[YarraBUG-list] YarraBUG November Newsletter 2010

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*YarraBUG Newsletter **November **2010

    * YarraBUG Radio + 2010 Victorian State Election interviews
    * City of Yarra - Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting (BAC)
    * Chandler Highway Survey - Have Your Say
    * Main Yarra Trail off peak diversion Gibdon St to Mary St - close
      out + Punt Road scaffold
    * News from BV: Help us improve facilities in your local area
    * The Tao of City Cycling: commuter cyclists' seminars
    * Melbourne Weekly: Ride on time: Melbourne's cycling mania
    * Melbourne BikeFest -Bikefest countdown begins
    * Cargo Bike Picnic
    * Invitation to participate in Stonnington's Free Bicycle Workshop
    * Draft Moreland Bicycle Strategy
    * National Bicycle Strategy 2011-2016

*1. YarraBUG Radio + 2010 Victorian State Election interviews*
Interested in what candidates are saying about cycling & transport 
issues in next months state election? Here's three recent interviews 
with candidates standing for inner city seats:

Yarra BUG Radio Show#111 -- Monday 8th November 2010
Interview with Bill Cawte, independent candidate for Brunswick, standing 
in the 2010 Victorian State election on a platform of "Better Bike Paths 
More at: http://www.yarrabug.org/radio/?p=673

Yarra BUG Radio Show#110 -- Monday 1st November 2010
Stephen Jolly, standing in the state seat of Richmond in the 2010 
Victorian State election on November 27,  about transport, bikes and 
planning issues.
More at: http://www.yarrabug.org/radio/?p=667

Yarra BUG Radio Show#109 -- Monday 25th October 2010
Kathleen Maltzahn, Greens candidate for Richmond about policy & 
priorities related to cycling & sustainable transport in the 2010 
Victorian State election on November 27.
More at: http://www.yarrabug.org/radio/?p=664

Please note, the roll for the Victorian State election closes at 8.00pm 
on Tuesday 9 November 2010, Online Enrolment and Updates:

*2. City of Yarra - Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting (BAC)*
As noted in the minutes for the CoY October 2010 BAC Meeting, Yarra now 
has new Transport Coordinator, Ross Evans and a Bicycle Strategy Project 
Manager, Alistair McDonald.

City of Yarra - Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting - October minutes
More at: 

Bicycle Advisory Committee
This Committee aims to give local residents an opportunity to provide 
regular input to Council on the development of the local bicycle network 
and other bicycle infrastructure in Yarra.
Membership is open to any member of the Yarra community with an interest 
in policies related to cycling and the development of the local bicycle 
More at: 

Please send through any agenda items for the 8th December meeting to 
Kate Simnett, Sustainable Transport Officer (Monday - Thursday) T (03) 
9205 5734  M 0438 616 097 F (03) 8417-6666, E 

*3. Chandler Highway Survey - Have Your Say*
More about ongoing local Chandler Highway issues, as mentioned in CoY 
BAC minutes.

Melb Times Weekly: Hopes for Chandler Highway bridge fix (19 October 2010)
Action may finally be imminent on Alphington's most loathed bottleneck 
after VicRoads unveiled plans to fix the Chandler Highway bridge.
VicRoads released four options to redevelop the Yarra River crossing, 
which Leader readers labelled Melbourne's second-worst congestion point 
in the 2010 Redspot Survey.
RACV traffic and roads chief engineer Peter Daly welcomed the plans. 
"Whilst we expect genuine consultation with the community, the 
government needs to get on with it to resolve the congestion issues the 
current bridge poses," he said.

VicRoads will accept comments until November 12 on 9313 1175 or 
chandlerstudy at roads.vic.gov.au
More at: 

*4. Main Yarra Trail off peak diversion Gibdon St to Mary St - close out 
+ Punt Road scaffold*
Forwarding on the following two messages from Transurban;

a. CityLink would like to advise that whilst the shorter Main Yarra 
Trail detour between Barkly Avenue and Mary Street remains in place, the 
long off-peak detour between Gibdon Street and Mary Street in Burnley 
has now been closed out. We thank you for your patience whilst the works 
were underway.

b. On Monday 15th of November it is planned to remove the scaffold at 
the pier immediately east of Punt Road (Pier 8) including the supporting 
cover-way on the shared user path. Rather than closing the path, we 
propose to use traffic management either side of the cover-way to stop 
the traffic on the shared user path for short periods of time to enable 
it to be dismantled. We endeavour to get these works done during the 
off-peak hours of the day (9.30am -- 3.30pm), and the process should 
only take one day to complete.

More at: 

5. News from BV: Help us improve facilities in your local area*
Bicycle Victoria would like to gain a better understanding into their 
rider community and have asked us to undertake some bicycle and usage 
counting along off-road Melbourne trails, but we need your help with the 
count! Similar to the Annual Super Tuesday Bike Count, this data will 
assist council to make more superior informed decisions about where to 
place future infrastructure upgrades or facility improvements on 
off-road Melbourne trails. The count is scheduled from 11am - 3pm on 
Sunday 14 November at the following routes, Main Yarra Trail, Capital 
City Trail, Bay Trail, Maribrynong River Trail:

There are 18 sites in total that require counters, to be completed in 2x 
2 hour shifts (11am - 1pm or 1pm -- 3pm) or 1x 4 hour shift, the choice 
is yours. Assist us with the count and reward your local BUG, school or 
club with: $60 (for 2 hour shift), $120 (for the full 4 hour shift)

Your involvement in this is vital in making the count a success and to 
provide the best possible data to council. Email us (jeffm at bv.com.au) if 
you would like to change your world and help with the count! Make sure 
you include the following information in your email:

- What site (Main Yarra Trail, Capital City Trail, Bay Trail & 
Maribrynong River Trail) you would like to count at
- Whether you would like to do a 2 hour shift or the full 4 hours
- The local BUG, school or club that you would like to donate the money to

If you are unable to assist with the count, or would like to give us 
greater insight into your riding world, tell us what you think about 
off-road Melbourne trails so we can provide council with your valuable 
feedback. Together we can make a difference!  Help us with the count 
&/or fill out the survey and assist us to get more people cycling more 
often in your local area.

Survey link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RBCRYD7


6. The Tao of City Cycling: commuter cyclists' seminars - from 27 
October 2010*
Four experienced (100 years between them!) urban bike commuters are 
running what is probably one of the world's most innovative commuter 
cyclist courses. It is based on the notion that if one understands the 
expectations of other road users and shapers as one cycles among them, 
one can better anticipate the worlds one is cycling through.The course, 
offered by the Council of Adult Education, begins on the 27/10/10 (i.e. 
Wed. next week), for 4 weeks from 4-6pm. It is a practical application 
of the social dynamics' approach developed over 30 years by Monash Uni's 
Grad.School of Env.Sc. and now taught by Swinburne's Nat.C.for 
Sustainability in its Grad.Cert.Sustainability course "Principles of 
More at: http://www.melbournecyclist.com/events/the-tao-of-city-cycling


*7. Melbourne Weekly: Ride on time: Melbourne's cycling mania*
More and more Melburnians are swapping Mykis for Stackhats and trading 
in traffic for wide empty bike lanes. Mary-Jane Daffy puts her feet on 
the pedals and checks out Melbourne's burgeoning bike scene.
More at: 

*8. Melbourne BikeFest -Bikefest countdown begins - 24-27 November*
Bikefest features art, design, forums, workshops, markets, music, 
screenings, bike rides and more. It is a non-competitive, celebratory 
event for bike riders of every ability and riding style.

Listen to Pip Carroll interviewed on Yarra BUG Radio Show#108 -- Monday 
18th October 2010

*9. Cargo Bike Picnic - 21 November 2010*
Join the Cargo Bike community at a fun, free, family picnic. Find out 
how you can reduce your daily carbon footprint and reduce your 
dependency on your car. Meet Melbourne's cargo bike suppliers and owners 
and test ride some practical bicycles. (Please BYO picnic and helmet). 
21 November from 11am - 2pm, Location: Garden City Reserve, Tucker 
Avenue, Port Melbourne 3207
More at: http://www.cargocycles.com.au/blog/85-cargo-bike-picnic

*10. Invitation to participate in Stonnington's Free Bicycle Workshop - 
21 November 2010*
The City of Stonnington's Active Living Program is offering a Free 
Bicycle Workshop.  The workshop will be facilitated by Bicycle Victoria 
and encourage local residents to pull their bikes out of their storage 
areas and place them back of the road and bike paths. The workshop will 
also assist participants to improve their riding skills and increase 
their road confidence and will include a 45 minute bike ride. Moreover, 
the intent of the workshop is also to provide an opportunity for 
participants and local residents to get to know their local bicycle 
shops. Please find attached Invitation and Flyer for the workshop. It 
would be greatly appreciated if you could kindly assist us with 
circulating/promoting it to your users group or mailing list. If you are 
interested in taking part in the workshop or have any question, please 
do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to your participation in 
this workshop. Aun Pongsai, Council's Recreation Programs Officer, City 
of Stonnington, Ph. 03 8290 1224, Fx. 03 8290 1198, Email: 

*11. Draft Moreland Bicycle Strategy*
The Draft Moreland Bicycle Strategy provides additional background 
information, and identifies priority works that will make riding in 
Moreland more comfortable and more popular. It was developed in 
consultation with the community, using feedback from consultation events 
and comments from the Bicycle Advisory Committee. Comments and feedback 
due: Wednesday 1 December 2010. More at: 

Download the strategy: 

12. National Bicycle Strategy 2011-2016*
 From the Australian Bicycle Council - Gearing up for active and 
sustainable communities provides an exciting opportunity to extend the 
benefits of cycling to all. More people in Australia are cycling than 
ever before. Whether it is for getting from a to b, for keeping fit or 
for having fun, over 1.9 million people now cycle in Australia and 2008 
saw the largest ever increase in people riding their bikes.This increase 
is welcome -- and to be encouraged. More people on bikes means a more 
active, healthier population. It means fitter citizens who can live in 
cleaner, less congested cities. And it means more people who can travel 
or enjoy themselves while leaving only a fraction of the carbon 
footprint of other modes of transport.

Download the strategy (PDF, 3M)


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