage these positive directions.
The Stuart Highway grass cutter, the ripped tent and the offending steel bar.
Many people in those early days used the energy of the horse for their travels. Sometimes, there were problems with this mode of transport. The photo below which was taken at the town of Marrabel on Denis and Michael’s first night out from Adelaide demonstrates this problem. Transport is vital for human beings and it is good to see that alternative methods of transport are being considered, even for Kangaroos. I am
Michael’s 60th at Barrow Creek with childhood friend
Better HARTS Mt Gambier By Josephine Duigan Better HARTS is located in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia and was established in 2007 with a Travel Smart grant from DTEI, and a small foundation grant from a local philanthropic organisation, standlikestone. Better HARTS has auspiced many opportunities for community members to be trained as Cycle Skills instructors and Bike Ed instructors. Bike Ed and Cycle Skills programs have been run by our members as volunteers in schools and the community since 2007. In March 2010, Better HARTS became incorporated and is affiliated with the recreation arm of Cycling SA. We are recognised as a local ‘not for profit’ organisation managed by a board of community volunteers and advocate for the benefits of cycling for leisure, as transport, as being kind to the environment and for the good health of all. The Board of Better HARTS Inc continues to promote events such as; Ride2 Work, Walk2Work, Ride2School and Walk2School and advocates for and promote smarter choices in all forms of transport. Visit: www.betterharts.com.au : “
Denis holding $25 billion dollar notes.
Helmets An on-going debate that wonâ€™t go away
By Jeremy Miller
Compulsory helmet legislation - probably the most vexed issue with cycling policy development and certainly the "elephant in the room" with lawmakers and transport advocates who want to get more people cycling more often. We all know someone, or have been there ourselves (myself included!) - and have the "I would be dead without a helmet" story to tell. Mine happened riding in the city doing a fast and hard right turn from Franklin into King William on my road bike on the way to work. The rear wheel catastrophically collapsed into the frame and I went flying over the handle bars head first - I still remember the sound my head made as it hit the ground closely followed by the rest of me. A woman who witnessed the accident was slightly hysterical as she thought I was dead (I did not move for a few seconds and was in a sort of foetal position). I had been travelling at about 40kph - my bike was lying on the road about 5 metres away when I got up slightly dazed - I did not have as clue what had just happened initially thought that I had overcooked the turn and put a pedal into the road - but quickly discounted that idea generally you only ever do that once and had 'been there done that' on a previous occasion. Some pedestrian came to help me out, and I still remember the car that drove right up to my bike and beeped their horn at me - "you might have had a near death experience, but get the f**k out of my way cyclist" kind of use of the horn. I realised what had happened to the bike when I went to move it and the rear wheel did not turn - it was sort-of potato chip shaped. Anyway, Bell helmet was in 3 pieces, I had whiplash and mild concussion and a very badly bruised hip and elbow. I was probably lucky that I was wearing a Goretex jacket at the time as it performed much the same way motorcycle leathers perform when sliding along the road... I also understand that cities need to have less people driving cars and more people cycling and walking. That speed limits need to be lower. That streets need to be designed for the movement of people, not just cars. That our public transport needs to be fully cycle integrated, and that there needs to be ubiquitous and user-friendly bicycle hire schemes dotted throughout Adelaide. Integrated street design, with an urban design framework that recognises the capture and storage of water in the environment as a key priority, is essential. Encouraging children to ride to school, ultra-local bicycle trips, shopping by bike, running errands, living locally, cycling to church (or other local community activities), cycling to work, recreation and utility cycling are the focus. Helmets prevent head injuries (and I know that there are arguments that state that helmets do not prevent all types of head injuries - but I am choosing to go with the fact that helmets do work to prevent serious brain injuries). Having known two people close to me suffer from acquired brain injuries (both as the result of automobile accidents) I am not unfamiliar with the results of head trauma. There is probably a good argu-
ment in this for having compulsory helmets for motorists - imagine that (but that's another story)... One the other side of this argument here is the cold statistical public health argument. Get rid of the compulsory helmet law - make it individual choice and yes - there will be individuals killed or permanently incapacitated as a result of serious head injury however, with more and more people cycling and using bicycles for daily transport in environments that not only encourage cycling, but that are safer for all road users (motorists included), then the overall public heath will be improved by more people engaging in active transport and the associated cardio vascular exercise and mental health benefits that exercise brings thus the health benefits to the community as a whole will be improved. It would, however, take a brave policy and law maker to repeal this law - the first person killed as a result of not wearing a helmet will be blamed on them, probably for some political point scoring by whichever party is in opposition at the time. So where does this leave the debate - perhaps back where it started. It is an emotive, personal and highly charged debate. Since the introduction of helmet laws we have literally had a generation of people grow up not knowing the experience of cycling without a helmet- would these people immediately fore-go their helmets should the law cease to exist? Would those advocates for cycling (myself included) who envisage a cycling future accept that there is much public good in NOT having helmet compulsion? Can we collectively vision a future scenario for our cities where helmets seem irrelevant for the majority of local cycling, but where road cyclists, mountain bike rides and other more 'risky' cyclists would of course wear a helmet? Surely the analysis of these future scenarios, risks and public policy need to be addressed through the lens of the planning and urban development and the role of bicycle use in the shape form and function of our cities, and that we seek to address the role of participation in cycling as an everyday activity within this urban environment. Weighing up the role of the bicycle as a tool for social change- do helmets help or hinder getting more people cycle more often? And what benefit does society receive as a whole from having a healthier, more active and locally focused population? Those questions are the ones that really need to be seriously addressed - it is a debate that needs to be hard headed, cold and calculating - but it is also a debate that needs to vision a future and give us the conceptual tools to work out how to get there. Jeremy Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org Photo: Safety First by Emerson.Utracik (Flickr.com)
BISA PODCAST December 2010 is now online http://www.bisa.asn.au/node/153 Pedal Update
Bikeless in Brisbane I was lucky enough to be flown to Brisbane for a few days work at the beginning of December. The last time I was in Brisbane was 1997, and there have been a lot of changes. I didn’t have a bike with me or unfortunately, as it turned out, a bike helmet. But I couldn’t help myself, I had to check out the cycling infrastructure in my spare time. Firstly I noticed that Brisbane CDB/Southbank is quite hilly. Then I noticed that despite this, or maybe even because of this, Brisbane has a lot of cyclists. I imagine the other reasons would include all the great bike paths and road treatments that I saw. I’m sure a local would be quick to point out deficiencies in the system, but I was getting bike-path envy, especially regarding the Bicentennial Bikeway1 and The Cliffs Boardwalk1 along the beautiful Brisbane River. Brisbane City Council proudly claims to have over 900 kms of bicycle paths, the outcome of its Brisbane Active Transport Strategy: Walking and Cycling Plan 2005-20102. Besides the many well sign posted off-road paths, the on-road treatments feature lots of green paint and design that assists cyclists in crossing vehicular traffic. Of course, that’s just paint on the road, and the essence of a successful cycling culture lies in attitude. Unfortunately I don’t think motor vehicle users are yet appreciative of cyclists, but it seems that Brisbane City Council is working towards that. Being bikeless in Brisbane, I was very keen to try out the hire bike scheme CityCycle (see: http://www.citycycle.com.au), launched on 1st October 2010. Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said at the launch “Its all part of my commitment to deliver $100 million in new bikeway infrastructure over four years Pedal Update
and part of the plan to move Brisbane forward and reduce congestion… We reduced the speed limit on CBD streets to 40 kph in readiness for this scheme, but we have also installed new Bicycle Awareness Zones and “share the road” signage, as well as road markings to make cycling in the CBD as safe as possible.” I saw bike stations everywhere, both established and being installed. The sturdy bikes come with a front basket, lock, lights, bell, and a step-through frame. They look great. What I didn’t see was people using them. After four days and three nights in Brisbane, I only saw one CityCycle bike in use. That’s not to say they aren’t being used. The excellent blog City Cycle: Bicycles for Brisbane (see: http://citycyclebrisbane.com) is a big fan of CityCycle and has lots of insightful posts about the program, that we in Adelaide would do well to take note of.
I rang the CityCycle phone number to find out about hiring a bike. The chap on the phone was very friendly, but I quickly found out that CityCycle was not an option for a tourist like me. To start with, I would have to purchase a helmet for $25. Then I would have to pay the casual subscriber fee of $11 a day – the next subscription bracket being $27.50 for 3 months. If I spent the minimum $36, that would allow me to hire a bike for free for the first 30 mins, or a cost of $2.20 for up to one hour. After one hour, the fees rise steeply. The idea of course is that the bikes are used for short commutes from one bike station to another. I would have loved to have taken advantage of this service, but I wasn’t prepared to pay a minimum $36 just to get started! Next time I’ll bring my own helmet.
cycle2city has the support of Brisbane City Council and Queensland Transport, cyclists have to make the decision to pay for this facility to support their commuting, rather than paying for public transport or the costs of driving to work. Prices range from $5-10 for a casual use (cost depending on services used) to $3.85/day for the 6 month membership which includes all services – secure bike parking, towel, shower, locker. The great thing about travelling is being able to see how other people do things, and to cultivate a cross-pollination of ideas. I feel enthused by the work going on in Brisbane, and I’m quite happy for EVERY city in Australia to be vying for the title “cycling capital of Australia”. Race to the top!
http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/documents/plans_strate gies/active_transport_strategy_cover_exec_summary.p df. “cycle2city”: http://www.cycle2city.com.au/site.php?content=home
Photo: Sophia MacRae
While in Brisbane, I checked out the CBD Bicycle Parking Station, cycle2city.3 This facility is an example of what we may have in Victoria Sqare if the cycling gods keep smiling on us. It is set up in the King George Square Station complex in the heart of the CBD, and squarely aimed at city commuters, open during the working week hours, offering showering and laundry facilities that are way better than what I have in my house! There is room for 420 bikes, currently the facility is at about half capacity. I chatted with the director John Hack, and he said ruefully that Brisbane commuters are still going through the behaviour change process. The cycle2city really offers everything a commuter could want, including a bike workshop and coffee. A really nice touch was the original artwork featured through out the building. The place feels very welcoming, and the effect on me was to feel valued and rewarded as a cyclist for choosing to ride my bike to work. Of course, this all costs money, and while 10
Adelaide Community Bicycle Workshop Report December Update. Well folks, it seems to have been a long time since BISA received the grant to establish the Adelaide Community Bicycle Workshop. In that time I feel that the money has been burning a hole in our pocket and itching to be spent. Try as we might we seemed to have no end of hassles finding a location to host the workshop since our initial offer in the Adelaide CBD evaporated. But things have a habit of turning around, and as I write this, a location in Plympton, in conjunction with the City of West Torrens, seems to have great potential. We are still to have the final seal of approval and are waiting with much anticipation that everything will be ok with the site and we will be good to go! Hopefully I will have more definite news in the New Year and can celebrate an opening.
Bikes for Refugees Garage Sale a Great Success. By Mike Brisco The Bikes for Refugees garage sale, on the 5th November raised $3326! Thirty bikes were sold. There was keen interest in the vintage bikes - a Bullock , a ladies Rainbow (complete with skirt guard), and a Healing and in good quality mountain bikes and hybrids. Many visitors took the opportunity to rummage through our stock of salvaged spare parts, snapping up clip-in pedals, brand-name running gear, wheels and bike racks at bargain prices. Andrew & ESM (Environmental & Science Media) made a 2-minute video of the sale – you can view it at http://www.vimeo.com/16605577 along with others depicting Adelaide’s cycling community. Photo: Jeremy Miller A quarter of the day’s takings - $842 has been forwarded to the Adelaide University, Office of Sustainability Australian Refugee ECORIDER CAMPAIGN, 2010 Association. ARA can use By Libby Dowling, Environmental Projects Officer, The University of Adelaide this money for small Ecoriders were in touch via a blog with seasoned University cyclists (BUG scholarship grants for school members) to mentor and provide insight into the intricacies of navigating city traffic, night children (sports gear, books, lighting and staying dry through the wet winter season. Over 11 weeks the Ecoriders etc). The remainder of the completed 803 trips to Uni and in doing so, saved approximately $4,000, 25,890 minutes funds raised will keep Bikes and 6 tonnes of carbon! The Ecorider feedback surveys after the campaign highlighted for Refugees going during the successful combination of campaign components to break through the barriers of 2011. It will pay for gear cycling to Uni. : The BicycleSA ‘Getting Riding’ course explained all the ins and outs cables, brake blocks, inner of commuting cycling. This was very insightful for Ecoriders who had not imagined tubes and puncture sealant. cycling could be comfortable! Besides a run down of road rules for cyclists, the value The scheme also creates a was in understanding the basics of what to wear, what to take, how to be seen and how Saturday afternoon job for 2 to cope in rain. With this in mind the Office of Sustainability assessed the Ecorider’s young people from refugee bikes and decked them out with new bike equipment essential for safety and comfort. backgrounds. Funds from the Lights, panniers and mud guards were the most garage sale will help pay their popular items provided. : Confidence was key particularly wages and this means we as many Ecoriders had not experienced riding can keep them on during distances or in the city environment. Using the bike 2011. computer to track speed and distance combined with My thanks to all who regular fitness testing was an obvious sign of personal helped, including in improvement. Picking up skills in the bike courses like publicising the sale - Angus turning right at traffic lights safely and fixing a puncture, put it out on the BISA website vastly improved the confidence levels of the riders. “Training gave me confidence; new cycling equipment and on AdelaideCyclists.com (panniers) made it much more convenient; having the and Scott posted the cycle computer and seeing the distance clocked helped catalogue on other bike to make commuting by bike a habit.” Katherine, Ecorider websites. Thanks also to : The motivation was the clincher! Being part of a committed people who donated items to cycling community encouraged the riders significantly and motivated them to get out on overcast days. Discussing some of the barriers like swooping magpies, punctures and sell, and who helped out on rain as a group via the blog lifted enthusiasm and maintained cycling. “The biggest the day. barrier for me was motivational. The Ecorider program was a big help by making me part There are still a few of a group that were all willing riders… When I wasn't riding I felt guilty because I knew bikes left over - so if you the others in the group were and that helped push me to make more of an effort” Renato, know someone who needs a Ecorider good sound secondhand bike - contact Mike. “I received pannier bags and I used one of them everyday except days when we had excursions and needed a backpack. The pedometer was good too - I like seeing those km's accumulate and also when I first started riding I could only go 8km/h up the hill now I can go up to 14 - I like to know I'm improving.” Leona, Ecorider “I think laziness was a major part of it. I had gotten into a routine that didn't involve cycling. Once I established a new routine I found I enjoyed riding.” Renato, Ecorider
Wind farms. New turbine tower on the Burra – Jamestown road.
Denis and Michael had to contend with another result of the fossil fuel culture - road trains. These carry the food and other materials which make a comfortable life possible in the outback. Fuel trucks are of course a necessity and dozens of these passed Denis and Michael on the Stuart Highway. The road trains were driven well by professional drivers and were of no concern but the road trains loaded with V8 cars for the Darwin race were consistently a menace to the cyclists. I watched their attention carefully and removed their daydreams of booze, petrol and sex when Speculative animal transport they were passing the cyclists. I also kept Denis and Michael clear of the crocodiles when they went swimming and boating further north but that is another chapter for another time. ‘Til then, keep the chain tight.
BISA’s Advocacy Framework, 2010-11 By Sam Powrie Wikipedia defines cycling advocacy as At it’s December meeting the BISA Committee adopted the following guidelines as a working document for allocating efforts towards bicycle advocacy activities. Why does BISA need such a framework? All voluntary-based advocacy - particularly if it is to be manageable, purposeful, sustainable and effective needs to proceed on an organised, agreed and strategic basis. We all need to know and have a shared understanding of what we are talking about and be assured that what we are taking on is both worthwhile and realistic. That’s all! It’s just a way of helping a disparate bunch of individuals work together efficiently and to a common purpose. And hopefully it will also help others to better understand what BISA is about. The full document (with lists of possible actions and criteria for measuring progress) will be posted at the BISA web site. All comments and suggestions are welcome. Please contact Jeremy Miller at email@example.com
It's important that the State Government generally and in particular the Minister for Transport knows our intentions and what we stand for and sees us as a useful ally rather than an adversary. Ministers and their departments need to know that we - as a voice for community cycling - will support any reasonable steps forward as long as they fit within BISA's concept of 'progress'. Purpose: BISA needs to clearly state what constitutes 'progress' when it comes to improving the situation for community cycling. We can’t discuss or identify ‘progress’ (or lack of it) in the absence of clear references to standards, research, evidence-based goals, community choices and so on. It is very important that the Government is constantly reminded that there is a substantial group of its constituents in the community who want to see a different and vastly improved approach to provisions for the bicycle on our roads. The whole of Government needs to be reminded who these people are and what they want and why it is important that there be a reasonable response. This means that bicycle users need an effective, timely, strategic and organised voice that communicates one clear message - that bicycle users mean business! Establish and/or help to maintain networks and forums that enable positive communication and information sharing between those interested in bicycle use and assist in developing solidarity and capacity for shared action. 12