[YarraBUG-list] YarraBUG July Newsletter 2010

Yarra Bicycle Users Group enquiries at yarrabug.org
Wed Jul 21 00:55:08 AEST 2010

Hi all,

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
      or so.
    * 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 
or Wednesdays.

*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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