Some media outlets would have you believe that there's only one kind of person cycling in Australia, a Lycra clad road warrior with no regard for other road users. However, we know the bike riding community is far more diverse, considerate and inclusive than that and we intend to prove it.
Help us paint an accurate picture of bike riders across NSW, so that when we speak to your local representatives, we can more accurately demonstrate who rides a bike and why we need to work together to create a better environment for cycling.
Both members and non-members are welcome to complete the survey, there is a special section just for Bicycle NSW members to complete as well! Every bike riding member of a household or family are encouraged to stand up and be counted in the 2016 Bike Riders Survey.
Your responses will help inform Bicycle NSW as we speak to the NSW Government about the priority projects for cycling across NSW.
To sweeten the deal, by adding your voice to ours and completing our Bike Riders Survey, you will be in the running to win some great prizes including:
$50 Gift Voucher from Bikebug to spend in their online store
$100 Gift Voucher from SCODY to spend in their online store
A MonkeySee gift pack full of their latest line of cycling accessories including gloves, tote, harness, waist bag and more.
Receive the last two editions of Treadlie Magazine and read up on the latest in local and international bike culture. More than just bikes, Treadlie magazine looks at the lifestyle and culture of all bike riders, whether it's distance riding, touring, or just recreational weekend rolling, there's something for every rider.
Signed copy of Cadel Evans' new autobiography, The Art of Cycling
Tickets to meet Cadel Evans at his book launch at Dymocks in Sydney on 17 November
We believe that a Bicycle NSW membership offers great value to our members across the state and we're keen to prove it. For non-members completing the survey, you will go in the draw to win a free trial membership to Bicycle NSW so that you can experience the work we are doing across the state.
Bicycle NSW is delighted to announce that Craig Meagher has been appointed as the new CEO, effective immediately.
After representing Bicycle NSW in the role of CEO since February 2015, Ray Rice has decided to step back from fulltime employment, effective Friday 12 August. He will remain an advocate and member of Bicycle NSW, and continue to assist the organisation to ‘Create a Better Environment for Cycling’.
Bicycle NSW would like to thank Ray for providing the organisation with a strong voice with Government.
The Bicycle NSW Board commented that “whilst it will be sad to see Ray stepping down from a full time role with the organisation, we are excited to have Craig join Bicycle NSW as we celebrate 40 years of representing and supporting all bike riders across NSW. Craig’s experience across Membership, Events and Sponsorship will ensure the organisation continues to grow and best represents our members as we campaign for a better and safer environment for cycling.”
New CEO of Bicycle NSW, Craig Meagher says, “I’m excited about the challenge and opportunity to represent this organisation and its members. With 1.2 million people on a bike at least once a week in NSW, becoming a member and having a voice is now more important than ever.”
“We also have a fantastic annual community event called the Spring Cycle that gives everyone the unique chance to ride our famous Sydney Harbour Bridge car free. I want to build this iconic community event and ensure it is the pinnacle event for all cyclists each year. I encourage everyone with a bike at all levels to come and join us on Sunday 16 October as we all pedal together.”
To become a member or to join us at the Spring Cycle, visit bicyclensw.org.au.
Bicycle NSW and Newcastle Cycleways Movement have teamed up to present the NSW Bike Riders Conference - a gathering for BUGs, by BUGs!
Local Council's are amalgamating, our neighbourhoods are changing, and we want bike riders to have a say in the way bike riding is included in their suburbs. Come along and meet other bike riders, discover what our Bicycle User Group network are doing across the State and share your experiences and ideas for the future of cycling.
The conference will focus on sharing the why and how of engaging with your local Council and your local community, and give you the tools to help create a better environment for cycling. Held in Newcastle and hosted by local BUG, the Newcastle Cycleways Movement, a great example of community led action will share the strategy and successes of the CycleSafe Network and how similar projects can be made reality in other parts of NSW.
An expert panel will lead a hands on workshop exploring the new Community Strategic Planning process which will be rolling out across NSW Councils this year. Walk away from the NSW Bike Riders Conference confident in how you can play a role in ensuring better biking infrastructure, planning and engagement occurs in your home town.
Book your place for the two days that will give you the power to make a difference, see more people riding bikes, and secure better biking for the future.
The NSW Bike Riders Conference runs from 8.30am Saturday 13 August until 1pm Sunday 14 August at Travelodge Newcastle and includes the celebratory dinner marking the 40th Anniversary of Bicycle NSW delivering the peak advocacy work and member representation in the State.
Friday 12 August
Pre-conference registration and Happy Hour at Travelodge Newcastle, 12 Steel St, Newcastle
A 10 - 15km Night Ride around Newcastle, based on the Bathers Way Loops, will depart from Travelodge Newcastle at approximately 6.30pm and proceed at a leisurely pace, and return to The Star Hotel.
Bike Hire available from Metro Cycles, just a short walk from the venue. Call or email ahead to book a bike for the night or the weekend.
Drop in for a social drink at The Star, perhaps grab a bite to eat, and a catch up with friends old and new in an informal get together before the conference.
Newcastle Cycleways Movement
Saturday 13 August
Conference registration at Travelodge Newcastle
Official Welcome to the NSW Bike Riders Conference
Bicycle NSW and Newcastle Cycleways Movement
The Newcastle CycleSafe Network : a community-based initiative
Newcastle Cycleways Movement
Influencing the new NSW councils’ community strategic planning process : vision to reality for a more bike-friendly NSW
Peter McCue, Fiona Campbell
Lessons from London for big and small communities
Mark Ames, Strategic Cities
Creating a cycle-friendly NSW together : How BUGs and Bicycle NSW can work together effectively to create a better environment for cycling
Ray Rice and Bicycle NSW Council
Your choice of sessions to attend
Stream 1: How to ride a Tandem with Vision impaired
Limited spaces, booking required.
Peter Lee, Newcastle Cycleways Movement
Stream 2: BUG skills, a mini seminar
Learning to talk Engineer Speak - it needn’t be Double Dutch
Making change through action - using social media to normalise plain clothes riding
Planning longer BUG rides - breaking the 7 day barrier; a case study of the Hub&Spokes rides
Warren Salomon, BIKEast
Sarah Imm, Velo-a-Porter
Adrian Boss, BIKEast
Your choice of rides
Led Ride 1: Facilities inspection tour – a 20km tour of Newcastle bicycle network facilities – the good, the bad and the beautiful. (Easy pace – 1.5 hours)
Newcastle Cycleways Movement
Led Ride 2:Two City Circuit – a 55km of the established circuit through Newcastle. (Fast pace – 2.5hours)
Peter Duncan, CEO of Roads and Maritime Services
Jon Leighton, President of the Bicycle NSW Board
Sunday 14 August
BUG Brag time! Come along and share your successes your BUG has had with rides and hear and learn about what other BUGs are doing with led rides, Discovery Rides and other fun activities. This is your time to shine and share!
Any BUG members attending
Rail Trails in NSW – towards tourism led recovery. A presentation with question and answer session about Rail Trails developing in NSW
Tim Coen, Rail Trails for NSW
David Atkinson, Richmond Vale Rail Trail Inc
Cycling for Change – building people power to hold government representatives to account
Australia’s cycling movement has won major gains through research, submissions and diplomacy. When political circumstances have required other approaches, cycling advocates have also built people power to hold representatives to account, protested and fielded election candidates.
James Whelan,The Change Agency
Ray Rice and Bicycle NSW
Members of both Bicycle NSW and their local affiliated BUG can book their place at the conference and dinner at a discounted price of $95.
Members of one of either Bicycle NSW or an affiliated BUG can book their place at the conference and dinner the discounted price of $110.
This conference would not be possible without the additional support of Bike North and the City of Sydney.
A social rides program and activities for family and friends of attendees will be announced shortly.
With the federal election rapidly approaching, the Cycling Promotion Fund, on behalf of the Australian Bicycle Summit organisations, including Bicycle NSW, has written to the major parties seeking their election commitments for cycling and walking. Today the Greens have announced realistic provisions [PDF] which will reduce traffic and pollution, improve health and well being, and make it easier and safer to ride and walk.
Central to their commitment is a $250 million annual fund to invest in cycling and walking infrastructure. This equates to approximately $10 per person per year, and is less than 1% of the $26.3 billion that was spent nationally on roads in 2013-14.
The Australian Bicycle Summit organisations, through the Cycling Promotion Fund have issued this statement [PDF]. Bicycle NSW is particularly pleased that the benefits of the Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network have been recognised. This project is now on Infrastructure Australia’s priority list, and would return $3.88 for every dollar invested.
We’ve taken the first steps to address the imbalances in enforcement, evident from 1 March, by initiating open and honest conversations with NSW Police. The meeting orchestrated by Bicycle NSW was held on Monday 23 May with senior members of Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) and NSW Police. The key concerns of bike riders were presented in regard to the recent surge in cyclist fines and the lack of enforcement of the Minimum Passing Distance.
Key outcomes and steps are:
Police have agreed to publicise pedestrian/bicycle compliance campaigns in advance – as they do for other campaigns (eg Speeding; Drink Driving etc). This will be combined with education on bicycle safety and regulations.
All parties agreed that better and increased publicity and education on the Minimum Passing Distance (MPD) would increase the safety of vulnerable road users, and that compliance monitoring is still required. Police have agreed to run publicised compliance campaigns on MPD and to evaluate new technology to help monitor compliance.
Importantly, Police have agreed to review video evidence of possible MPD offences. Signed statements will be required. We note the challenges of providing proof beyond reasonable doubt.
Police have agreed to meet with representatives of cycling clubs to discuss bicycle safety and compliance issues.
Bicycle NSW CEO Ray Rice said “Although not unexpected, we were extremely disheartened to hear of the steep imbalances with the release of statistics yesterday on the increased fines and minimum passing distance. It further emphasises the need for open and honest dialogue which we’ve been able to facilitate. The outcomes will remain to be seen but we’ll continue to press for the positive steps agreed by all parties above.”
Bicycle NSW pressed for this meeting at our March Board meeting, attended by the top executives of TfNSW. Representatives from the Amy Gillett Foundation and Cycling NSW also attended yesterday’s meeting at the request of TfNSW.
At the board meeting it was recognised and agreed by both Bicycle NSW and TfNSW that cyclists need to obey all road rules. It was also recognised by all parties that the more that people are positively encouraged to cycle – the better the outcome for all road users in NSW, particularly in Sydney. The positive outcomes being better journey times for all and the underlying health and environmental benefits from an active cycling transport initiative. Therefore it was agreed to arrange a tripartite meeting between BNSW,TfNSW and NSW Police to actively work with the Police to achieve this outcome, with our objective to move away from specific campaigns that may potentially scare off cyclists and move toward better education.
Bicycle NSW is getting behind Strava‘s Global Bike To Work Day this Tuesday 10th May, 2016. By encouraging our members and social media fans to participate, we can envisage a real impact on the future of cycling in Australia. The more data identified on Strava as a commute, the more well informed decisions can be made by designers when considering an integrated bicycle network across local government boundaries, and right across the State. As a key part of our advocacy, we want to see strong decisions on cycling infrastructure made on information and evidence.
To support the initiative, Bicycle NSW are offering two prize packs for participants who share photos of their commute on our social media pages. Simply share a photo of the favourite part of your commute and use the hashtags #BicycleNSW and #CommutesCount to be in the running to win. The photo with the most likes and the most creative photo, as judged by the Bicycle NSW team, will both win a Bicycle NSW prize pack each.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to participate in the competition and share your photos. Make sure your posts are public so we can see them!
#BIKETOWORK COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Call us: (02) 9704 0800
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can enter:
People aged 18 years and over.
Exclusions: Employees and contractors at Bicycle NSW
How do people enter
Follow @bicyclensw on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter
Post an image of your bike commute and tag it #bicyclensw and #commutescount between anytime between Thursday 5th May and 5pm Wednesday 11 May
How is the winner chosen?
The winner will be judged by staff at Bicycle NSW who will be judging based on creativity and the number of likes (on Facebook and Instagram) or retweets/likes (on Twitter) the post receives.
When will the winner be announced publicly?
The winner’s name will be announced on the Bicycle NSW Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday 11th May 2016
When and how will the winners be informed?
The winner will be informed by direct message on the social channel they have entered their post on and has until 21st May to respond
What is the prize?
The prize is: A Bicycle NSW pack containing drink bottle, bag, stickers and promotional items
When will the prize be delivered.
The prize pack will be available to be picked up by arrangement at the offices of Bicycle NSW, Bicentennial Park, Homebush or posted to you upon arrangement with the winner, by the end of May 2016
The promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram, Facebook or Twitter
This is not increased funding by any means, and is already part of the longer term budget. Bicycle riders should consider some key facts:
This $39mil is less than the $40mil allocated in 2015-16.
It represents only about $5 per person in NSW.
The annual budget for transport infrastructure is around $10.3 billion per year (ie over $1,300 per person).
The $39million for cycleways and walking upgrades is less than 0.4% of the transport infrastructure budget.
By comparison, London has been spending about $33 per person, just on cycling infrastructure – and achieving great results. It is anticipated that by 2018 more people will be cycling into central London than driving.
Bicycle NSW believes that this level of funding does not show real commitment by the NSW Government to active transport. The Government’s aim of a 5% share transport mode share for cycling cannot be achieved with this meagre level of funding.
To produce real transport, health and environmental benefits in NSW, we call on the Government to allocate 5% of the transport infrastructure budget to cycling. Such funding will help achieve the Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network, the Newcastle CycleSafe Network, and many more worthwhile cycling projects across suburban and regional NSW.
If you agree, you can write to Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport & Infrastructure to demand greater consideration for bike riders and cycling infrastructure within transport funding.
At Bicycle NSW we seek to work collaboratively with the NSW Government to achieve better outcomes for all NSW bicycle riders. A great example of this was the recent March BicycleNSW Board Meeting when the three top executives of Transport for NSW attended – including Mr Tim Reardon, Secretary for TfNSW. A range of matters were discussed in an open two way conversation.Bicycle NSW presented five major recommendations to TfNSW:
1. Provide a stronger public awareness campaign on the new Minimum Passing Distance Rules.
Bicycle NSW have long supported the introduction of Minimum Passing Distance Rules, and commend the Government for the recent introduction of a two year trial. However, the present campaign is not cutting through, and will not achieve the objective of improving safety on our roads. We offered to work with Government on this improved campaign.We reiterated our reasoning behind our opposition to the fine equivalence and mandatory photo ID.
2. Plan and build comprehensive networks for cycling and walking – Sydney CBD.
The comprehensive “Active Transport Access to Sydney CBD” has been placed on theInfrastructure Australia Priority List. This plan for a co-ordinated network of cycleways across the 15 Councils close to the CBD addresses urban congestion. It has a very high benefit-cost ratio of 3.88:1 on a construction cost of $175 million.Bicycle NSW recommend that the Government fund and lead the Business Case Development in partnership with the Councils, and then co-fund the delivery within the next four years.
3. Plan and build comprehensive networks for cycling and walking – Newcastle CycleSafe Network.
The CycleSafe Network is a system of safe, easy to follow walking and cycling routes across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It has strong community and business support including from Newcastle Cycleways Movement, Heart Foundation, and University of Newcastle. It is estimated the project will cost around $100 million.Bicycle NSW recommend that the Government fund and lead the planning of this project in partnership with the CycleSafe Network supporters, and then co-fund the delivery within the next four years.
4. Ensure NSW has the mechanisms to deliver its policies for cycling and walking.
While the NSW Government has many individual plans and policies that recommend that active transport be considered when infrastructure is planned and constructed, the reality is that there has been an ad hoc approach to actual delivery.Bicycle NSW recommended that an overarching policy mechanism be developed and approved that requires cycling to be incorporated into the planning and delivery of all major transport projects.Over the coming year we will continue to lobby the NSW Government on these matters and other matters so as to build a better environment for cycling.
5. Tripartite Liaison with the Police Minister.
It was recognised and agreed by both Bicycle NSW and TfNSW that cyclists need to obey all road rules. It was also recognised by all parties that the more that people are positively encouraged to cycle – the better the outcome for all road users in NSW, particularly in Sydney. The positive outcomes being better journey times for all and the underlying health and environmental benefits from an active cycling transport initiative. Therefore it was agreed to arrange a tripartite meeting between BNSW,TfNSW and NSW Police to actively work with the Police to achieve this outcome, with our objective to move away from specific campaigns that may potentially scare off cyclists.
The Government’s “Go Together” campaign has now been in place for one month. While it is technically only early days, there are already fundamental and underlying issues that need to be addressed. Firstly, while the Minimum Passing Distance rules are welcomed by Bicycle NSW, we maintain that the limited public education campaign is not “cutting through”. For example, online education campaign statistics presented to Bicycle NSW by Transport for NSW indicate only a very, very small percentage of the State’s five million Drivers Licence holders have viewed the explanatory animations for the passing distance on the “Go Together” website. Fundamentally, with websites and social media forming the foundation of the Government’s education campaign – it comes as no real surprise that many drivers are confused about the details or even unaware of the minimum passing requirements. Bicycle NSW has called on the NSW Government to step up the public education campaign on the Minimum Passing Distance rules. For instance, there are numerousinterstateexamples where TV, cinema and online advertising were used to successfully educate the masses. Even the new NSW “Hey Tosser” anti-littering campaign is receiving mainstream TV coverage. The safety of NSW bicycle riders warrants a better campaign, and one that genuinely promotes acknowledgement and inclusion as opposed to just deepening the ‘us and them’ divide.
Secondly, the ‘grey’ areas that have been highlighted by the increases in existing bicycle fines need to be addressed and clarified. Especially where the application is purely subjective – eg ‘dangerous’ riding. There is the real and publicised example of this whereby a cyclist was fined for ‘track-standing’ at a red light in Sydney, having been deemed as ‘dangerous’ by the Police. We have asked the various arms of Government to supply details of the criteria, and to date have received a range of replies. So we will continue to push for clarity on these subjective and hefty bicycle fines and also for the Government to define and publicise the respective criteria applied.
And finally, to clarify what has been yet another area of initial confusion, there is currently neither regulation nor legislation in place that requires bicycle riders to carry Mandatory Photo ID. We are told this will now effectively be introduced in March 2017. In the interim, Bicycle NSW will maintain our position of opposing this proposal, while continuing to educate and lobby Government to shift their focus toward more tangible measures to increase cycling safety – like safe, separated cycleways and improved cycling infrastructure.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi of The Greens will this week move a disallowance motion in the NSW Upper House to block the recent increases in fines for cyclists.
Labor’s transport spokeswoman, Jodi McKay, said the party would support the disallowance motion. The motion will also need the support of the Shooters and Fishers Party and the Christian Democrats to successfully block the fines. Bicycle NSW has written to both parties to ask for their support.