[YarraBUG-list] Message from Melbourne BUG - Get pushy for bike safety!

Yarra Bicycle Users Group enquiries at yarrabug.org
Tue Feb 28 15:39:11 AEDT 2012

Hi all,

YarraBUG Radio 3CR podcast is up that includes a interview with Greg 
Barber discussing the cardoor Penalties Bill.

Melbourne BUG's 'Get Pushy For Bike Safety' Rally kicks off at 12.45pm, 
for a 1pm start at the Gordon Reserve. That's the little park with the 
Adam Lindsay Gordon statue south of Parliament Station between Spring & 
Macarthurs Streets.

YarraBUG Radio Show#174 -- Monday 20th February 2012
Link: http://www.yarrabug.org/radio/?p=935
This week we interview Greg Barber, Greens MLC, about his bill to 
increase the penalty for dooring to the same as running a red light & 
Jaclyn from the Malthouse about the Melbourne BikeFest satellite event, 
Ride to the Wild Duck. News includes three new cycling campaigns, 
including Move Mindfully, as part of Melbourne BikeFest, Justice for Ian 
2012, a new campaign to get justice for Ian Humphrey started by Senator 
Nick Xenophon & Get pushy for bike safety! a new campaign from Melbourne 
BUG supporting Greg Barbers car door

A couple of additional news snippets from Melb BUG:
- Cyclists from the western subs coming to the http://t.co/rqcy3Buu 
rally? Call Colleens office on 96896373 local media want to interview you.
- If you're going to #getpushy4bikesafety tomorrow, don't lock up your 
bikes - take them with you onto the grass with you. Looks better!

cheers & see you tomorrow

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	[YarraBUG-list] Message from Melbourne BUG - Get pushy for 
bike safety!
Date: 	Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:48:05 +1100
From: 	Yarra Bicycle Users Group <enquiries at yarrabug.org>
Reply-To: 	enquiries at yarrabug.org
To: 	yarrabug-list at yarrabug.org

*Message from Melbourne BUG - Get pushy for bike safety!*
Join us to 'get pushy' for bike safety in Melbourne!
Date: Wednesday 29 February
Time: 12.45pm for 1.00pm start
Place: Gordon Reserve - the small grass triangle on Spring St just south 
of Parliament House, near the corner of little Collins St.
More at: http://getpushy4bikesafety.wordpress.com/

*What's it all about?*
We are everyday cyclists. We care about cycle safety. And we think it's 
time to get a bit pushie.
What we don't want: roads only for cars. Roads so unforgiving that small 
errors have catastrophic consequences.
What we do want: safe bike lanes. More of them. And respect.

Greens MP Greg Barber has introduced a bill to increase the penalty for 
dooring to the same as running a red light (more info right here: 
This is a good first step to raise awareness, and we are asking 
politicians to support it. Making bike lanes safe will need good design 
and good maintenance.  It will need safe speed limits. And it will need 
commitment  to build a network of safe and consistent routes for 
cyclists across our city.  We need the Victorian Government to commit to 
being a true leader in safe cycling infrastructure.

*I agree! What can I do? *
Join us! Ride your bike to Gordon Reserve* to support the dooring bill 
and call for:
1. More safe bike lanes
2. A culture of respect on the roads
When: Wednesday 29 February (Leap Day), 12.45pm for a 1.00pm start.
Where: Gordon Reserve, the small grass triangle on Spring St just south 
of Parliament House, near the corner of little Collins St. You know the 
one with park benches arranged in a circle around a fountain?
Bring a friend!

*What else can I do? *
1) Contact your local upper house MPs 
(http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/members/council) to tell them you 
support the bill and want to see tougher penalties for drivers. Ask for 
more safe bike lanes while you're at it! If you can't figure out who 
your local member is, just email premier ted.baillieu at parliament.vic.gov.au.
2) Write a letter to the editor (here for The Age: 
http://www.theage.com.au/national/letters/submit, here for the Herald 
Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/letter)
3) Talk to your friends about it! Talk to the twitters( 
#getpushy4bikesafety) about it!
Facebook it! https://www.facebook.com/events/316590921722625/

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