August 30, 2010
Bicycle Victoria and past Bicycle Tasmania President Tim Stredwick featured in this article on the Sandy Bay Rd Cycle/Walk way debate on Saturday 28th August with a photo from Fridays Critical Mass Ride. Our good friends at Drs for the Environment featured in this article below on 25th August: Read the rest of this entry »
August 30, 2010
A cold rainy afternoon provided a fine turnout of folk for August’s star studded Critical Mass Ride in Hobart. Sustainable Transport Minister Nick McKim and world renowned Danish Architect from Copenhagen Lars Gemzoe spoke to riders before a spin out along Sandy Bay Rd to Long Beach and back. Hobart City Council Deputy Mayor came along to the ride briefing to show her support.
Posted for the love of riding on rainy days by Liam.C
August 18, 2010
So there is a couple of weeks to go in the second consultation round for the Sandy Bay Cycle/Walk way project and things are hotting up. Helpful local residents have joined our efforts to promote the consultation in a rather different way through the launch of ‘Citizens opposed to the Sandy Bay Cycle Way’ and setting up their poster boy Jim Wilkinson MLC to stand up against the plan. Fair enough I say, people who have a lot to loose have a valid right to democratically exercise some protest activities but I’d suggest that lies and deliberate misquoting might not be the most ethical or politically correct way to go about it. Read on for a full summary of whats happening:
August 18, 2010
Its voting time again. This time for a a rep in Canberra. This role is sure to be a powerful one when it comes to mobilising funding for improving amenity in Denison for bicycle users. I have attended a candidate debate as well as reading through the policy statements and while there is not a huge amount of clarity as to what specifics each candidate offers the non competitive biking world it seems the Greens’ Geoff Couser and Independent Andrew Wilkie are the only genuine movers and shakers in the hot seat. Either way and I think we can look forward to some positive outcomes. Over all, the greens once again have come on top with regards to promises relating to developing bikeways and promoting cycling.
Posted for the love of electing people by Liam.C
August 18, 2010
I’ve visited Launceston a coupe of times in the last week and had a look at the new bike lanes that are being rolled out in the city. Have a look at what cycling south has written up for the details: http://www.cyclingsouth.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=48&Itemid=79 I was particularly impressed with the level of car congestion in the city and can only guess that this will lead to a great uptake in cycling on the new lanes. There is an active bicycle user group working hard in the area so check em out: www.tbug.org.au. Read the rest of this entry »
August 15, 2010
Future Doctors and Nurses support Sandy Bay Cycle/Walkway
When: Tuesday 17th August, 2010
Time: 3.30pm (1530)
Where: Cnr of Marieville Esplanade and Sandy Bay Rd
Local Health Professionals and students are urging the Hobart community to recognize the health benefits of the proposed Walk/Cycle way between Marieville Esplanade and Cartwright Reserve through supporting the plans drawn up by the Hobart City Council. This comes in the face of local opposition to the project from residents along the popular road in one of Hobart’s most affluent suburbs. Read the rest of this entry »
August 12, 2010
August 10, 2010
Went and checked this man talk at the UTAS Sandy Bay Campus and I’ll pop up a recording I made of it when time allows. Across the globe, cities and towns are seeking sustainable transport solutions to respond to a changing climate and increasing oil prices. But what is best practice in sustainable transport? And what pitfalls should we avoid? Dr Lee Schipper, Senior Research Engineer of Stanford University, will examine the good, the bad and the ugly from sustainable transport strategies trialled around the world.
August 9, 2010
I put on my most cycle chic clothes and rode my most cycle chic bike into Hobart today to participate in a focus group run by John Wadsley Planning Consultant and the Hobart City Council with a number of significant figures in the groups representing road users including Bicycle Tasmania, the RACT, the Motorcycle Group, Cycling South, CSIRO Battery Point Bicycle User Group and a few other notable characters. I was a little out of place amongst a couple of those who arrived by bike who were wearing clip clop shoes and rather daggy lycra/short combinations but I smugly felt satisfied that I’d dressed up for the occasion and made it in without a sweat. The session went for four hours and covered the usual stuff that goes with such a diverse range of people in the same room. My mouth unclamped itself a couple of times to help explain that a racing cyclist was different to a casual commuter bicycle user and that the safety of the road would actually improve resulting in less suffering in my line of work.. period. Otherwise though it seems that the HCC have thought through pretty much everything with the assistance of the consultants they put on the task and now its just a matter of somehow finding a solution to the grief stricken Sandy Bay Road Residents who will loose a couple of carparks. Read the rest of this entry »
Great news from the Mercury Newspaper on July 27th (Better late than never).
SOUTHERN Tasmanian councils have released their federal election wish list and say they have high hopes, despite all the attention politicians are showing to the marginal northern seats of Bass and Braddon.
Mayors and acting mayors of the 12 councils gathered at Bellerive ferry wharf yesterday for the chairman of the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority, Hobart Lord Mayor Rob Valentine, to outline their case.
He raised a $32 million plan to build an integrated network linking buses, cross-Derwent ferries, cycleways, satellite transport hubs and regional roads to reduce congestion, improve road safety and make public transport more efficient, safe and convenient for commuters. Read the rest of this entry »
August 8, 2010
So the weather forecast was clear and cold and I couldn’t think of a better idea than to pedal up the mountain and have a sniff around for some snow. No matter that I’d just finished work and didn’t feel like going home. My bike could carry all I needed to sleep atop Mt Wellington and watch the sunrise. What better transport could an adventurer desire? Below are some photos… Read the rest of this entry »
August 8, 2010
I just couldn’t resist posting up a few photos from the most recent Sunday Session at the Hobart Bike Kitchen. A bike was built from scratch for a new owner and another two headed off onto the roads for the first time with new owners. Special mention goes to a chinese make rescued from the Tip Shop which had travelled all the way from Mauritius on one of the Sea Shepard boats (This explained the rust) as well as the uni student from Delhi, India who rode in on a very slow looking clunky mountain bike and rode out on a very smart and speedy oldschool road bike. Good on em. See the pics below for all the action. Read the rest of this entry »