NSW Bike Riders Conference Program Announced

21 July 2016

Watch for Bicycles sign

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.

Time Session Presented by
Friday 12 August





7:30pm onwards


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.

Bicycle NSW

Newcastle Cycleways Movement


Saturday 13 August
7.30am Conference registration at Travelodge Newcastle
8.30am Official Welcome to the NSW Bike Riders Conference Bicycle NSW and Newcastle Cycleways Movement
9.00am The Newcastle CycleSafe Network : a community-based initiative Newcastle Cycleways Movement
9.30am Influencing the new NSW councils’ community strategic planning process : vision to reality for a more bike-friendly NSW Peter McCue, Fiona Campbell
11.00am Morning Tea
11.30am Lessons from London for big and small communities Mark Ames, Strategic Cities
12.00pm 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
1.00pm Lunch  


Your choice of sessions to attend

Stream 1: How to ride a Tandem with Vision impaired
Limited spaces, booking required.
John Domandl
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
3.00pm Afternoon tea


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) Newcastle Cycleways Movement
Own Pace Ride: Use the maps and suggestions provided by the local BUG to explore Newcastle at your leisure Self-guided
7.00pm – 11.00pm

Bicycle NSW 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Guest Speakers:

Peter Duncan, CEO of Roads and Maritime Services
Jon Leighton, President of the Bicycle NSW Board

Sunday 14 August
9.00am 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!

Bicycle NSW

Any BUG members attending

9.45am 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

10.45am Morning tea

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
12.45pm Closing session Ray Rice and Bicycle NSW
1.00pm Conference close

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.