Parramatta Valley Cycleway, Subiaco Creek section opens

IMG_1303Yesterday we had the great pleasure of attending the City of Parramatta’s official opening of a key piece of cycling infrastructure connecting the Parramatta Valley Cycleway. We have been working with the Local Council and our affiliated BUGs to ensure quality bicycle infrastructure is delivered and the Subiaco Creek link delivers on all fronts, providing a positive addition to the Active Transport options in the area.

Cyclists and pedestrians can now travel on a high-quality, river front path from Parramatta Park to Sydney Olympic Park following the official opening of the Subiaco Creek link. Delivered on-time and under budget, the Subiaco Creek link will allow users to avoid approximately 1km of the street network, including the busy, steep and industrial South and Pike streets.

Subiaco Creek cycleways section map by Kev DuffyIt will now be possible to walk and cycle away from traffic for almost 20km on a path network between Parramatta Park and Sydney Olympic Park via Parramatta CBD and the Western Sydney University (WSU) campus in Rydalmere.

“Subiaco Creek was one of the key missing links in the popular Parramatta Valley Cycleway, and we’re pleased to now see it open for the community to enjoy. The path is designed for pedestrian use as well as cyclists of all abilities,” City of Parramatta Council Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

“Council has worked with the State and Federal governments to complete the sections of the Parramatta Valley Cycleway (PVC) in our local government area. Delivering these links has contributed to a consistent 10 to 20 per cent year-on-year increase in cyclists using the cycleway in recent years.”

The cycleway sections that have recently been completed include:

  • Shepherd’s Wharf at the end of Park Rd, Rydalmere
  • Park Rd to Pike St Rydalmere (Part A)
  • Pike St to Subiaco Creek, Rydalmere (Part B)
  • Baludarri Wetlands Boardwalk, Rangihou Reserve Parramatta to James Ruse Drive, through to the heritage-listed wetlands and connecting to WSU
  • The Lennox Bridge Portals

The $4.5 million Subiaco Creek link was funded by the NSW Government’s Priority Cycleways Program, which is delivering missing links in the cycleway network right across the state. The project has been delivered by City of Parramatta Council on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said Parramatta was fast becoming the cycling capital of Western Sydney.

“The Subiaco Creek link gives local residents, cycling and fitness enthusiasts more ways to enjoy and explore our beautiful local area. I hope to see many families and visitors make the most of this fantastic new link,” Mr Lee said.

The cycleway was officially opened to the public on Monday 19 June.

Her Cycling Connections

NoveltyChequeBicycle NSW has recently received confirmation of grant funding to the deliver a new project, Her Cycling Connections, with our affiliated provider, Addventageous. Focusing on the newly formed Cumberland Council area in Sydney’s West, the project aims to teach disadvantaged women to ride a bike, to become cycling coaches, to lead group bike rides and to encourage more women and their families to take up bike riding for transport, fun and fitness. We look forward to bringing more news of this great initiative to you as the project continues.

The Stronger Community Fund grants focused on building capacity, providing service to identified parts of the local community, as well as achieving key goals in social, health and wellbeing, environmental and cultural goals. Bicycle NSW was one of 32 organisations who will share in over $1million of funding to be spent on projects int he Cumberland Council area.

Addventageous will now finalise the project plan and begin delivery during the second half of 2017 through to December 2018. You can expect to see Her Cycling Connections participants taking part in our Flagship event, Spring Cycle, taking in the new 16km River Ride on 15 October, as well as working towards the 9th Annual Gear Up Girl event in March 2018. Details on how local women can become involved will be made available soon. We look forward to working with local BUGs and Riding groups, as well as community groups and services to help grow the project and empower more women to ride bikes for fun, transport and fitness.

Rail Trails on the rise in NSW

Bicycle NSW would love to see more people riding bikes and more infrastructure to support bicycle tourism. A number of Rail Trails in NSW are under consideration and our affiliated Bicycle User Groups are involved at the local level to help these projects progress. 

Berry Rail Trail

Some fantastic work is being done by our affiliated Bicycle User Group, Shoalhaven BUG, on the Berry Rail Trail. We encourage you to follow them on Facebook and be ready to this great initiative.

Wagga Rail Trail

Wagga Rail Trail implementation plan has begun. Our local members continue to share the news and works of the project and currently meetings with the local Council are well underway. Read more about this important step in their news.

Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Northern Rivers Rail Trail is crowd funding for the design costs of a community trail to connect Casino and Eltham with an eventual plan to continue through to Murwillumbah. You can pledge your support online.

New England Rail Trail

New England Rail Trail is supported by our affiliated Bicycle User Group, Guyra Cycling Community and is pressing forward with their highly detailed community support document (obtained over many years) complete with stakeholder support and the local branch of the NSW Farmers.
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Active Transport connections in the Rockdale area

A woman on a funky bicycleRecently Bicycle NSW has been involved in a workshop at Rockdale convened by RMS to look at constraints and opportunities for an improved cycleway connection of the Via Giovanni Brunetti Bridge (VGB) – the bridge over the Cooks River just west of the Airport International Terminal.

We have focused on the goal of improved Active Transport connections across the Via Giovanni Brunetti Bridge at Rockdale near the Airport. This is a complex area with major developments at the Airport and planned for the present Kogarah Golf Club.

Presently a poor connection exists between the southern suburbs and the major bike commuter route along the Alexandra Canal to the CBD. Major land redevelopment is planned along the nearby western bank of the Cooks River. Sydney Airport is presently finalising plans including how to link with the VGB.

We, along with our affiliated BUG, BIKEast, and the Australian Bicycle Council put forward our knowledge of preferred commuter bike routes in the area and likely changes with a better, more direct, route across the VGB. As such developers are now keen to include a wide, seperated cycleway along the western foreshore, which would fill in a major missing link in the Cooks River Cycleway.

We were pleased to be able to present the importance of improved connectivity in this area, both for commuters and recreational riders.

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry – Driver Education, Training and Road Safety

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In February, Bicycle NSW along with 75 other bodies, made a submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry in to Driver Education, Training and Road Safety. You can read our submission on the NSW Parliament Inquiry website.

Our main recommendations were:

  • To include approved bicycle safety courses in the total training hours for Learners that count towards their logbook.
  • Driver Education be included as a compulsory part of the Year 10 PDHPE curriculum in NSW High Schools
  • Include a Vulnerable Road Users component in the Learner rules testing and practical examination
  • For NSW Drivers to undergo a computer based Rules test every 5 years which must include a Vulnerable Road Users component
  • A high priority be given to ongoing driver education through effective media campaigns
  • Transport infrastructure projects to include a component for the Positive Provision of Active Transport Infrastructure
  • The bicycle infrastructure component of the total transport infrastructure budget be raised to 5%

On May 22nd, we appeared alongside the Amy Gillett Foundation and the Australian Cycle Alliance, to present further to the inquiry on our recommendations and need for greater education across all road users.

The topic has garnered significant media interest resulting in news articles and radio interviews.

We spoke to 2HD Newcastle ahead of the hearing and discussed the proposal and the work our local affiliated BUG, Newcastle Cycleways Movement have been doing in pushing for the CycleSafe Network.

We will continue to update our members and stakeholders as the outcomes from the Inquiry are made available.

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Give your input to the new Road Safety Plan 2021

A new road safety plan for NSW is being developed this year to ensure effective actions are in place to meet the Road Safety Strategy 2012-2021 targets for reducing deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads.

The Road Safety Plan 2021 will also position NSW to achieve the longer term target of a zero road toll to support the Future Transport strategy which is being developed this year to establish a 40-year vision for transport in NSW to meet the long-term needs of transport customers.

Safety is a shared responsibility and so input from communities and stakeholders across NSW is critical for developing effective measures to reduce road trauma. We strongly encourage members and friends of Bicycle NSW to participate in the engagement program during May to ensure bike riders and their concerns are well represented.

Development of the Road Safety Plan 2021 will draw on:

  • An examination of crash information to understand the factors involved in the crashes in NSW
  • Evidence from Australia and worldwide about what has been proven to be effective in saving lives and reducing serious injuries
  • Feedback from stakeholders and the NSW community through a statewide consultation program.

During May, bike riders can provide input to the Road Safety Plan 2021 by:

  1. Attending a two-hour forum – these will be held in:
    Wagga Wagga – 10 May
    Dubbo – 15 May
    Wollongong – 17 May
    Parramatta – 18 May
    Sydney CBD – 23 May
    Newcastle – 24 May
    Scone – 29 May
    Coffs Harbour – 31 May
  2. Taking part in an open online discussion forum or web-based survey.

For details, please visit the Centre for Road Safety website or email towardszero@transport.nsw.gov.au.

#BikeToWork Day Competition – Making #CommutesCount

Bicycle NSW is once again supporting Strava’s Global Bike To Work Day this Thursday 11th May, 2017. By encouraging our members and social media fans to participate, we can envisage a real impact on the future of cycling in Australia.

To support the initiative, Bicycle NSW are offering two prize packs for participants who share photos of their commute on social media. Simply share a photo of the favourite part of your commute, follow and tag @BicycleNSW and use the hastag #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.

Strava is a free app that can be downloaded and used while riding to track your route, distance and speed. Strava’s “Metro” data set helps identify current commuting routes and feeds that information to town and city planners, making decision making for bicycle infrastructure easier and clearer thanks to demonstration of demand. We encourage bike riders across NSW to take part in Strava’s CHallenge as well as sharing their commutes with us on social media.

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.

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

  1. The promoter:

Bicycle NSW
Bicentennial Drive
Bicentennial Park
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Email us: info@bicyclensw.org.au

  1. Who can enter:

People aged 18 years and over.

Exclusions: Employees and contractors at Bicycle NSW

  1. 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 Tuesday 9th May and 1pm Friday 12th May  
  1. 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.

  1. When will the winner be announced publicly?

The winner’s name will be announced on the Bicycle NSW Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Friday 12th May 2017

  1. 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 22nd May to respond

  1. What is the prize?

The prize is: A Bicycle NSW pack containing drink bottle, tshirt, stickers and promotional items

  1. 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 2017

  1. Special mention

The promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram, Facebook or Twitter

Our meeting with Minister Pavey

indiAt the end of March, Bicycle NSW had the wonderful opportunity for our CEO, President and a Board Member to introduce Bicycle NSW to the new Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, The Hon. Melinda Pavey. This meeting was a follow up to the meetings Bicycle NSW had with the Minister’s predecessor to discuss and negotiate the legislation and implementation of the Minimum Passing Distance legislation, the funding commitment for the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway upgrades and extension, and the data we shared to demonstrate the lack of need for mandatory ID laws for bike riders.

This meeting allowed the Bicycle NSW CEO and President to highlight our key advocacy issues moving forward and opportunities to create a better environment for cycling and demonstrate our focus on NSW and the members we represent across the State.

The Minister is thrilled with the work Bicycle NSW does and is looking forward to forging an even stronger relationship with Bicycle NSW in working towards our goals. The good news is the next meetings to follow up on these discussions are already scheduled.

Join Bicycle NSW now to add your voice to ours as we work to create a better environment for cycling. Take advantage of our Autumn Membership special today.


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A Story of Change in Pictures and Videos

Sometimes changes to lifestyle seems like a huge project, lots of work, or just insurmountable challenges strung together. However, change does not have to be overwhelming, or onerous. Sometimes change is as simple as one person helping another to grow and find solutions.

One of our Gear Up Girl Ambassador’s, Sarah Imm of Velo-A-Porter, has been using our world record attempt event as the perfect impetus to get some of her colleagues out and riding eBikes for their first foray in to riding for leisure and transport.

Take a look at her efforts below. You can follow her on instagram or facebook for more on her and her friends journey.

Interested in trying @gearupgirl this year but not sure about wearing Lycra? There's no reason to as I'll be leading a group of ladies on #ebikes "Style with Vélo-à-Porter" Bicycle with great weekend style on a free-for-hire ebike from @glowwormbicycles or ride your own on Sunday 12 March! We'll also be celebrating International Women's Day. Help us set a world's record for the largest women's community bike ride! Use the code: GUGSTYLE17 for a 10% discount on admission to "Style with Vélo-à-Porter" I'll be looking forward to seeing you there on Sunday 12 March at 7:45am! . . . . . #bike #bikes #bikelife #cycling #urban #fashion #dress #sandals #style #stylish #woman #street #attitude #sydney #melbourne #brisbane #adelaide #perth #??? #??? #fit #mum #health #healthy #fitness #fitnessmotivation #healthylife #summer

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#Repost @gearupgirl ??? Ladies, have you wanted to try an e-bike? Interested in joining team "Style with Velo-a-Porter" on Sunday 12 March at Gear Up Girl? Registration open until Friday 10 March 2017! Or register on the day with your ebike. Come and join me and our team of seven women who will be dressed in casual weekend style. We will be riding 40km on e-bikes to show that there are different forms of riding in Sydney. Contact @glowwormbicycle as there are still a few free-for-hire Ebikes available. . . . . #bike #bikes #bikelife #cycling #urban #fashion #dress #style #stylish #woman #street #attitude #sydney #surryhills #darlinghurst #redfern #mum #health #healthy #fitness #autumn #easternsuburbs #northsydney #paddington #innerwest #fit

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Drizzly, wet and dark day to go for an #ebike training ride. But Lucy and I were successful today in preparing her for @gearupgirl and to start commuting to work. She came over and we discussed her concerns about riding on the road, how to ride an ebike and the configuration of the @ezeebike Sprint from @omafiets She tried the Sprint in the garage and found everything different to what she was used to. Weight, Centre of gravity, turning. We moved onto Prince Alfred Park and then quickly progressed to Potts Point and then rode all the way to her home in Bondi! Such fantastic progress in just a few hours! . . . . . #bike #bikes #bikelife #cycling #urban #style #woman #street #attitude #sydney #melbourne #brisbane #adelaide #perth #??? #??? #fit #health #healthy #fitness #rain #autumn

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Lucy had never tried an #ebike before and despite having a fantastic road bike, was never really comfortable riding it on her own. When I asked her if she might like to join in on @gearupgirl on team "Style With Velo-a-Porter" she was keen. With a free-for-hire @ezeebike Sprint from @omafiets , we started out in the garage of my building. She remarked on the differences between it and her road bike. We progressed to Prince Alfred Park and then in no time, we were on her way to her office in Potts Point and then to home in Bondi. I took her the quiet way via Bourke Street Cycleway, Centennial and Queens Park to avoid traffic. She remarked that she found it much easier than she had expected. . . . . . #weekend #sunday #woman #women #fit #healthy #life #living #bike #bikelife #bikes #commute #alternative #??? #health #fitness #fitnessmotivation #healthylife #urban #traffic #sydney #perth #melbourne #brisbane #adelaide #???

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En route to Mascot Train Station with Caroline who admitted to not exercising for the past six months because of too many other commitments. You know, the usual. Work, kids, the house, tired. Today, we picked up a @ezeebike Sprint for her from @omafiets to help her prepare for the 40km @gearupgirl ride this weekend. I discovered that she doesn't have a fear of falling which is a remnant of her childhood bombing down hills on second-hand bikes. This is tied to an inability to use her brakes which I quickly rectified. Mostly though, I reminded her to look where she wants to go and the bike will follow. She was initially quite nervous about bicycling to the train station. But I told her that we were halfway there on the cycleways and asked "Do you want to continue?" The emphatic reply was, "Yes!" I picked up another Sprint from @glowwormbicycle today to train Deb from @sydneychicblog tomorrow morning! . . . . . #bike #bikes #bikelife #cycling #urban #style #stylish #woman #attitude #sydney #melbourne #brisbane #adelaide #perth #??? #??? #fit #mum #health #healthy #fitness #fitnessmotivation #healthylife #mom #autumn

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One of the things that I've been working on with team "Style with Velo-a-Porter" this week in preparation for @gearupgirl is effective braking. One of the exercises is running along side the #ebike and squeezing the brakes as hard as possible. It's an exercise in confidence to be able to rely on the hydraulic disc brakes which are built into the wheel. My suggestion is to use both brakes evenly with gradual pressure. Just before stopping, put your foot down. I am demonstrating a more advanced technique for braking. It includes higher seat height to maximize leverage for pedaling and then stepping down when the bike has stopped. The principles are the same. So, no foot dragging or using the feet or other objects like a post or another object to help" stop" the bicycle. If you would like to join team "Style With Velo-a-Porter" there are two free-for-hire @EZee Sprints available @glowwormbicycle You can still register online on gearupgirl.com.au or on the day! See you soon! . . . . . #bike #bikes #bikelife #cycling #urban #fashion #dress #heels #style #stylish #woman #sydney #melbourne #brisbane #adelaide #perth #??? #??? #fit #mum #health #healthy #fitness #healthylife #autumn

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I find it easy to recognise when someone has ridden a bike as a child. Deb from @sydneychicblog has natural balance and an innate understanding of the bicycle the moment she started pedaling. We're preparing for @gearupgirl this Sunday. There's still time to register online on www.gearupgirl.com.au. Deb's fear and concern of being on the road are understandable. But after a few turns around Prince Alfred Park, we cycled from Surry Hills to Darlinghurst by #ebike on loan from @glowwormbicycle With some practice on cycleways and quiet roads, Deb began to feel much more confident! So much so that we're planning to ride to an event together later this week. Thanks for the video @chickenlv ! . . . . #bike #bikes #bikelife #cycling #urban #dress #style #stylish #woman #street #attitude #sydney #melbourne #brisbane #adelaide #perth #??? #??? #fit #mum #health #healthy #fitness #healthylife #autumn @leonaedmiston

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Sydney Cycling Sisters Gear Up for their next challenge!

Bike riders at the Gear Up Girl start line. On Sunday 12 March hundreds of women and girls will be rolling their way down to Cronulla Beach along some of Sydney’s most scenic, separated cycle paths for the annual Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl.

Bicycle NSW Event and Sponsorship Director, Jane Robertson said Sydney’s iconic women’s bike ride has three rides, a 20km, 40km and 60km, to cater for all women and girls. “You don’t need a fancy bike and Lycra to ride Gear Up Girl – it is not a race!

“This year the event will be aiming to set the record for the world’s largest community women’s bike ride. It is a fantastic day out for all women and girls to have fun and celebrate being women,” Ms Robertson said.

Cycling Sisters Represent!

One of the largest groups participating in this year’s event will be the Sydney Cycling Sisters.  The group is dedicated to providing an environment for women get together for regular rides around Sydney in a safe and supportive environment. Ms Cindy Rahal, group founder said the group is made up of a good mix of people.

“Last week we had an older lady come along with us which got me thinking about setting up a group for seniors. We have a lot of mums who regularly attend because they like going out early and getting their exercise before their kids are awake. We also get a smaller group of uni students and a few kids who come along with their mums. For example, my daughter participates.

“We don’t let public perception be a barrier for us to enjoy leisure activities.  There is a demand amongst women in our community which has seen us expand into Melbourne and one of our members has started Swim Sisters for Muslim women who enjoy swimming in their burkinis,” Ms Rahal said.

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Ms Rahal started the group in April 2015, after a career change took her back to university to study her Masters in Occupational Therapy. “I grew up in a house full of brothers and cousins. I always loved to ride growing up.” Ms Rahal said.

During her studies, Ms Rahal was examining different leisure activities and the barriers in place that prevent people from participating in certain activities.

Ms Rahal said the group were looking forward to riding their second Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl this year. “Last year, we found that riding with just other women was much more relaxed. At the end, it was so serene compared to all that testosterone, because it’s not all about being the fastest or climbing the steepest hill,” she explained.

An event with Heart!

Gear Up Girl riders with a costumed heart character.Heart Foundation NSW Chief Executive, Ms Kerry Doyle said the Heart Foundation was pleased to support Gear Up Girl again this year to encourage women and girls to get on their bikes in a safe, social and non-competitive environment.

“Helmet hair, getting sweaty and a fear of getting your dress caught in a bicycle chain are all reasonable concerns – but the health benefits to being physically active far outweigh the negatives.

“We want to see more women choosing bike riding as a fun and easy way to get more physical activity into their day,” Ms Doyle said.

To register your team for the Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl ride, go to www.gearupgirl.com.au

If you want to connect with the Sydney Cycling Sisters, you can find them on Facebook.