[YarraBUG-list] Next Yarra Council BAC Meeting - tomorrow night + additional May bicycle news

Yarra Bicycle Users Group enquiries at yarrabug.org
Tue May 17 23:11:46 AEST 2011

Hi all,

Here's additional May news:

   1. *Next Yarra Council BAC Meeting - 18th May
   2. *Swanston Street closed to private vehicle traffic from 20th May
   3. *Find My Bike Fun Day - 22nd May
   4. *Beers, Bikes, and Bands - 29th May
   5. *Melbourne Bikefest - Warm Up the City this Winter!*

*1. Next Yarra Council BAC Meeting: 6.30pm, Wednesday 18th May 2011. 
Mayors Room, Fitzroy Town Hall, corner Napier & Moor Street*
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 network. Further 
information or to suggest agenda items, contact - Kate Simnett, 
Sustainable Transport Officer, 9205 5734, 
More at: 

Agenda Items for 18th May 2011 - City of Yarra Bicycle Advisory 
Committee - Fitzroy Town Hall, 6.30- 7:30pm, Mayor's Room
Welcome and apologies -- (6:30pm -- 6:35pm)
Item 1 - Gertrude Street, East-West Link Update    (10min, 6.35pm -- 
6.50pm) Kate Simnett will present an updated from VicRoads and seek 
attendance at a site meeting.
Item 2 - Cycle Course     (5 min, 6:50pm -- 6:55pm) Kate Simnett to 
provide BAC with an update on Council's bike course.
Item 3 - Advocacy (15min, 6.55pm -- 7.05pm) Regular topic.
Item 4 - Cyclist Visibility Project -- Stage 2 (7.05pm -- 7.15pm) Kate 
Simnett to present.
Item 5 -  (10min, 7.10pm -- 7.20pm)  Alistair McDonald to present.
Other Items -- (7.20pm -- 7.30pm)

*2. Swanston Street closed to private vehicle traffic from 20th May 2011*
Read more at City of Melbourne Redevelopment FAQ page:

*3. Find My Bike Fun Day - 22nd May 2011*
Would you like to get your bike engraved to make sure it doesn't happen 
to you? Do you know there are some simple changes you can make that will 
to dramatically reduce your chances of being a victim of bike theft? 
Come along to the Find My Bike Fun Day! Brunswick Velodrome, Sunday 22 
May 2010, 11 am -- 3pm.

As part of the day's activities, police from the Brunswick and Fawkner 
Stations will attempt match people who've recently lost their bike to 
theft with the stolen bikes they've successfully recovered.
If you've lost a bike bring some ID and details of the bike and you may 
be reunited with your beloved steed. The Brunswick Cycling Club will be 
putting on a sausage sizzle and providing tips on riding in a velodrome.
Police will also be engraving bikes on the day. Get your bike engraved 
and deter that would-be thief. There will be lots of fun on the day -- 
including fun for the kids with a special appearance from Constable T Bear.
This event is presented by the Victoria Police working in association 
with the Brunswick Cycling Club and Moreland Council . Brunswick 
Velodrome is on the Merri Creek Trail, just north of CERES -- road 
access is via Harrison Street -- Melway 30 B5. More at: 

*Listen to YarraBUG Radio Show#137 -- Monday 9th May 2011 interview with 
Simon about Find My Bike Fun Day:*

*4. Beers, Bikes, and Bands - 29th May 2011*
Beers, Bikes, and Bands is bringing together three things you know you 
love into one action packed fundraising event for the Final Continent 
Expedition. (FCE)Sunday, 29 May · 5pm - 8pm, The Workers Club, 51 
Brunswick St, Fitzroy. $12 door entry with a FREE Little Creatures beer 
!! Teaming up with Bicycles for Humanity, FCE is working to deliver a 
shipping container full of bikes to Southern Africa to help local 
communities in need. True to its name, Beers Bikes and Bands is bringing 
you performances by local acts Charlie Lim, PHIA, and The Lights, a 
silent auction of fares and wares donated by select local businesses, 
and, proudly sponsored by Little Creatures, there will be no shortage of 
beer. Get your philanthropy pants on and come for a ride. The day will 
also be a collection point for Bicycles for Humanity, so clean out your 
garden shed (or your neighbour/friend/family's!) and bring in disused 
bikes to donate to Africa. check out www.beerbikesandbands.com for more 

*Listen to YarraBUG Radio Show#138 -- Monday 16th May 2011 interview 
with Hap from the Final Continent Expedition**:*

*5. Melbourne Bikefest - Warm Up the City this Winter!*
News from Melb bikefest: We are assembling a posse to ride the city 
streets, encouraging people to see the City of Melbourne in a new light 
- with the help of some pretty handy wheel lights like these. The 
project is part of the City of Melbourne Winter Destination marketing 
campaign, injecting some much needed colour and light into the dark and 
grey streets during the colder months. Our friends at council want to 
keep people cycling over winter whilst promoting bike riding as fun and 
easy in the city. So they came to us, and that's why we're calling out 
to you!

We require cyclists who will be available to ride on 4 evenings 
Tuesdays-Saturday over a fortnight (ie twice a week) from 21 June til 5 
July. Each shift will run for a 3-hour period from approximately 
5:30-8:30. You will be riding in a group of 8 people, with a dedicated 
Bikefest guide. The riding will be leisurely with multiple stops along 
the way. In addition to having a blast, you will be paid a total of $400 
for your time ($100 per night).

We need people who can bring a performance aspect to the group eg BMX, 
street, flatland, artistic cycling, tall bikes, FGFS or trials etc. The 
performances will take place in small areas (approximately 5SQM) such as 
City Square, Melbourne Museum forecourt, outside the State Library and 
the Arts Centre forecourt. We also need other people who can just come 
along for the ride on any kind of bike, be it decorated, old, new, 
vintage, crabon etc. We're looking for people to represent the whole 
spectrum of cycling. Apply as a group or on your own, you are sure to 
meet some nice folk along the way.

*If you would like to be involved please contact us before close of 
business 31 May 2011.* Please email pip[AT]melbournebikefest.com.au with 
WINTER LIGHT in the subject line, including some info on:

    * What unique aspect you can bring to the project (unique bicycle,
      image, tricks etc)
    * A photo of you and your humble steed (if you are a performer a
      link to video would be great)
    * Availability in the evenings 21 June -- 5 July (Tues -- Sat)

Important additional 


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PO Box 253
Clifton Hill VIC 3068

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