[YarraBUG-list] Yarra Bicycle Users Group: June Newsletter 2009

Yarra Bicycle Users Group enquiries at yarrabug.org
Wed Jun 10 00:50:24 AEST 2009

In this months **absolutely chockas **June newsletter:*

    * City of Yarra Bicycle Advisory Committee
    * YarraBUG Advocacy Committee
    * BUG Activities Committee
    * 3CR Radiothon - People Powered Radio!
    * Radio for Kids on 3CR - Kids talk about bike riding
    * Police cracking down on bicycle infringements around Melbourne
    * Cycling & Transport News
    * Rides, Courses and Events

1. **City of Yarra Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) **- 10 June 2009*
Apologies for the late notice, as we only received the news Tuesday 
afternoon! Location: Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, 6.30pm- 
7:30pm, Councillors Lounge 1
Please contact Jane Waldock (Manager Strategic Transport) whether you 
plan to attend. Ph: 9205 5733 email: Jane.WaldockATyarracity.vic.gov.au

The agenda includes items for a new focus for the BAC, developing 
specific strategies and objectives for BAC, initial ideas, promote 
compliant and safe cycling, addressing non-compliant motorists,
safe night and winter riding and an update on the Yarra Bicycle Strategy.

Please attend this meeting on Wednesday evening if you can, as the BUG 
is forming a new Advocacy Commitee (see below) and as Richard Smithers 
is no longer Transport Coordinator  at the City of Yarra, we all need to 
keep support for cycling issues strongly on the agenda with the City of 

BAC Agenda June 10:

2. YarraBUG Advocacy Committee*
As mentioned in our May newsletter, the BUG is forming a new Advocacy 
Committee and we want to know your thoughts and feedback about issues 
and ideas that interest and concern you. We want to hear from riders who 
travel, work and especially cycle through the suburbs of Abbotsford, 
Alphington, Burnley, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Cremorne, Collingwood, 
Fairfield, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Princes Hill and Richmond.

Cycling encompasses many aspects, including cycling for transport, 
cycling for recreation, cycling for sport and sustainable transport when 
mixed with other modes like public transport. Is there a local road 
issue you want something done about? Are there sustainable transport 
issues that concern you? Are you interested in writing submissions and 
correspondence to help cycling become even more popular and accessible? 
If this interests you please contact us at YarraBUG, 
enquiries at yarrabug.org or send a note via our contact page: 

*3. BUG Activities Committee*
Want to help getting more BUG activities organised? Obviously we're 
stretched pretty thin at the moment, but if you're more interested in 
activities for example such as beginners rides, bicycle maintenance, 
training rides, themed rides, cycle tours, coffee rides, car-sharing to 
rides outside Melbourne, shop rides and generally any fun stuff 
involving bikes and cycling, then let us know!
Again, if this interests you please contact us at YarraBUG, 
enquiries at yarrabug.org or send a note via our contact page: 

*4. **Support YarraBUG Radio during 3CRs Radiothon** - People Powered 
It's 3CR Community Radio's annual Radiothon! Donate to 3CR so they can 
reach $210 000. 3CR has been broadcasting radio for the people, by the 
people since 1976 with the support of the people.  Call 3CR today (03 
9419 8377) or donate online:

Community Radio 3CR Donor Drive:

Donate by June 14 and please state that your pledge is for ***YarraBUG 
Radio***, so you can go into our draw for 6 great prize packs which 
include the following:

- Three "Six Six One" skater style helmets - these have foam inserts for 
3 sizes.
- Two Infini lights (front & rear)
- Five Easyfit BBB bells -these lights & bells are wrap around ones & 
don't require mountings.
- 10 x puncture repairs kits
- 2 bags of plastic bicycle pins, each bag contains 12 cute little 
multi-coloured pins.
- 2 sets of six CPF cycling posters
- Six North East Valley ride guides and vouchers worth $400

Radiothon prizes donated by Abbotsford Cycles, Human Powered Cycles, 
Cycling Promotion Fund & North East Valleys Victoria.

*Listen to recent YarraBUG Radio shows*

Monday June 8th, 2009
On this weeks 3CR People Powered Radiothon edition, Sonya, Emelia, Steve 
& Chris chat about the great prize giveaways we have for Radiothon 
donors to this week's show.  See below for details for the YarraBUG 
Radiothon prize draw! We also talk about our weeks bike moments, Sonya 
interviews Janet Rice and Sean Murray about the amazing "Mega Bike" (or 
Bike-o-saurus) and we preview upcoming bicycle & transport events.

Monday June 1st, 2009
On this weeks podcast, Rob and Val discuss "The Collectors" Early Bikes 
show from ABCTV and Charlie and Paul Farren's collection of pre-1900's 
bicycles and velocipedes. We also visit, the latest trendy Cargo Bikes, 
the 100th Anniversary Giro d'Italia wrap-up, recent CBD police action on 
pedestrian and bicycle law enforcements and the latest on news and events.

Monday May 25th, 2009
This week Steve and Chris discuss the recent police "blitz" on cyclists 
in the CBD and do a recap on the Blessing of the Bicycles from October 2008.


5. Radio for Kids on 3CR - Kids talk about bike riding*
In this podcast from May 10 - Kids talk about bike riding. Radio for 
Kids is broadcast on the last Wednesday 3CR Breakfast Program of each 
month at 8.20am The focus of Radio for Kids is to interview young people 
from primary age to their mid teens, with a belief that kids are very 
socially aware and can often be asked questions that would be asked to 
More details & listen to the podcast: http://www.yarrabug.org/radio/?p=249


6. Police cracking down on** bicycle infringements around Melbourne*
 From Rob: Police are continuing bicycle infringements around Melbourne 
& Victoria - so be warned! Put bluntly, police are checking bikes for 
warning devices, lights, reflectors, helmets
Rob had a chat with a senior officer from the Police Bicycle Unit 
recently at VicPol HQ, basically they are seeking simple compliance with 
what are very basic road rules for cyclists. Police accept that across 
all road users compliance is not great, as evidenced in the stats, but 
the infringements issued are tiny in the scheme of motorists, 
pedestrians and cyclist operating across the city and suburbs.

The bottom line is they are seeking cooperation in close quarters in the 
CBD, especially around the high pedestrian cyclist precincts. But what 
will be/is being rolled out across the MTMU is infringements to riders 
who are on bicycles that are non-compliant, so don't say you haven't 
been warned if you dont have an effective brake or as warning device 
(bell or horn) or a rear reflector for daylight riding, and lights front 
and rear for low light conditions (night, tunnels, solar eclipse!) 
Basically lights are not just for night, its for when illumination is 
necessary. Also when on shared paths and mixed precincts please WARN all 
peds of your presence with a ring/honk, before overtaking them. Put 
simply, the police are frowning upon 'stealth ninja riding tactics'  and 
it will cost you money, if not worse.

Victorian Police News: Results for city blitz. Friday,15 May 2009 8:19pm

550 penalty notices over four days:
392 pedestrians: On the spot $57 fines
93 motorcyclists: Various offences. Fines range from $57 to $227.
72 cyclists: $227 on-the-spot fine for riding through a red light.

Further discussion on Melbourne Cyclist:

7. Cycling & Transport News

*The Collectors ABC1 TV: Early Bikes 29 May 2009*
 From The Collectors: Paul Farren says he and his wife Charlie probably 
have 85% of the pre -1900s bicycles in Australia, and all under one 
roof. Thirty years of hunting them down and collecting has resulted in 
one of the top 10 early bike collections in the world - it includes 160 
pre-1900 bicycles, some post-1900 bikes, tricycles, hobby horses, and 
penny farthings.

Watch the segment on either the ABC or Melbourne Cyclist:

Bike Radar: Two-wheeled solution to London's Tube strike chaos (9 June 
A Tube strike due to start this afternoon could encourage more commuters 
in London to cycle to work. At least that's the hope of the London 
Cycling Campaign (LCC), who have set up a Bike the Strike website with 
recommended cycling routes from various boroughs to central London.

*The Age: Foldable bike wins design award (30 May 2009)*
About the time Robert Dumaresq was choosing his project for the final 
year of his industrial design degree, Melbourne commuters were being 
banned from carrying bikes on trains during rush hours.
The controversial ban was reversed but the issue inspired the then 
22-year-old Monash University student to create what he now calls the 
"switch commuter bike" --- a high-performance bike that folds into the 
footprint of just one wheel.

*Metlink: Bikes and public transport*
Re-visiting the bicycles-on-train topic for a moment, Metlink have 
recently updated this information:
This page provides information to help you get around safely and easily 
when combining bike riding with public transport travel.

Bicycle Federation of Australia: May Newsletter
Going Solar: Transport Newsletters*

8. Rides, Courses and Events*

Also see our combined Rides and Events calendar:*

*Human Powered Cycles Training - Bike maintenance training calendar*
The registration fee for regular introductory and intermediate training 
sessions all include a copy of Save My Bike: A Beginner's Guide to Bike 
Maintenance (Jordan Wilson and Chris Southwood, 2007). More details: 

*Bicycle Music Festival in Australia?*
Kristen on Melbourne Cyclist asks - " ... Hi, wondering if there are any 
people on Melbourne Cyclist who'd like a Bicycle Music Festival to start 
up in Victoria. If so please join the Melbourne Cyclist 'Bicycle Music 
Festival' Group. Also....if you're a musician (amateur or pro) who rides 
a bicycle , please let me know. Ideas and comments are welcome ...." So 
if you're interested either join the Music Festival Group on Melb 
Cyclist: www.melbournecyclist.com

*Crohn's Crusaders: the ride of their lives*
We've all watched our Tour de France heroes on TV and marvelled at their 
amazing feats of endurance and super-human aerobic capacity. But, is it 
possible for a normal everyday person to complete the course? That's the 
challenge facing Damian Watson, a normal everyday guy from Melbourne, 
attempting to tackle the entire 2009 course to see if it is possible for 
a normal person to conquer. Along the way Damian will raise funds and 
awareness for Crohn's and Colitis Australia (CCA).
Support Damian and his great ride: http://www.thecrusaders.com.au

*DoubleOhTwo presents "Hot Ride" at Kick Gallery - Runs to June 13*
Love bicycles? Love bicycles as art? Then get along to Kick Gallery - 
239 High Street, Northcote,  Open Wednesday - Friday from 11am to 7pm, 
Saturday from Noon to 5pm
DoubleOhTwo was the artists number when he worked as a bicycle messenger 
in Sydney from 1995 to 2002.
DoubleOhTwo blog: http://ohoh2.blogspot.com/
Kick Gallery: http://www.kickgallery.com/

*National Climate Emergency Rally - 1pm, Saturday, June 13
*State Library, Melbourne (march to Treasury Gardens) 6 months to 
Copenhagen and a crucial vote on the Carbon Pollution Law in Senate. Now 
is the time to show you care. Speakers and entertainment includes: Peter 
Marshall - United Firefighters Union, Emeretta Cross -Tuvaluan climate 
activist, David Spratt - author Climate Code Red, Greens leader Senator 
Bob Brown, Rod Quantock - Melbourne comedian and Taegen Edwards - Yarra 
Climate Action Now. Music by Melting Pot. Bring noise making instruments 
if you can. Please tell your family, friends and workmates.
Download a leaflet http://www.climateactioncentre.org/junerally

*Bicycle Swap Meet - June 14*
MTB, Road, Track, BMX, Fixed, Retro, Antique, anything on 2 wheels. Have 
faith, come gather with fellow worshippers and purge the sin of hoarding 
parts you will never use, and fill yourself with the love of new ones 
for your next bicycle project. Sellers: 9am, Buyers: 10am. Cost: Free 
for buyers / $5 for sellers Where: 25 Easey St, Collingwood
More at: http://www.fyxomatosis.com

*Trailmix Social Rides - Lysterfield Park: Women's Social Ride (MTB) - 
Sunday June 14 at 9am. *
Meet at shop for an hour ride. Tuesday night ride - leave at 6.30pm from 
Trailmix. All welcome. Ride for about an hour. Riding now using lights! 
Trailmix: Lysterfield Park, you can find Trailmix lakeside in-between 
the Horswood Rd entrance and the dam wall. Ph: (03) 8790 4402, E: 
rob at trailmix.com.auMore information: 

*My Mountain MTB Shop Ride - 14 June*
My Mountain are having another shop ride along on Yarra River on the 
14th of June. Meeting @ My Mountain 398 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, 
9.30am for a 10am start, rolling down to the Yarra flats. They will be 
riding till 1.30pm and stopping for a drink and chat at the Fairfield 
Boathouse afterwards. All levels will be catered for, the ride will be 
breaking into small groups so everyone is of all of the same abillity. 
This is open to all levels of riders so feel free to bring along a 
friend for a MTB ride with a great bunch of friends

*Amy Gillett Foundation Fundraiser: Warm up for the Tour de France - 
June 18*
Get your cycling mates together to share a night in celebrating good 
food, good culture and the upcoming Tour De France! Held at Cinema Nova, 
guests will be treated to a pre Tour de France party with special 
appearance by cycling legend Phil Anderson prior to the screening of the 
film "Hell on Wheels". Each guest attending this event will 
automatically go into the draw to win one out of three cycling jerseys 
provided by Brunetti, The Adventure Travel Company, and Italian 
Immersions as well as receive a co-memorable gift bag filled with edible 
delights and cycling gear. Brunetti is proud to support the Amy Gillett 
foundation by donating profits raised through this event.

The Amy Gillett Foundation is a Road Safety related charity aimed to 
promote awareness and safety between motorists and cyclists.

Date : Thursday 18th June 2009, Time : 7:00pm, Location: Cinema Nova, 
380 Lygon Street, Carlton. Price : $30.00 Includes light snacks, gift 
bag, automatic entry into prize draw. More information contact: 
Stephanie De Francesco: (03) 9347 2801, Email: stephanie at brunetti.com.au

*Geelong Full Moon Bike Ride - 20th June*
The Geelong Full Moon Bike Rides Board of Directors has decreed that 
this months' ride should encompass the winter solstice on Saturday the 
20th June. The ride takes in quiet back streets, parklands and the 
Barwon & Moorabool River trails. We meet at 6pm at Cafe 9 Zero at 90 
Pakington St, Geelong West. The ride should conclude about 10.30pm.
More information can be found at: www.myspace.com/fullmoonbikeridesgeelong

BikeFun Melbourne Winter Solstice Ride - 20th June*
Meet at IMAX at 8pm. A friendly ride to a (semi) secret location and 
bonfire!  Bring: A piece of wood! water, some snacks to share & warm 
clothes. We will stop on the way for a drink and to gather supplies. A 
trailer would be handy too, if you have one.  All welcome!  Please pass 
this invite on...   PLUS! As a special addition this year, the good 
people from WUCW have officially endorsed this as a franchised event. 
So... bring a tent & wake up to the sound of container ships!  

Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Project*
How do we achieve zero carbon in 10 years and how do we make the 
policymakers sit up and pay attention? To find out, join one of our 
working groups (including transport) and be at the forefront of climate 
change science, solutions and policy in Australia.April - November 2009
Venue: Kindness House, 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. More Info: Email 
elena.mcmaster at gmail.com or call 04095 03163 for details of working 
group meetings and to register.

*Ride2Power - 24th June*
Ride2Power is a bike journey from Melbourne to Power Shift in Sydney 
through not only the amazing Australia countryside but also their minds, 
bodies and souls. Along the way they will meet with people from all 
walks of life and hear the stories that make the Power Shift mission all 
the more poignant. Spanning over 18 days and 950 kilometres, they will 
meet and chat with Power Shifters in many inland centres to gauge the 
levels of concern and awareness for the government's carbon emission 
goals. They will meet with politicians, activists and the general 
public. If you'd like wish a bon voyage to Michael Crowe and the team 
when they leave Melbourne on 23 June, please contact him at: 
crowy23 at hotmail.com.
More information at: http://www.youthclimatecoalition.org

*Whittlesea Challenge - 29th August*
The Whittlesea Challenge will take place again on Saturday 29th August.  
Building on the success of last year's inaugural event this year's event 
will see a number of improvements and additions sure to make it an even 
bigger and better event. Entries open soon so keep your eye on 
http://www.cyclosportifvic.com.au/ for further details.

*2nd Annual Canberra Vintage & Classic Bicycle Ride - 20th September*
A great opportunity for owners of, and those interested in, old bicycles 
(pre 1985) to meet and ride around a 7km section of Canberra's 
picturesque Lake Burley Griffin. Enjoy a great day of viewing old 
cycles, talking with other enthusiasts and a leisurely ride around your 
Capitals famous lake in springtime bloom. Registration forms available 
from; Trevor Shone, Email address; fasifern at bigpond.com.au or Phone 0418 
619 831


Yarra Bicycle Users Group
PO Box 253
Clifton Hill VIC 3068

Listen to YarraBUG Radio
Every Monday morning 10-10.30am on 3CR Community Radio
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Abbotsford, Alphington, Burnley, Carlton North,
Clifton Hill, Cremorne, Collingwood, Fairfield,
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Yarra Bicycle Users Group Inc.
PO Box 253
Clifton Hill VIC 3068

Listen to YarraBUG Radio
Every Monday morning 10-10.30am on 3CR Community Radio
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Abbotsford, Alphington, Burnley, Carlton North,
Clifton Hill, Cremorne, Collingwood, Fairfield,
Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Princes Hill, Richmond
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