[YarraBUG-list] September News update - Carlton Gardens issues + more

Yarra Bicycle Users Group enquiries at yarrabug.org
Fri Sep 18 14:19:41 AEST 2009

*In this news update:

    * Latest YarraBUG Radio Podcast
    * Merri Creek Path - Clifton Hill Rail Project
    *  From City of Yarra - Closure: Shared user path adjacent to
      Burnley Golf course
    * News from City of Yarra: Blessing of the Bikes celebrates cycling
    * Cycling Tips: Hats Off To Wendy
    * The Age: Thieves pedal off with $42,000 bike haul
    * Pirate Picnic Ride
    * Ladies Who Leisure Bicycle Ride
    * Could you teach beginners to ride a bike?
    * Bicycle Swap Meet - Hosted by Vintage Cycle Club of Victoria at
      Abbotsford Cycles
    * 3CR walking tours at Melbourne Fringe
    * Across the nation for organ donation - Perth to Melbourne by
      bicycle for organ donation


**1. Latest YarraBUG Radio Podcast: *interview with Nik Dow, re Carlton 
Gardens issues:
This week Val and Chris speak to Nik Dow about cyclists being fined by 
City of Melbourne rangers and the police for riding through Carlton Gardens.

*2. Merri Creek Path - Clifton Hill Rail Project:* The section of the 
Merri Creek path linking the Rushall station precinct to Fairfield Park 
under the railway line and Heidelberg Road has re-opened following 
redevelopment. The path has been closed for a year because of the 
Clifton Hill rail duplication project. There's now a path connection to 
the playing fields on Heidelberg Rd.

*3. From City of Yarra - Closure: Shared user path adjacent to Burnley 
Golf course*
Heads up from City of Yarra - The Survey Paddock Trail, between Kevin 
Bartlett Reserve and Twickenham Crescent, Richmond (Melways ref: 2H, J12 
& K12) will soon be disrupted for two to three weeks from the end of 
August due to work on the Southern Link Upgrade Project. The Survey 
Paddock Trail is mostly used by commuter cyclists that use the Heyington 
Bridge to Toorak. The South Link Upgrade (SLU) project is in the process 
of reinstating the shared user path immediately adjacent to the Burnley 
golf course. As part of these SLU will replace parts of the damaged 
fence adjacent to the freeway and lay asphalt over the existing path. 
These works are in progress and will take anywhere between 2 to 3 weeks 
to complete.

*4. News from City of Yarra: Blessing of the Bikes celebrates cycling *
Edinburgh Gardens will play host to hundreds of cyclists and their bikes 
when Yarra's second annual Blessing of the Bikes is held on Sunday 4 
October. Yarra Mayor Cr Amanda Stone said the event was a celebration of 
cycling, with blessings from a number of faiths. Jointly organised by 
Yarra City Council and the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, the event will 
be held in the gardens, near the rotunda in St Georges Road, from 
12pm-1pm. "Yarra has the highest rate of cycling of any Victorian 
municipality, so it makes sense that we would be home to this 
celebration of all things cycling," Cr Stone said.
"All cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts, including serious riders and 
families with children on tag-alongs and tricycles, are welcome to enjoy 
an hour relaxing in the park," she said.

*5. Cycling Tips: Hats Off To Wendy*
 >From Cycling Tips blog: A couple weeks ago you might remember this 
post where Herald Sun columnist Wendy Hargreaves rubbed many thousands 
of cyclists the wrong way. Well on Friday Wendy took me up on the 
challenge of stepping into our shoes for a morning and go for a ride 
with a few of us.

*6. The Age: Thieves pedal off with $42,000 bike haul*
A cycling team lost $42,000 of cycling equipment when the team's minibus 
was burgled in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. The goods were 
stolen from the minibus, which was parked in Young Street, sometime 
between 12.20am and 6am last Monday, police said. Please contact  
Victoria Police if you know anything regarding the theft or whereabouts 
of this cycling equipment


*7. Pirate Picnic Ride [BFM]* Sat 19 Sep 12:00 -- Sat 19 Sep 15:00. Meet 
at IMAX Carlton. It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Let's dress 
like pirates and ride to Port Phillip to enjoy a picnic. Bring fish 
dishes, fish snacks, fish stories & rum drinks.Meet 12 noon at iMAX 
Rathdowne St Carlton. Organiser X-Rider:  0417 145 375

*8. Ladies Who Leisure Bicycle Ride* - Sun, 20 September, 13:00 -- 
16:00:Rotunda in Edinburgh Gardens. A short and sweet leisurely ride for 
the ladies ... Sunday 20th September 1pm at the Rotunda in the Edinburgh 
Gardens. The ride is less than 10km with a coffee stop & all bicycles 
are welcome! Contact Casey Moira for more details Musstuppence[AT]gmail.com

*9. Bicycle Swap Meet - Hosted by Vintage Cycle Club of Vic - Saturday 
24 October 2009*
BRING, BUY, SWAP, SELL - precious bicycle junk, 9 am - 1pm, Rear of 
Abbotsford Cycles, 27 Swan St, Richmond (under the station)
- Sellers set up,  8 - 9 am   $10 fee
- Browsers & buyers, 9 - 1 pm   $gold coin donation. A few trestle 
tables will be available on first come first served basis, but if 
possible BYO. Interested sellers should register with 
Charlie:farren at vicnet.net.au or tel 9827 4453. Please circulate this 

*10. Could you teach beginners to ride a bike?*
 >From Jika Jika Community Centre: The Jika Jika Community Centre (in 
Northcote) runs a program called 'Learn to Ride from Scratch', in which 
trained volunteers teach absolute beginners of all ages (usually adults) 
the basics of riding a bike. The program is currently looking for new 
tutors, and I thought some of you might be interested. I've been 
tutoring in the program for a couple of years now and recommend it very 
highly -- watching someone pedal for the first time is an incredibly 
exciting feeling, and is a very practical way to share the love of bike 
riding with people who otherwise might not experience it. So far my 
students have ranged from people in their late teens/early twenties, to 
women in their 60s.

Each learner receives 3 separate one-on-one sessions with a volunteer 
tutor. Tutors let Jika Jika know when they are available, and Jika Jika 
then pairs them with students accordingly. Volunteers will receive 
training in the program's teaching method. If you are interested in 
getting involved, please contact Max Sargeant on 9482 5100 or email 

11. 3CR walking tours at Melbourne Fringe*
3CR launches into the Melbourne Fringe Festival (23 September - 11 
October) with our very own events! Join a People's Tour and discover 
some of Melbourne's hidden histories with these uniquely personal tours, 
on every Sunday of Fringe. The FREE launch is Saturday 26 September with 
Tour #1 A musician's life with Irine Vela: Horse Bazaar, 397 Little 
Lonsdale St, City. Tour #2 is 3CR's own Tom Sevil with Carlton's lesser 
known street art histories: Sunday 27 September 1 - 2.30 pm, meet at 
Readings bookshop. Tickets for Tom's tour are $10: buy tickets at 
Melbourne Fringe Festival website.For more information and Walking Tour 
FAQs, visit http://peoplestour.net

12. Across the nation for organ donation - Perth to Melbourne by bicycle 
for organ donation*
East Brunswick bike mechanic Tyrone McCarroll and Geelong 
physiotherapist John Collingwood will ride their bicycles from Perth to 
Melbourne to raise awareness of organ donation. The pair, both 26 years 
old, will fly to Perth on Friday 18 September, taking 28 days to ride 
back to Melbourne averaging 120km each day. The ride is something that 
friends John and Tyrone have been keen to undertake since growing up 
together in Shepparton but the cause was decided when a friend went on 
the waiting list to receive a lung and heart transplant at 31 years old. 
John said that he'd been surprised to discover that you are more likely 
to need an organ than to donate one.

"Australia's organ donation rate is one of the lowest in the advanced 
world with 12 donors per million of population, and we hope this ride 
will go some way to helping change that," he said. "We are encouraging 
people to speak to their families about their intention to donate their 
organs, a message that we will take with us over the 3500km trip." The 
friends feel well prepared to tackle the journey as both are avid 
cyclists and bring different skills to the journey. "We figure that as a 
physio, John is well equipped to look after our bodies and I will be 
able to manage all the bicycle mechanics," Tyrone said. Tyrone is a 
full-time bike mechanic at My Mountain store on Lygon Street who have 
generously supported the ride.They have posted almost 30kg of food to 
roadhouses along the Nullarbor and will plan to carry up to 12 litres of 
water each during the ride.

John and Tyrone will take the most direct route from Perth to Melbourne 
heading to Norseman, across the Nullarbor, Adelaide and into Melbourne. 
It is expected the pair will arrive in Brunswick on 17 October.John and 
Tyrone's progress can be followed on Facebook with a page listed as 
'Across the nation for organ donation'. More information about organ 
donation can be found at www.organdonor.com.au/.
John can be contacted on 0422 968 456 and Tyrone on 0419 435 619.


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