Newcastle’s Bike v Car Time Trial

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Last Tuesday, a small group of active transport advocates coordinated an independent time trial in Newcastle.  Their aim was to access the differences between various modes of transport travelling between the Newcastle campuses of the University of Newcastle. Synchronising their watches at 8:30am they headed off in their different modes of transport – public bus, shuttle bus, car and bike. Having recruited architecture students from the University of Newcastle for this time trial they had more than enough hands on board.

Decreasing the car parking in the Newcastle CBD has raised many concerns amongst residents recently.  University of Newcastle is contemplating expanding the city campus but this does not include any additional parking.  While within the CBD itself there has been a loss of parking spaces due to new buildings.  These advocates for active transport aimed to tackle this growing demand for more car parking by highlighting that driving by car is the slowest way to get around in peak hour.

 

NewcastleTimeTrialBelow are the times it took each time trialer to reach their meetup point:

Public Bus – 35 minutes, 12 seconds

Shuttle bus – 36:41

Bike – 44:50

Car – 46:04

 

Interesting Sam who drove his car did say that he would have arrived at the same time as the public bus however, he struggled to find parking on campus.  In actual fact, there were 2 hour spots closer to the meeting point but for a 2 hour lecture at university they wouldn’t have been sufficient enough so he had to drive an additional distance to find a four hour parking spot.  Not to mention it cost him the $4.50 to park at the university, plus fuel and car maintenance on top of that.

Their time travel test highlighted the need for having alternative methods of getting around other than by car. The active transport advocates are pushing for the Cyclesafe Network to be built in its entirety to prevent the rapidly growing centre of Greater Newcastle from being buried in car parks and roadways. This was great work by some active transport advocates to help highlight the need more alternatively ways to get around other than by car.

 

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Bummer – Bums out this Summer!

The 2017 National Cycling Participation Survey has indicated that just 12.5% of NSW residents ride a bike each week - the lowest in Australia. Bicycle NSW want to see bicycle riding become a mainstream activity for all - so we are calling you to get your bums out this summer!

What is Bummer?

'Bummer - Bums out this Summer' is our call to action. We want to see more people on their bikes, and we need YOU to hop on your wheels and be a part of this! The best way to get more people riding is by getting more people riding!

Bike riding in Sydney is lower than the national average, ultimately indicative of state wide trends. There are many reasons that contribute to the drop in cycling numbers, including

  • Increased fines for cycling offences
  • Lower confidence to cycle on congested roads. 
  • A lack of action taken toward breaches of the Minimum Passing Distance
  • Removal of key cycleways
  • Slow delivery of a connective bicycle network of cycleways and routes

We are continuing to work with government and other authoritative bodies on these issues, and we need YOUR help. By having more people out on their bicycles, these bodies are more likely to take action and deliver a better environment for cycling. 

How can you take part?

All you have to do is hop on your bikes and show us how much fun you are having! Below there are links which will allow you to learn more about Bummer, including the rides you can go on, our ambassador and our  competition! 

Our Hero image competition is all about having riders show us where they have been riding across the summer! All who enter the competition go into the draw to WIN an awesome prize pack - see the link below for more information. 

Are you insured if you fall off your bike?

A Bicycle NSW membership ensures you are covered every time you cycle on two wheels. So if you are distracted, lose control or the victim of someone else's misjudgement, you can rest easy knowing that you will be assisted on the road to recovery. 

Our global riding insurance costs as little as $2 per week. That's right - you are just one small gold coin per week away from enjoying comprehensive coverage when you cycle anywhere in the world. 

Are you insured if you fall off your bike? Join the Bicycle NSW community today.

Comfortable or serious? Which ride suits you?

“The Bobbo”, held on March 25 2018, is widely-recognised as an excellent event which has everything – the great scenery of Ku-ring-gai national park, challenging rides for serious cyclists and comfortable rides for social cyclists.

As a Bicycle NSW member you get a 15% discount when you register – and you’ll save even more if you register before the early-bird cut-off on January 26.

104 AND 80 KM RIDES – EXPERIENCED CYCLISTS

The 104 km ride is not for the faint-hearted! Quite a challenging ride involving significant changes of elevation and a relatively long distance. Alternatively, a little less onerous, the 80 km ride will still stretch the experienced cyclist.

57 AND 27 KM RIDES – SOCIAL CYCLIST

If you enjoy cycling but prefer to stay within your comfort zone, why not get together with a group of friends for one of these rides and have a great morning’s fun and exercise in beautiful surroundings.

Fundraising is not mandatory but the Bobbo is a charity event. 50% of proceeds go to Lifeline, providing vital crisis mental health support and suicide prevention.

Future Transport Strategy 2056

Future Transport Strategy 2056

We invite Bicycle NSW Members to make comments and suggestions to the Future Transport 2056 Plan before December 3. The specific bicycle plans can be seen on page 72 - 76 of the Services Infrastructure Plans - images are below.

We have seen many good plans for bicycles in Sydney and NSW, including Sydney's Cycling Future (2013) and the NSW Bike Plan (2010).  If these had been implemented, then we would be well on the way to an adequate bicycle network.

What is really needed is a solid commitment to fund and implement the bicycle plans.  Bicycle NSW calls on the NSW Government to:

  • budget $30 per person per annum for bicycle infrastructure.  This is a recognised best practice level, and would represent only 2% of the total State transport infrastructure budget.  The present bicycle infrastructure funding is less than $6 per head.  This is one reason why cycling participation in NSW has decreased.
  • bring forward the Committed (0-10 years) work (Fig 38) to be completed within 5 years.
  • bring forward the For Investigation (0 - 10 years) initiatives (Fig 39) to be committed and completed within 5 years.
  • bring forward the For Investigation (10 -20 years) initiatives to be complete within 10 years.
  • set bicycle mode share targets, and monitor progress and report on this.  TfNSW/RMS executive KPIs should be set on these.

As a serious transport project, it requires a properly funded delivery authority. It is only by getting serious about Active Transport that the NSW Government can achieve these Plans and create a better Sydney and NSW.

We really want to see these amendments made to ensure cyclists are continually considered, and that enough resources are allocated to deliver additional, high quality infrastructure to all bicycle riders in NSW. We encourage all members to give their feedback and ideas, supporting our efforts to the delivery of a proactive strategic future transport plan in 2018.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Community Consultations

Two thousand cyclists pedal over the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway daily, making it the busiest metropolitan cycle route in Sydney.  The 55 steps it takes to get onto the bridge at the Northern end has had a massive impact on cyclists using the bridge. This has been a key advocacy project for Bicycle NSW and with its completion it will help establish an interconnected Sydney wide bicycle network.  Ultimately, this network will support and encourage more travel by bike and relieve congestion on our roads.

In December 2016, Bicycle NSW announced, in partnership with the former Minister, the committal of the multimillion dollar project. Following the announcement, Bicycle NSW has been working with Roads and Maritime Services, along with City of Sydney, to ensure these projects will be the most beneficial to bike riders. 

As seen in the picture below, the proposed ramp will cause the wall to be knocked away at the top of the stairs to enable the ramp to be connected. The ramp will be 210 metres long as a result of landscape limitations involving Alfred Street and Milsons Point train station.

Currently, cyclists have to dismount and climb 55 steps carrying their bike on the Northern end of the bridge.

This:

  • Limits access to the cycleway for cyclists who ride with children on their bike, for bikes which are on the heavier side and their rider can not carry it.
  • Creates a pinch point in the cycle network into and out of the Sydney CBD
  • A hazard for cyclists who try to ride down the steps
  • Can lead to queuing across the pedestrian path during peak times

The NSW Government has committed to building the ramp on the Northern end along with building and improving the ramp on the Southern end. 

 

Proposed benefits for these are:

  • Improving access for all bike users
  • Improving overall safety for cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles
  • Improved line of sight of cyclists making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians
  • An easier and more efficient transit onto and off the bridge

On the Southern end, a dedicated connection for cyclists onto the Kent Street cycleway will be built. Ultimately avoiding cyclists having to join the road and avoid children and families at Fort Street Public School.

This connection will:

  • Dedicate a two-way cycleway connection from Kent Street to the SHB cycleway
  • Remove the existing share use over the Cahill Expressway

How to give feedback?

To see the proposed plans on an interactive map, click here.

Roads and Maritime Services are running the below community consultation session:

When: November 30, 2017

Where: Bradfield Park Community Centre, 21 Alfred St, Milsons Point

Time: 6pm-8pm

Both reports of the projects can be viewed here, and written comments can be sent to sydneyharbourbridgeprojects@rms.nsw.gov.au

Community consolations with finish on Friday December 15.

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Brush Up On Your Laws

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Haven’t been bike riding in a while? Or want to brush up on the NSW laws around bike riding? Take a look at the list below so you’re in the know when you’re on two wheels.

In NSW, a bicycle is considered a vehicle and riders must comply with same road rules as other vehicles. There are special rules to make it safer and easier for drivers, pedestrians and bike riders when sharing NSW roads.

Things Drivers and Bike Riders Should Know

Minimum Passing Distance

The Minimum Passing Distance rule helps ensure that bicycle riders and motorists remain safe when sharing our roads. Drivers who pass a bicycle rider must allow a distance of at least:

  • 1 metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less
  • 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h
  • If drivers cannot pass a bicycle rider safely, they should slow down and wait until it is safe to pass the rider, leaving the minimum distance. To help drivers provide the minimum distance, some exemptions to the road rules will apply, such as keep to the left of the centre of a dividing line - broken and unbroken lines.

Find out more about the Minimum Passing Distance here

Roundabouts

Bicycle riders are allowed to turn right from the left-hand lane. When passing each exit, bicycle riders must give way to any vehicle leaving the roundabout.

Transit lanes

Transit lanes are used for vehicles containing a certain number of people, but these lanes can also be used by bicycle riders, as well as buses, taxis, hire cars, motorcycles, and emergency vehicles.

Bicycle lanes

When a bicycle lane is marked on the road and has bicycle lane signs, bicycle riders must use it unless it is impracticable to do so. Cars may use these lanes for less than 50 metres when entering or leaving the road at a driveway or intersection, when overtaking a vehicle turning right or making a U-turn, or when avoiding an obstruction.

Bus lanes

Bicycle riders can use bus lanes, but not if the words “Bus Only” appear on the bus lane sign. Buses are the only vehicle allowed to use these Bus-Only lanes, except emergency service vehicles.

Riding Side by Side

Bicycle riders are allowed to ride two abreast, but not more than 1.5 metres apart.

 

The Door Zone

Drivers should check in their rear-view and side mirrors to avoid opening their car door into the path of bicycle riders. Not checking before opening a door can be dangerous, and legally the driver can be at fault.

Things Pedestrians and Riders should know

Footpaths

Children under 12 years of age can ride on footpaths, unless there is a ‘no bicycles’ sign. An adult rider who is supervising a rider under 12 can also ride on footpaths. Children between the age of 12 and 18 can only ride on footpaths if they are accompanying a rider under the age of 12 and are also being supervised by an adult rider. All bicycle riders may ride on bicycle paths or separated foot paths where indicated by signs or road markings.

Shared paths

Across NSW shared paths can be used by both pedestrians and bicycle riders. On shared paths, bicycle riders must keep left and give way to pedestrians. Bicycle riders are also encouraged to travel at a speed that is safe to pass pedestrians, and to allow pedestrians a metre of space on shared paths where possible. It’s  polite and courteous to let pedestrians know you’ll pass them by ringing your bell or calling “passing on your left/right”, when you are a few metres away.

 

Things Bike Riders Should know

Bicycle equipment

All bicycles must be fitted with a working bell, horn or similar warning device and at least one working brake. When riding at night or in hazardous weather conditions, bicycle must display a white light on the front of the bicycle and a red light and red reflector or the rear of the bicycle.

Helmets

Bicycle riders are required to wear an approved helmet securely fitted and fastened. Approved bicycle helmets have stickers or labels certifying that they meet the Australian and New Zealand standard (AS/NZS 2063).

Click here to find out more about staying safe on our roads.

 

 

This article is sponsored by Transport for NSW.

Meet Pedal Advocacy Against Poverty Ride Captain “The Flying Scotsmen”

Peloton Café Events organises and leads professional events for amateurs from 1 day charity rides to 7 day international charity rides to world championships training. At the helm is Jon “Scotsman” aka Flying Scotsman who this year is set on raising money for charity in the Pedal Advocacy Against Poverty. 

 
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Jon. 

 

So Jon, how did you get into bike riding?  

Always loved the bike. It is a metaphor for life, the more you put in, the more you get out, the more people you meet and healthier you feel

What type of riding do you do? 

For events like Pedal Advocacy Against Poverty 1300K 16000m of climbing leading others I need to be fit and on top of my game.  I use Training Peaks to plan my riding. I mix it up between long rides, shorter intervals and of course rest days.

What is your most memorable ride?

My favourite ride each year is the Bicycle NSW Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle. To ride with thousands of other riders across the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge is both a privilege and fantastic experience.

What is your go-to weekend ride?

My local HKGG’s Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Gorgeous Gorges 4 Gorges Ride – Bobbin Head, Galston Gorge, Berowra Ferry and Climb and back through Bobbin Head with a bunch of great mates

Now, soon you are embarking on an epic bike ride fr a great cause. Would you like to tell us a little about it? 

PaaP (Pedal Advocacy Against Poverty) was born 2 years ago as a ride from the Gold Coast to Sydney to raise money for the Vulnerable Chirldrens Fund. We repeated that in 2016.  We have raised around $170,000. But we have also created an amazing riding experience. We have a pro peloton experience with ride captains, support cars, mechanics, KoM’s, rolling pace lines, massage and even your expresso ready at each rest stop.  In 2017 we have expanded the Peloton Charity Challenge to a challenging Melbourne to Sydney via the Snowy Mountains, Canberra and Southern Highlands. We have expanded the Charity platform to 2 charities and have the ambition to expand this by one new charity each year.

 

How did you decide on those 2 charities?

Vulnerable Children’s Fund is the foundation charity however the advocacy for a Better Environment for all Cyclists is really important. So we made the decision to support Bicycle NSW through the Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust this year.

 

Who will be joining you on this adventure? 

5 ride captains, 6 support volunteers and 20 riders

 

What are you most looking forward to?

It will be amazing ride but it is the life long friends that the many hours of suffering in the saddle and the laughs off it that will make this adventure truly memorable

 

 

For those who want to donate to the ride or riders, where can they go to pledge their support?

Go to the website  click on sponsor a rider to this page  choose a rider, any rider, donate and add a comment. If you choose Flying Scotsman, Travis Eddie or Ride Captains I would be delighted but it really does not matter who you choose as it all goes to the same charities.

Stay posted for regular updates from the road during the 8 day event on the Peloton Cafe

A WIN for cyclists!

Around 10,000 cyclist took over the streets of Sydney on Sunday, October 15. The riders came together to cycle over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the Opera House and through the City, in Sydney’s largest display of cycling advocacy.  From Inner Sydney out to the West, riders rediscovered the joys of cycling in the Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle, supported by the NSW Government. Bike riders from Sydney, NSW, and even overseas culminated in one location for one purpose.  Spring Cycle is the only day of the year, where all bike riders can stand up and be counted, to come together as a community, to ultimately change and improve bike riding accessibility in NSW.

The 2017 Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle was one for the history books with the appearance of some of Australia’s A-list athletes.

8 time BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion, Caroline Buchanan, opened the 105km Challenge with Spring Financial Group’s Managing Director, Keith Cullen. Australian cycling hero and 12 times Tour de France rider, Robbie McEwen along with SBS cycling commentator, Mike Tomalaris, led out the 105km Challenge Ride to start the 2017 Spring Cycle.

Experiencing a ride on a penny fathering, Minister for North Shore, Felicity Wilson, happily opened the 50km Classic Ride. While inspirational speaker, writer and triathlete, Turia Pitt opened the 10km Sydney City Ride.

Everyone from the once-a-year rider to the daily commuter and even centurions came out in force to enjoy a scenic and safe ride. Thanks to the advocacy work of Bicycle NSW, the many voices of Spring Cycle participants were on show.

“It is days like the Spring Cycle that really showcase the important work we do to create a better environment for cycling. Joining us on one of our four rides – our Spring Cycle riders stood up and were counted, helping us secure a better future for bike riding”, remarked Craig Meagher, Bicycle NSW CEO.

 

Jane Robertson, Bicycle NSW Event Director, continued “One of our aims for Spring Cycle is to highlight the cycling infrastructure in Sydney that people just do not know about. We want to support as many people to get out on their bike and showcase cycling routes that everyone can enjoy all year round. It is wonderful to give riders the opportunity to cycle over the Harbour Bridge, through the corkscrew, Cahill Express and the Western Distributor. It is incredible to see so many happy faces from families to experienced riders as they all come together on this one day to celebrate cycling. It is an honour to be a part of it.”

 

Bicycle NSW new bike share partner, ofo, took on Sydney Harbour Bridge with 100 riders on their brand new bikes. “Following the successful launch of our pilot scheme in Adelaide earlier this month, ofo was extremely proud to be the exclusive bike share event sponsor of one of Australia’s favourite cycling events - Spring Cycle.  As the international market leader in bike-sharing, we want to lead the market in launching in Australia ‘the right way’, and so it was great to be part of Spring Cycle, getting to know Sydney and showing Sydney not only what ofo can do, but how we have designed our bikes and service with Sydneysiders in mind. We’re committed to working with local stakeholders to provide the best possible bike-sharing service for each city, so keep your eyes peeled for a bright yellow ofo bike near you soon.” Says Scott Walker, Head of Strategy, ofo Australia.

 

We would also like to thank Waterview in Bicentennial Park who kicked off the entire weekend by hosting the inaugural Bicycle NSW Fundraising Dinner on Friday, October 13.  We had over one hundred guests who were there to support and celebrate all the advocacy work Bicycle NSW does.

 

“We had some fantastic items up for auction including the Chris Froome’s signed yellow jersey from the Tour de France. It was a great evening to get all of our sponsors and supporting in the same room to showcase all the work Bicycle NSW does, and can do.” Commented Craig Meagher.

New Pedestrian & Cyclist Bridge Design

As part of improving connectivity and celebrating the Parramatta River, the City of Parramatta is designing a new world class pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Parramatta River at Alfred Street, Rosehill.

We are inviting you to provide feedback and comments on the concept design by Saturday 28 October 2017. Community support for the project will greatly assist Council in advocating to potential funding partners for its construction. This project will unlock pedestrian and cycling movement in the area, link precincts and reflect the City’s vision to be Sydney’s Central City; sustainable, liveable and productive

It’s an exciting and innovative design, as the first ever diagonal arch bridge in Australia, a potential coup for Western Sydney to claim. Public feedback and support for the project will be key in securing funding for this beautiful piece of architecture, so we’re encouraging our members and friends to show their support.

Parramatta Council is conducting a series of pop-up community consultations, including at our very own Spring Cycle finish site in Sydney Olympic Park! Find out more information and RSVP on their Facebook event to keep up to date.

Pop-Up Consultations:

Friday 13th October, 9am to 2pm 2017
Pop-up @ Parramatta Town Hall / Centenary Square

Sunday 15th October, 9am to 2pm 2017
Pop-up @ Sydney Olympic Park, Spring Cycle

Saturday 21st October, 9am to 2pm 2017
Pop-up @ Corner of Alfred St and River Road West

Sunday 22nd October 7am to Midday 2017
Pop-up @ Northern Foreshore Path between Pemberton St and Morton St

 

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Parramatta Light Rail – Stage 1

The Parramatta Light Rail EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) has been released. It can be viewed here, and will be on exhibition until Monday 23 October 2017.

There are thousands of pages within this document and not all of the proposals are going to benefit bike riders.

Bicycle NSW Advocacy Manager, Ray Rice, has made a submission on behalf on Bicycle NSW. Many voices will make a change to help make a better environment for cycling, so we’re encouraging all members to consider making a submission as well.

If you are wishing to make a change for Parramatta and greater Sydney by making a submission, Ray has made some suggestions for you below to help you with your submission.

Make your submission here.

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Preamble:

  • Parramatta Light Rail presents a golden opportunity to complete essential Active Transport links for the future
  • This is a 50 year plan so we must do this well
  • Route is already noted as a Strategic Bicycle Corridor in Sydney’s Cycling Future (Dec 2013)
  • Will be part of Sydney’s future Principal Bicycle Network as it is an essential link in the route, connecting Parramatta with Epping and Macquarie University & Park
  • It connects major trip generators: three uni campuses, two business districts, and major residential areas
  • Links with the existing Parramatta Valley Cycleway

Features needed:

  • Build it now, for the future
  • Separated cycling and walking areas
  • Multiple/frequent access points to the Active Transport link to aid in permeability and usage
  • Must be continuous to cater for all Active Transport groups, from ages 8 to 80

Specifics:

  • Must be in corridor for full length. The proposed out of corridor section at Adderton Rd (Telopea) should instead remain inside the corridor. This serious lack of continuity impinges on the total amenity of the project. It will be a barrier for the younger and older.
  • Walking and cycling areas should be separated over the full length
  • At Kissing Point Rd, access to the Active Transport link should be from both sides of the road
  • The bridge over the Parramatta River at Camellia should be minimum of 4m wide. A width of 2.5m is manifestly inadequate, for example we have seen width issues on both the ANZAC Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Bicycle riding must be maintained in all Parramatta CBD streets, including those with Light Rail
  • A 30 km/h speed limit should apply to Parramatta CBD core
  • Church St should have a pair of dedicated uni-directional bicycle paths
  • The unused rail corridor from Camelia Station to Clyde Station should be retained as an Active Transport Link. This will then link in the future to a Duck River Active Transport Link. This would provide an Active Transport link all the way to Sefton. A major Active Transport corridor!

Complete your submission here

Spring Cycle – The Biggest Advocacy Day of Them All!

The 34th annual Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle is right around the corner. With a new, fourth ride option, and plenty of people excited to Ride the Bridge, it’s a great opportunity to step back and see the bigger picture.

The event has grown from a small ride event 33 years ago, to what now sees around 10,000 people of all ages and experiences ride together on one massive display of bicycle advocacy. As the only cycling event that closes lanes of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and dedicates that space to bike riders, being involved as a rider or a volunteer is akin to standing up and being counted as one of the 1.25 million bike riders across NSW who we represent when we speak to the NSW Government for better biking outcomes.

By participating in Spring Cycle you’ll be part of our critical mass, demonstrating that the vital work we do is paramount to making bike riding accepted and normal on our roads. Adding your two (or three) wheels to our event means you will be seen by our side by the likes of The Hon Melinda Pavey, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, and The Hon Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, as we work with them to ensure the best outcomes from their portfolios for all vulnerable road users. With you by our side, we can roll ahead to create a better environment for cycling for us all.

It’s not too late to gear up and ride or volunteer in the Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle on Sunday 15 October 2017. Register today to beat the 1 October price rise, and be sure to receive your rider pack in the mail. If you’re not a Bicycle NSW member yet, why not add your membership to your registration and get your 20% members discount of your ride too! Members can log in to the Members Benefits page to receive their discount code. 

Ride the Bridge. Ride Sydney. Ride with us and help make a difference this Spring Cycle!