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PEDAL UPDATE No. 199, Nov- December, 2010 ISSN 1321-1870

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Lessons from Boise Idaho Adelaide to Darwin by Bike Cycling News Roundup A Vision for Active Transport Pedal Update is the newsletter of the Bicycle Institute of South Australia Inc., and is published six times per year. BISA is incorporated in South Australia. Material published in Pedal Update is copyright. Articles and graphics may be copied and republished by non-profit organisations, provided that the author and Pedal Update are given credit. Opinions published in Pedal Update are not necessarily those of BISA. The Editor endeavours to ensure that information published is accurate, but recommends that readers contact the authors for confirmation if necessary. BISA’s Mission: To promote cycling for transport, fitness & recreation in S.A and to represent all cyclists at the local, state, and national levels by working collaboratively with other interest groups and governments.

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From The Chair It would be remiss of me to not make one of my normal comments about the change in the season. This year, after ill health and a particularly cold and dismal winter, I truly have spring fever! I am very excited about the warmer weather, and am looking forward to long rides that will start on warm summer mornings, and end before the afternoon heat. I am looking forward to bike building projects, and clearing out my shed, and re-evaluating how many bikes I actually need to have a full and balanced cycling life. The Bicycle Institute has been very busy the past few months. By the time you read this, our Community Ride for Adelaide’s Future would have occurred. As I write this brief report it looks like we are expecting quite a crowd. Hope that if you came it was a good day for you. I am excited to see such a large number of local council candidates who have responded positively to the ride. With the local council elections coming up it is a chance for them to discover and discuss with us how cycling has the power to “think globally, act locally”, guiding land use, urban planning and transport decisions creating healthy and vibrant local communities. This idea was behind the Bicycle Boulevard for Norwood forum that I spoke at in September. By creating iconic infrastructure that integrates not only with the local community, but that offers connectivity, and enhances destination choice, we can create a “ultra-local” cycling culture, and further develop the bicycle as an everyday transport choice. Something that Norwood, and other similar inner city ‘main street’ zones (think Unley, Hyde Park, Prospect, Magill, Brompton, Mile End, Eastwood) are all ideally placed to accomplish.

clear. I am hoping that in the next Pedal Update, the committee will have a final membership structure that we can start to publicise! I will be the first to admit this has been a long time coming – I am sure that it will be worth the wait! Happy Spring Cycling. Jeremy Miller, Chairperson BISA.

PARK(ing) Day

Members of BISA were also involved in the first Adelaide Park[ing] Day, where we rented a car parking space near the Central Markets to run a community bicycle workshop. By reclaiming this small piece of land for a few hours we were able to ‘re-purpose’ it for something other than just a car parking space, and offer a service to the community to discuss bicycle use and further promote cycling. Lastly, BISA has now formally affiliated (we paid our affiliation fee!!) with Cycling SA. BISA are very excited with this development and are looking forward to finalising the details and being able to offer an extended insurance package for those BISA members who want or need to extend their base membership. At this stage we are not anticipating any increase in the standard membership, but for those who want the insurance, it will be there as an optional extra. BISA is currently finalising this package, as we want to make sure that there is the right structure and fit for all our membership categories. In addition, we want to make sure that the administrative matters are perfectly


Vote for Cyclists: A new forum focussed on the November Council elections and called Vote for Cyclists has been established at the Adelaide Cyclists web site. Participation is invited from candidates for these elections. The forum’s purpose is to assist pro-cycling candidates to raise their profiles and to inform others of their election platforms. To participate a candidate needs to first join Adelaide Cyclists forum at: then join the Vote For Cyclists group.

GARAGE SALE Sat. 6th Nov Bikes for Refugees

Older and vintage bikes of interest & in need of some restoration. Collectors items, frames, parts, racks, wheels & accessories will all be up for grabs. See for the catalogue. Pedal Update

Bikes for Refugees Donations Top 1500!

Bikes for refugees’ recently received donated bike #1500 - a silver Mongoose BMX. We aim to have it back into use and with its new owner during September. This is a good time to say “Thank You” to all those who donate bikes and parts, who give their time to clean, service, and safety-check bikes and to bike businesses who support us. Recently our State government - through Zero Waste SA - issued a discussion paper canvassing approaches to reducing the environmental impact of things we no longer need. High on the list is - not just re-cycling - but re-use. BISA is already doing this here in South Australia. Bikes for Refugees, our scheme to re-use bikes - has been up & running since 2003! See: Draft South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2010-2015, Mike Brisco, Coordinator, BFR.

BFR’s 1500th donated bike [Photo: Mike Brisco]

Stop press: BFR are having a garage sale on Nov 6th. See for details.

BISA Committee, 2010 Jeremy Miller (Chairperson, BUG Coordination) 0438 837 372 Stephen Janes (Treasurer) 8204 9341(w) Olly Powell (Vice Chairperson) Sophia MacRae (Secretary) Bonny Dowling (Membership) Angus Kingston- Luke Hallam - Alan Sanderson - Sue Guscott Sue Carson Pedal Update

Release of An Australian Vision for Active Transport Active transport could save 16, 000 lives. In a recent media release the Cycling Promotion Fund, in coalition with several other key organisations urged Federal and State Governments to embrace active transport as part of the policy cure for the challenges of chronic disease, climate change, congestion and pollution. The Australian Vision for Active Transport sets out a nine point plan for a national approach to boosting participation in walking, cycling and public transport. Initiatives include support for infrastructure, social marketing campaigns, embedding health in planning principles and enhancing safety for walkers and bicycle users. "Encouraging Australians to use more active forms of transport rather than cars or taxis has a very wide range of benefits”, Vice President of the Australian Local Government Association, Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis said. "Once adopted, our vision for active transport in Australia has potential to impact at least five major areas of government policy: 1. local economy - towns with high levels of public transport use are wealthier, happier and more sustainable. 2. climate change and pollution - fewer cars reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality. 3. congestion - more cycle ways and footpat hs reduces cars on the road. 4. prevention - physical activity reduces chronic disease and social isolation. 5. savings for government - by easing the economic burden of chronic disease caused by inactivity. At the launch Dr Lyn Roberts, CEO National, Heart Foundation said, "We need to make these healthier transport choices the easier choices by re-fitting our communities to promote physical activity – not obesity. Physical inactivity is a major health problem in its own right. Disturbingly, about half of Australian adults (54%) are not sufficiently physically active to gain health benefits and this could lead to an estimated 16,000 premature deaths every year.” From the Cycling Promotion Fund. Ref: An Australian Vision for Active Transport: view/502/150 3

City – Outer Harbour Greenway Update the place – convoluted, crooked and with no clear connection to the Greenway route at either end. Now plans recently released for the related Woodville Road redevelopment for the first time explicitly acknowledge the Greenway and show a much improved, relatively straight and direct pathway with a clear linkage across Woodville Road to Belmore Terrace and without the major diversion around residential units evident in previous plans.

After a great deal of lobbying by BISA it appears that a proper planning process for the City-to-Outer Harbour Greenway is underway. Funding for a comprehensive study of the route has been provided and preliminary meetings have taken place. Both the Port Adelaide and Charles Sturt BUGs as well as BISA will be involved. BISA had been particularly concerned at the quite inadequate initial planning for a key section of the route between Woodville Road and Cheltenham Parade and passing through the controversial St Clair, Actil and Cheltenham redevelopment areas. The off road pathway shown on initial plans had been all over

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To quote from these plans; “DTEI have undertaken preliminary investigation of a fully linked Greenway along the Outer Harbor line. Results of the preliminary investigation place the Greenway on the northern side of the rail line, with consideration to making Belmore Terrace and Glenys Nunn Drive more cycling and pedestrian friendly, with the Greenway continuing as a 4m wide shared path through the Cheltenham development. The current shared path link, with a median cut through on Woodville Road, connecting Belmore Terrace and Glenys Nunn Drive, is envisaged as being upgraded to a pedestrian and cyclist actuated crossing, in line with current Greenway standards.” BISA looks forward to further progress for this major new bicycle route and will keep readers informed. See: Woodville Road Masterplan SA Government Greenway Policy (follow Greenways links)

Community Bicycle Workshop for Adelaide. An Update! As some of you might be aware, BISA secured a grant from Conservation SA and the Department of Premier and Cabinet to open a Community Bicycle Workshop in Adelaide. Initially, we were going to be opening this in conjunction with Renew Adelaide as part of the project to re-vitalise under utilised spaces within the Adelaide City Council. As reported in these pages earlier and in the Messenger Press, we were led to believe that an old crash repair business on Franklin Street was to be made available. For reasons unknown and not very well articulated, this space was withdrawn, leaving us without a location, or the ability to co-locate a project in conjunction with Renew. As frustrating as this was, 4

we have pressed on, looking at various locations, including within the Universities and out at the former Clipsal site at Bowden. Again, we got our hopes up with one of these sites, only to be informed that there might be potential contamination and access issues that would preclude our use of the space. With thanks to Ianto Ware from Renew, we are now in discussion with an inner west council in Adelaide about a space that is looking very likely. Fingers crossed this one will workout for us and the workshop will finally have a home. Jeremy Miller. Pedal Update

The Yin and Yang of Cycling Adelaide to Darwin Words and photos by Michael Dwyer

The cyclist slides all over the deep sand.

The best part was the worst part. The road through the Flinders Ranges via Hawker, Wilpena Pound and Blinman was much more scenic than the main Stuart Highway. Both are well sealed. The fun came after Maree when the bitumen was replaced by the sand, mud and rocks of the Oodnadata, Finke, Alice Springs stretch. Sand! The cyclist halts by falling off after great effort to just keep moving. Then he or she must push the bike through the sand on foot, also very hard work. One is then encouraged to get back on by a few miserable metres of smooth, hard ground. There is something special about the outback and I have no idea what it is. For us, the worst stretch was the best. It had that unknown quality about it; would we get through or would we leave our bleached bones somewhere along the way. Worse still, would we have to embarrassingly accept help from a grey nomad or station owner. The Pink Roadhouse owner at Oodnadata advised that the track via Finke to Alice was do-able but he didn't advise that the effort required was extreme. Rain held us up at Oodnadata for three days. 5

The Pink Road house owner in years gone by erected many informative signs for tourists to let them know firstly where they were and also of historical points of interest. The proprietor, a friendly host, obviously had no bicycle experience or he would have advised us to travel to Alice Springs via Coober Pedy as we had planned, longer but a much better road. We took his false advice and still made it through on the Finke, Alice Springs track. Tourists are a large part of human life in the desert. They are on holiday and in a silly mood when they rest at such places as William Creek. 'Graffiti' litters every wall including the ceiling.

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Long rides provide plenty of time to think. One can, if so inclined, make up a poem. 'Once a jolly cyclist camped by a billabong Thinking how everything used to be' Plagiarism running rife I know, but these lines soa ked up five days of thought. 'When trucks and cars ran on precious fossil fuels, you'll come reviving Australia with me.'

You can see the wind-break he built around his fire. This would have taken long hours to build and will probably be there for many a traveller in the years ahead. He said the water was good and there were 'black fish' which he ate from the billabong. He was planning to travel to Queensland for the winter and the fishing. For those cyclists interested in the technical aspects of travelling to Darwin, we suffered very few difficulties. A fold in a tube caused a flat but that was about it. My tyres were cut badly by the rocks in one Leigh Creek

Long rides are more about getting and holding a mood as about the strength in the legs. Long rides provide time to think and the bush is a really good place for this. As the Oodnadata Road House owner remarked, "You can think clearly out here."

Just arrived at the William Creek Hotel north of Maree and not in the mood to put on a smile

We met our jolly cyclist and I imagine he spent lots of time thinking. He would travel only about 20 km per day and when we met him, he was camped by the billabong for a couple of weeks spending no money and waiting for the next dole cheque. Dave sported a bicycle trailer

stretch. To keep moving, I reversed the tyre so further damage would be in the opposite direction. The tyre lasted until my return to Adelaide. I looked at the one below but thought it would be a poor spare for my bike. In the background of the photo above is the boom of an old monster used to drag out the coal. It is as big as a house. We burn Leigh Creek coal when we turn on the lights. It is a huge working, but running short of quality coal. This is the pattern of coal fields the world over. Continued on page 12

Dave, a jolly cyclist camped by a billabong north of Dunmara. Pedal Update


Lessons From By Olly Powell Idaho I recently found myself in the town of Boise, Idaho (pop. 580,000). The story behind this is long and related to solar cells, so I shall stick to more important topics, like cycling. Boise turned out to have some similarities with Adelaide. It was mostly flat, but with mountains at its doorstep, loads of university students, a river running through the middle, and hundreds of kilometres of world class MTB trails.

The CBD included a car-free precinct with bike stands every 10-20m. More relevant to me, the stands were full of bikes. In a single day I saw several tandems, several recumbents, an electric assist pedal taxi, loads of bike trailers and kiddie seats, plus the usual assortment of fixies, load bikes, cruisers, MTBs, and every-thing in between. All this without partic-ularly impressive cycling infrastructure on CBD streets! The main point of this story was that Boise happened to have a 26km linear park, and cycleway running alongside the river. It was conveniently located 1km from the city centre. The park backed onto my hotel, and I can report that it was heavily used from dawn to dusk. All 26km was perfectly smooth, wide bitumen, with a dividing line down the middle. Every road crossing had a superb tunnel, there were no blind corners, or narrow stretches. Translating this to the Adelaide context, I wonder what impact a Boise-standard linear park would do for the popularity of cycling here. A similar thought goes for the completion of a continuous bikeway along the coast. It was clear that in Boise, world class recreational cycling had led to significant increases in bike usage in adjacent areas. Pedal Update


The Boise CBD was well ahead of Adelaide in bike prevalence. On the other hand, the lack of a complete cycle network, and non-existent public transport had prevented Boise from making a larger dent in overall car usage outside the CBD and adjacent wealthy suburbs. All this leaves me somewhat enthusiastic for the prospects for Adelaide, and with greater appreciation for "recreational" cycling facilities as opposed to purely functional ones. Few cities come

blessed with a park system that runs clean from mountains to sea. With our own linear park, plus eventual completion of a coastal cycle way, we have awesome potential to create new cyclists. If this were complemented with a safe and functional network for the rest of the city then we would have both key elements in place for a truly great cycling culture in Adelaide. Olly Powell.

2011 Australian Cycling Conference The Australian Cycling Conference series continues in 2011 and will be held at the Rockford Adelaide.

The expanded 2-day, single-stream gathering will be held on Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 January. This conference provides an opportunity for academics, practitioners and advocates of cycling to present their cycling research and new cycling projects. It will be an excellent occasion to network with people involved in cycling research, policy development, planning and project implementation. The conference aims to develop and disseminate cycling research, knowledge and expertise.

The 2011 ride is on Sunday 16 January 2011 starting at the Unley Shopping Centre at 7am. Participants can undertake the full 110km loop or join the ride at Woodside for a 53km route. All riders will receive a Ride Like Crazy jersey or polo shirt. People reThe Ride Like Crazy website for 2011 is now live so get in early and don't miss out on the opportunity to take part in Ride Like Crazy 2011. Numbers are limited for this event. Ride Like Crazy 2010 was a huge success with nearly 2000 riders taking part and raising an amazing $160,000 for the nominated charities. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for participants throughout the day. Ride Like Crazy 2011 will help the fight against cancer with all profits supporting the Neurosurgical Research Foundation and the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation. Your support of Ride Like Crazy 2010 was welcomed and we would love to see you back on your bike in 2011. See for all information regarding this event. David Muir The Ride Like Crazy peloton

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Cycling Roundup By Sam Powrie

Cargo-bikes take off in Copenhagen:

Clarence Eckerson, Jr. of has completed the final chapter in his video-trilogy documenting cycling habits in Copenhagen. This short film shows the great enthusiasm with which people adopt practical cycling technology once they realize the possibilities. It demonstrates how 'family bikes' can be used to transport groceries, luggage, furniture and children across town in an efficient and healthy way. See it at:

In the UK, the non-profit Sustrans is pioneering a community-based method to reclaim streets from highspeed traffic and make neighborhoods safer and more sociable places. Called 'DIY Streets', the program brings neighbors together to help them redesign their streets in a way that puts people, safety, and streetlife first. See:

Cargo bikes take over Copenhagen.

Storage for 970 bikes

The Bike Apple:

Wednesday 18th August was the opening date for the "Fietsappel" ("Bike Apple"), an unwatched cycle park at a railway station in Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands. Travelers and visitors can park 970 bikes for free in this multi storey steel building in the shape of an Apple. See:

It isn't in the genes - Netherlands not always bike-friendly:

The Netherlands have not always been a bicycle paradise. For a couple of decades after WW2, cars dominated cities and towns. Then, in the 70s, a political decision was made to re-civilise the city centres. This video (via Copenhagenise) shows the contrast between then and now. See:

DIY streets:

Australian National Cycling Strategy 201116 Released.

Australia's Transport Ministers have outlined a new National Cycling Strategy, which aims to double the number of cyclists by 2016.and tackle climate change, traffic congestion and encourage healthier lifestyles.The data available shows that there were more than 1.9 million people cycling in Australia in 2008, up 21% over just three years. In addition, bicycles have out-sold cars every year over the last 10 years, with half of all Australian households owning at least one bike. The six key actions in the National Cycling Strategy include promoting the benefits of cycling for both recreation and commuting, working with employers to create cycle-friendly workplaces, extending networks of safe cycle routes and end-of-trip facilities, considering and addressing cycling needs in transport and land use planning, continuing programs to target cyclist safety and road user perceptions, developing national decision-making processes for investment in cycling and sharing best practice across the country. See

National Website Launched To Save Cyclists: The Bike Apple

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Safe Cycling Australia is a new national website seeking the support of Australian cyclists to lobby the State and Federal Government's for a Minimum Safe Passing Distance Rule of at least one (1) metre to be enshrined in law. This national response comes as a 9

Bicycle Boulevard

By Jeremy Miller

A Greenway for Norwood? How can we get more people cycling to and from work and school?” This is a question that Steven Marshall MP the State Member for Norwood has asked himself. Well, how indeed? One solution that has proved popular in other locations around the world is the establishment of bicycle boulevards. These are essentially linear shared use zones where the car is no longer king. Reducing speed limits, physical traffic calming measures, community engagement and street planting all add to the ‘sense of place’ and safety of the boulevard in question. Could this work in Adelaide? Well, Marshall seems to think so. The proposal that Marshall wants to put forward is to turn Beulah Road, Norwood into one such boulevard, there-by kick-starting other projects and local traffic management schemes in the process. On the 23rd of September I was one of a panel of three invited to speak at a community forum to introduce the idea, and garner some community feedback for the proposal. My colleagues on the panel were Christian Haag, CEO of Bicycle SA and Ian Radbone, Transport Planner for the City of Adelaide. The forum was well attended, with community and ratepayer representatives from Norwood, Kensington and Burnside, members of local cycling groups, State member for Adelaide, Rachel Sanderson MP, Max Stevens from Cycling SA, cycling activist extraordinaire Heather from Prospect, David Winderlich who is running for Mayor of NPSP, and many other familiar faces. Overall, the proposal, still very much an embryonic concept plan, was favourably received. Much discussion ensued about issues and infrastructure, barriers to entry for novice cyclists and getting the message out to the wider (non-cycling) community.

as to ease the passage of cyclists across these roads, would be a great step forward to encourage more people to use infrastructure like bicycle boulevards, be they placed on Beulah Road or other cycling arterials entering the city, and all the other metropolitan locations Jeremy Miller where required. This point highlights the need for considered and well thought out, integrated urban planning and design strategies. We all know that cycling infrastructure often disappears when needed the most. Often this is at points where jurisdictions for treatments begin and end. This discussion highlighted that in Norwood we could turn Beulah Road into one of the best cycling roads in Adelaide, but that if the novice cyclist feels intimidated and unsafe on the approach to Fullarton Road or Dequetteville Terrace, then we have failed to create an integrated and usable network that exhibits connectivity to all other parts of the city. BISA supports the concept of building a cycling boulevard in Norwood, and it is infrastructure we would love to see all over Adelaide. Hopefully with an injection of funding into the Greenways system, this network will finally come to be realised, integrated and completed, and cease to be really great ideas that remain lines on a map!

It was quite interesting to hear Ian Radbone discuss how the Adelaide City Council really wants more people cycling into the city, but that many novice cyclists view the city ring road (that is West Terrace, Greenhill Road, Fullarton Road, Dequetteville Terrace and the continuation around to Park Terrace down to Port Road) as being a real barrier to the city. This is the tension that exists between the need to keep 6 lanes of fast moving traffic flowing freely so that motorists do not take short cuts through the city, and the need for cyclists to get across, often at junctions that are not designated crossing points. For the slower and often more vulnerable road user, especially the cycling novice, this can be quite daunting and intimidating. Being able to design appropriate traffic islands and road treatments so 10

The forum was well attended. Photo: Steve Marshall

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The Man With Rubber Pedals Bruce Robinson from WA’s Sustainable Transport Coalition writes “I thought you might be interested in this poem - a version published by Warren Salomon in Freewheeling [Ed; Freewheeling was predecessor to Australian Cyclists] in August 1980... Consumerism is alive and well in the bikeshops, carbon fibre and all. I am not immune, sadly, from the urge to buy a flash bike, even though I know my riding is not flash enough to justify anything fancy. When in doubt, reread "The man with rubber pedals", and put the credit card away.

The Man With Rubber Pedals

You drop your head twelve inches, grip your handles tight and lift, As your calves and biceps swell, by Jingo, don't you shift, Then you reckon you've left He is wobbly, he is shifty and he scarce knows how to him and it's nearly time to slack, When you hear the ride; His gear is less than fifty, and his handle-bars are cursed rattle of his mud-guards at your back. wide. He can hold his own at sprinting - that is From crank to crank his tread is eighteen proved beyond a doubt, So the only way to beat him inches, and his frame, Is a pattern that was popular is to simply wear him out, You set a nice two-forty bat, when first the 'safety' came, And as you gain upon him and to yourself you hiss: "That man with rubber you are thinking "I must show, How a good man, on a pedals can't stand many miles of this." jigger that is up to date can go!" Then the townships travel past you So you fold your arms and pass him in an attiand the milestones rise tude of grace, when the beatific ahead, Till your thighs are smile across his open working stiffly and you're whiskered face, makes your feeling pretty dead, Still you conscience somehow smite force your ped'ling even and you as across his track you your handle-tips you clinch. whiz, lest you show him p'r'aps But the man with rubber too harshly what an utter mug pedals has n't shifted- not an he is, and when you think that inch. At last, in view of he's about a hundred yards be"business" and the "fast hind, that man with rubber pedapproaching night", You als goes completely from your decide that 't is best for you to mind, Till a darkness at your eltake the turning to the right; bow and a rattling in your ear, And as you swing around he Shows the man with rubber passes upright as the just, pedals is still battling in the rear. With that beatific smile of his Then you think with still glowing through the dust. some resentment, "This is not Are you cycling to Sans as this should be, This man Souci?, He'll be there to "do with rubber pedals, taking all From the pages of Freewheeling, August, 1980. you bad", He is on St Kilda Rd his pace from me', Such preEd: Warren Salomon and every Western camel pad, sumption is opposed to all the Be you cycling in the country, be you cycling in the canons of the game, And if I show him up, he's only town, That man with rubber pedals will be there to got himself to blame". take you down. So you drop your arms and lightly touch the Taken from The Bulletin Reciter, a collection of verses neatly-nickled head, With some ankling calculated just for recitation from "The Bulletin", first published 1897, to kill that fellow dead, But after half a mile or so, you Sydney. are astounded still to feel, That man with rubber pedBy McG

als hanging calmly on your wheel. So you argue out the question, and you're bustled to confess,That the man is what is technically known as N.T.S. Still, for such as he to push you is a thing you can't allow, He's asked for pace, and Holy Moses!, won't he get it now? Pedal Update With special thanks to Warren Salomon and Freewheeling Magazine.


Cont. from page 6. People have more time in the quiet of the bush. There are many art works north and I was particularly taken with these outstanding aboriginal figures at Aileron. Other works at Aileron included the owner's fine coffin in the restaurant. He is getting ready for the big day and will make one for you too for a small sum. Art and humour are closely related in the Australian bush. Is this number plate art, politics, humour or a mix of all three? It certainly had that Darwin flavour. Near Maree are a number of art works. If you want your own excellent art setting with a captive and interested audience look no further than the Oodnadata Track. This work suggests the Star Wars space opera character. Is the outback about time, thinking clearly, humour or life stripped of its clutter? The trip for Denis and me was not highlighted by individual best times and worst times but a magnificent pageant of events and surprises every day. I lost my wallet near Elliot with all those credit cards and bits of vital information. Comparing this to, for example, a chronic bad back put this upset in perspective. If anyone is passing that way, would they mind keeping an eye open? It's got maybe less than a thousand dollars in it.

Words & photos Michael Dwyer, 2010 Above: Artworks near Maree and below in the desert north of Maree

Cycling roundup continued... The Australian Bicycle Bag: Bruce Steer, noted Adelaide bicycle stalwart and co-builder of the original Adelaide LongBike, writes; "Hi Pedal Update, this made my day! Whilst thinking about a front basket for my bicycle I saw this on a bike tied up in Port Adelaide. As I looked and looked I thought that this ruggedly individual, aero-dynamic, sturdy front carry-all was surprisingly roomy and set to last a lifetime! Only in Australia! Cheers, Bruce Steer"

Photo: the all-Australian handlebar bag! (Bruce Steer).


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Pedal Update #199 Nov 2010- Bicycle Insitute of SA  
Pedal Update #199 Nov 2010- Bicycle Insitute of SA  

The Nov - Dec issue of the Bicycle Institute of SA's newsletter Pedal Update.