[YarraBUG-list] YarraBUG July Newsletter 2010
Yarra Bicycle Users Group
enquiries at yarrabug.org
Wed Jul 21 00:55:08 AEST 2010
Here's a huge July newsletter with plenty of news & events. There's big
changes afoot at the City of Yarra, fantastic news about 3CR Radiothon
pledges for YarraBUG Radio and more!
1. YarraBUG Radio - Annual 3CR Radiothon
2. News from Mark Kulyk
3. Cycling & Transport Roles at City of Yarra
4. Next Yarra Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting - Wednesday 18 August
5. Main Yarra Trail closures within the City of Yarra (Fairfield to
6. Feedback Needed on Boardwalks
7. News articles + links
8. Rides & Events
*1. YarraBUG Radio - Annual 3CR Radiothon *
3CR set us a target of $500 to raise from our audience. As of 20 July,
almost $1,300 has been pledged by our wonderful listeners. If you
haven't listened in of late, there's a onpage mp3 player to make it
easier. Also we're coming up for our 100th show real soon, so please
contact us if you've got any ideas, guests and topic suggestions.
There's much more planned in the next few weeks, including the Tour de
Timor. Your radiothon pledges direct contribute towards 3CR annual
running costs, but don't cover our studio fees. Obviously, we're looking
for show sponsors, and Boroondara BUG have recently offered come onboard
as a sponsor. So if you know of any local cycling business would like to
contribute, please get in touch.
3CR Community Radio:http://www.3cr.org.au/
Community Radio 3CR Donor Drive: http://www.givenow.com.au/cause442
YarraBUG Radio: http://yarrabug.org/radio
*2. News from Mark Kulyk*
/Sadly, after almost 7 years of service, I will be finishing with Yarra
City Council this Friday (16/7). Being a part of the BAC has been one
of the highlights of my Yarra experience. Thank you to you all for your
enthusiasm and tireless commitment to improving cycling in the City of
Yarra. Kate Simnett, Sustainable Transport Officer, will be taking
over the reigns as Secretariat. Kate is a commuter cyclists and
passionate cycling advocate. All the best and keep cycling./
*3. Cycling & Transport Roles at City of Yarra*
Step up if you want to contribute towards Yarra's cycling future - and
please pass on this information onto anyone you know who maybe
interested and/or suitably qualified. ;)
Coordinator Transport: Yarra's Strategic Transport Branch is seeking an
experienced and talented transport co-ordinator. This position will
supervise four experienced engineers, and report to the Branch Manager.
This position will be a step towards management, requiring both
technical and management skills. More at:
Bicycle Strategy Project Manager: Yarra recently adopted its ambitious
Bicycle Strategy 2010-15 which aims to establish cycling as a legitimate
first choice of transport within and through Yarra. To deliver this
important strategy, a new position has been created. More at:
*4. Next Yarra Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting - Wednesday 18 August*
Fitzroy Town Hall, 6.30- 7:30pm, Mayor's Room, Chair: Cr Sam Gaylard,
Secretariat: Kate Simnett, Sustainable Transport Officer
Item 1 -- Transport Management Association Access Melbourne. David
Meiklejohn from TMA will present on mentoring 'bike buddy' systems -- a
program which brings experienced and new cyclists together.
Item 2 - Cyclists Visibility Project. Kate will present the findings of
the survey data collected during this project.
Item 3 - Gertrude -- Langridge proposed bike route, Cremorne --
Sandringham proposed bike route. Kate will make a brief presentation
about these routes.
Item 4 - Resident requests for private bike hoops
Yarra BAC Agenda 18 August:
Yarra BAC Notes 16 June:
*5. Main Yarra Trail closures within the City of Yarra (Fairfield to
News from Mark Donnellan, City of Yarra: The Main Yarra Trail is closed
in a number of places in the City of Yarra, for a number of
reasons:Walmer Street Bridge - the bridge that connects Abbotsford (near
Victoria Gardens) to Studley Park needs urgent major repairs and may be
closed for eight weeks.
* Upstream of Bridge Road - The path is closed at O'Connell
Reserve. awaiting safety fences - should be within the next week
* Downstream of Bridge Road - The path is closed at Melbourne Girls
College until mid-August due to building works. The trail is on
Melbourne Girls College land and outside the control of Yarra City
Council. Further information may be obtained from the school.
* Downstream of MacRoberston Bridge - the trail is closed due to
freeway widening works by the CityLink authority. Diversions are
in place through Richmond Streets and Barkly Gardens.
Alternately, pedestrians and cyclists can cross to the south bank
at Toorak (Grange Road) or Anderson Street use the southbank path.
Future Main Yarra Trail closures within the City of Yarra will include:
* Bridge Road (O'Connell Reserve) to Victoria Street for
reconstruction - diversions along River Street - commencing late
July for two months.
* Fairfield Park, near pipe bridge - partial closure for path works
during July and August - minimal disruption.
* Collingwood Children's Farm to Dight's Falls - partial closures
for path works, August - October - minimal disruption.
Delivered on time and within budget, the Main Yarra Trail works being
completed by the City of Yarra are designed to improve the amenity of
the path for cyclists and pedestrians. The disruptions are unfortunate
and somewhat frustrating but the finished product is worth the wait -
check out the new path from Melbourne Girls College downstream to St
Kevin's Boatsheds. For further specific information about any shared
trail works within the City of Yarra, please feel free to contact me
directly on 9205 5724 or email mark.donnellan[AT]yarracity.vic.gov.au.
*6. Feedback Needed on Boardwalks*
News from Julia, Boroondara BUG: Graeme Stone, a member of the
Facilities Development team at Bicycle Victoria, and also a longstanding
member of the Boroondara BUG, is currently researching different
treatments for boardwalks -- timber, recycled plastic and cement being
the main options. He would be very interested in hearing of your
experiences, whether positive or negative, with boardwalks particularly
regarding surfaces and tyre grip, hence safety. He can be contacted by
email: graeme_stone[AT]optusnet.com.au or at Bicycle Victoria email
graemes[AT]bv.com.au or phone at Bicycle Victoria 8636 8870 on Tuesdays
*7. News articles + links*
That's Melbourne: Getting Around by Bike
From the Going Solar newsletter: Melbourne Bike Share, Free Bike Pod in
the City, and the Humble Vintage.
Melbourne City Bicycle Rider
Moreland Leader: Councillor slams free bikes plan
Sad news - the passing of Ted Wilson and Stephen Hart (see below for
Stephen Hart ride this Sunday)
AustCycle spins into the history pages - First nationally standardised
bike training programme announced
Message from Amy's parents on the 5th anniversary
Grattan Institute: The cities we need
*8. Rides & Events*
Know of a upcoming local ride or event? Please let us know so it can be
included here. ;)
*Krista Bernard - Thursday 22 July*
International adventure cyclist Krista Bernard will be in Melbourne
Wednesday 21st July - 24th July, talking about 'Ride for the Rainforest'
- a twelve day cycle fundraiser in Sri Lanka, raising much needed funds
to save the endangered rainforests. To get you inspired, Krista is
hosting an information night in Melbourne on Thursday 22nd July at the
Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensbury St, North
Melbourne -- 6.30pm. There she'll be discussing her previous trip from
London to the Himalayas. Krista is an international adventure cyclist
who won the 'Young Adventurer of the Year Award' in 2000 by the
Australian Geographic Society. Read more at Rainforest Rescue -
*Bicycle Black Market - Friday 23 July *
NIB and Commuter Cycles present the Bicycle Black Market. Get your
non-UCI approved, 2nd hand cycling wares under the cover of darkness;
get ready for round 2 of Dirty Deeds cyclocross series. Stay to get
revved about cyclocross at the free CX screening after the trading.
When: Friday, 23rd July. 5pm -- 8pm parts market. 9pm -- Late CX Flicks.
Where: Commuter Cycles, 14 Prentice St, Brunswick. How much: Free Entry,
Stalls & Flicks. More at: http://commutercycles.com.au
*Rush Cafe: Tour de France Breakfast in Richmond - Friday 23 July*
News from SKCC Newsletter: Rush Cafe are holding the annual Tour de
France breakfast on Friday July 23rd from 7am onwards. Showing Stage 17-
Pau-Col du Tourmalet on the big screen, and the cafe will be open with
full cooked breakfasts available. To add to the excitement, we will be
proud to give away a Specialized 'Live' town bike, valued at $1099!
There will also be some SIGNED Astana Team jerseys straight from the
team themselves to give away. The prize will be drawn at 7.50am sharp,
and you must be here to claim your prize. The raffle tickets are $10,
which includes a free coffee, a croissant, plus one entry into the prize
draw. Additional tickets may be purchased. So make your way to the Total
Rush breakfast, and ride away on your new Specialized bike!
When: Friday 23 July from 7am (Prize draw at 7.50am sharp). Where: Rush
Café at Total Rush, 345 Punt Rd, Richmond.
*Four Goals for Promoting Urban Cycling with Mikael Colville-Andersen -
Saturday 24 July*
Mikael Colville-Andersen is a filmmaker, photographer and urban mobility
expert who is also known as Denmark's Bicycle Ambassador. He lectures
around the world on how cities can and should re-establish the bicycle
as a respected and accepted transport form. In his presentation 'Four
Goals for Promoting Urban Cycling', Colville-Andersen explains
Copenhagen's journey -- then, now and into the future -- towards
establishing the bicycle as a feasible, acceptable form of transport.
Colville-Andersen shows how other cities can be inspired by the
Copenhagen experience. Copenhagenize Consulting -- Building Better
Bicycle Cultures -- copenhagenize.eu, Blogs: copenhagencyclechic.com
Time: 2pm -- 4pm, Cost:$22.00. Phone: 9650 3963. Email:
info[AT]stateofdesign.com.au. Website:stateofdesign.com.au. Location:
BWM Edge, Fed Square, Melbourne 3000
*The Melbourne Cycling Forum*
A moderated panel discussion will lead on from Mikael's talk about the
real corridors of influence: our city's bike lanes. Expert commentators
explore the possibilities for redefining our cycling landscape with a
focus on city cycling -- to and from work -- presenting it as a viable
and sustainable mode of transport. The forum brings together advocacy
leaders, urban designers and transport planners to openly discuss
current and emerging issues and future opportunities. A key focus point
is how design in the environment, the office and on our roads can create
the necessary behavioural change needed to increase the number of
cyclists in Melbourne. The forum is designed to engage Melbourne's
cycling community and free valet bike parking will be offered.
*Stephen Hart Memorial Ride - ** Sunday 25 July*
News from Gran Prix Bicycles: To celebrate Stephen's life, GP are
organizing a remembrance ride on Sunday, 25th July 2010.
Ride Details - When: Sunday 25th July 2010. Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
(ride), 11:30am - 1:00pm (morning tea). Where: Meet and start from Gran
Prix Bicycles, 710 Glenhuntly Rd, Caulfield South. How long: We will
leave GP at 10am, have a very casual ride down to Black Rock, around the
roundabout, then head back to Gran Prix Bicycles. The ride will be
30kms and should take about 90mins at a nice casual speed. We're not
going to be racing, it's a remembrance ride. More at:
*Cyclocross @ Darebin Parklands - Sunday 25 July*
Round two of the Dirty Deeds Cyclocross series. Cyclocross racing in two
- 'Cross - Cyclocross bikes only
- Open - MTB, 26", fixed, other
Registration open midday, racing starts at 1pm. For more information
check the blog: http://dirtydeedscx.blogspot.com/
Brendan & Nathan were recently interviewed on YarraBUG Radio - want to
know more about cyclo-cross? Listen here:
*The Monthly Retro Ride*
First Sunday of the month 9.30am from Café Racer in St Kilda. 50km along
Beach Rd to Mordiallac and back. Presented by Retro Ride. This is free
ride for any cyclist who loves the older style steel frames and the
retro gear to get together and give the bikes an outing, while sharing
knowledge and experiences from the earlier years of cycling. All welcome.
More at: http://www.cycloretro.com/
*Hume BUG - Aitken Creek Ride (to Highlands Lake) - Sunday 1 August*
Meet: 10AM Craigieburn Library, ride is 14km, 1.5 hours return plus time
at café. Very Easy grade on mostly cycle paths. Ride Leader Kevin
Balaam, or contact Stephen: stephenhi[AT]hume.vic.gov.au or call 9205 2200.
*Ride for Jodie - Sunday 15 August*
At about 6.30am on the 19th of March, Jodie Ridges was following her
passion for health and fitness on a solo training ride, when she was
involved in a serious collision with a vehicle. Jodie suffered severe
injuries and remains in hospital. As Scott Ridges and their four
children come to terms with the challenges that lie before their family,
the local Shepparton and Tatura communities have come together to
conduct a community bike ride. It's Scott's wish that the cycling safety
message be clearly communicated to all road users and all levels of
government. Join the Ride for Jodie on the 15th of August to help
deliver this message in a very visual way, and support the Ridges family.
Details: Sunday August 15th. Shepparton to Shepparton -- 66.8 km.
Shepparton to Tatura -- 20.5 km, Starting from Friar's Cafe carpark,
Fryers Street, Shepparton. Registration: 7:30 am Start: 9:00 am
Tatura to Shepparton -- 46.2 km, Starting from MacTier Park,
Registration: 8:30 am Start: 10:00 am. Entry Fee. Adult: $50 Junior: $25
Family: $100 Includes coffee and toast at start, light lunch and
refreshments at finish. Registration: On-line:
www.sheppartontriclub.com.au - Ride for Jodie link. Prior to ride day:
Friars Cafe, Shepparton. Ride day: At either start location, cash only.
Further information contact the ride committee: Simone: 0423 820 385
*BikeFest - Wednesday 24 - Sunday 28 November*
News from BikeFest - Bikefest is a new event for Melbourne that
celebrates and advocates for bikes as part of everyday life. Through
partnerships with cultural, industry and community organisations,
Bikefest places bikes at the centre of life in the city, offering a
broad program of events addressing ideas around health, sustainability,
design, safety, planning, youth and cultural engagement.
Our goal is to improve conditions for bike riders on the road by
positioning cycling as a high status, desirable and above all, enjoyable
activity. Bikefest recognises bikes as important tools for change and
celebrates the optimism, creativity and diversity within Melbourne's
bike riding community. Bikefest aims to get more people riding by
providing an accessible, non-competitive and celebratory event for bike
riders of every ability and riding style. By showcasing the breadth of
bike culture in Melbourne, we aim to break down stereotypes around bike
riding and celebrate it for what is really is - a fundamentally good way
to get around.
More at: http://www.melbournebikefest.com.au/
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