The Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre has now moved to the University.
The Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre has now moved to the University.
Grade: Medium Distances: 29km, 62km, 54km, 38km
Contact: Adrian mobile 0438641150, home 02 49656108
Ride quiet roads to view farms, horse studs, national parks and wineries.
Self supported weekend. BYO food and drink.
Campground has BBQ’s, stove/oven, fridges etc
Please ring campground if requiring powered site or cabin.
Not necessary to book unpowered site – large open space.
22 spotters counted cyclists for 2 hours from 7am till 9am. Weather: cloudy but dry morning, although the forecast was for thunderstorms in the afternoon. Total cyclists 1810 , of whom 19.4% were female. We counted parent-child pairs, as they are an indication of cycleway safety. 17 pairs were recorded, down from 27 last October.
|Location||Tues Oct 2013||Tues Oct 2012||Tues Mar12||Tues Oct 11 rain||TueMar2011|
|Honeysuckle Dve, west||122 (late*)||165||202||152||195|
|Route 6, Hannel St||127||138||90||109|
|Route 6, TAFE||128||113||110||81||110|
|Route 6, Waratah Stn||72||79||65||39||68|
|Route 6, Maud St||57||57||57||39||47|
|Moore St near Regal||47||17||47|
|Howe St-Croudace Rd|
|Turton Rd/ Sports centre||104||103||111|
|Beaumont St/ Donald St||105||XXX||115||79||105|
|King St /Markettown||91||85||89||61|
|Civic Park corner||95||92||109||57||96|
|Fernleigh /Kalaroo Rd||115||144||94|
|Fernleigh Track/Dibbs St||185||205||175||125||159|
|Glebe Rd/ Teralba Rd||117||119||112||92||108|
|Dumeresq / Gordon Ave||92||86||81|
|Parkway / Union St||96||104||59||95|
|Mackie Ave/St James Rd||95||103||97||78||93|
|Dixon Park/ bathers way||23|
|North South / Kotara||42||XXX||36||27||50|
|Glebe Rd/ Gordon Ave||44||49||50||40|
|Industrial Dve/Tourle St||–||42||23||26|
|Industrial Dve, William St||–|
|Booragul/ 5 Islands||–||28|
|Wheeler Pl / Merwether st||119|
|Bar Beach- Bathers Way||29|
|Glendale (sth end)||14 (1 hour)|
*Counted on 5th November
Comparing like with like, the 12 sites that were counted in October 2012 and 13 showed a decrease from 1332 to 1253, a decline of 6%.
For the first time we counted in 3 time slots, 7 till 7:30 / 7:30 to 8:30 and 8:30 till 9am. Across all sites together, the proportion of cyclists seen during these times were 23.6%, 53.1% and 23.3%. The locations that varied from this pattern were the CBD locations with 10-15% in the first half hour, and the Fernleigh Track spots with 35-40% of the cyclists seen in the first half hour.
Of note is the count at Glendale for the first time, a 1 hour count from 7:30 to 8:30. Fourteen cyclists were seen, of whom 10 used the Glendale-Wallsend track. In the same hour 87 people travelled the Fernleigh track. Glendale –Wallsend is not highly used, and many people do not know it is there. Last October we counted the north end and saw 9 cyclists in 2 hours.
We counted two locations on Hunter St, in view of the proposed cycle lanes. At Wheeler Place 71 people made some of their journey on Hunter St, and at Bank Corner 67.
It is great to see more people using cycleways,a sign that more cycleways means more people commuting on bikes.
Sydney Cycleways has launched a new campaign urging people who ride bikes to “ride graciously”. The video presents scenarios, quite common to cyclists, pedestrians and car drivers, which often cause a lack of mutual respect and can sometimes escalate into the sort of road rage which most cyclists try to avoid. It then gives instances of how cyclists can change their behaviour to prevent the road rage incidents from happening. The targeted audience of the video is cyclists, urging them to change their behaviours so that people using other forms of transport will respond with like-minded politeness. It will be interesting to see whether this video is a success, and how Sydney Cycleways will measure that success, as most instances of lack of courteous behaviour between cyclists and other road users are not reported. However, the road rage phenomenon is widespread and highly alarming to cyclists so it is great to see Sydney acknowledging and acting on this in a positive way. To view this cute and entertaining video, click here.
There is a new shared path being constructed in Adamstown, on Glebe Road, where the footpath used to be. This will make bike travel between Fernleigh track and the city or the university much simpler, especially around the problematic area of the Adamstown rail gates. Updates on this work and how it fits into the current infrastructure will be posted here when the work is completed.
Fernleigh Track is reopened after it was closed due to the recent Gateshead fires. The fires have certainly changed the atmosphere of the track for that section, but we all know the Aussie bush regenerates after such an ordeal. I’m looking forward to watching the regrowth happen over the next few months as I ride the track.
Clearing the undergrowth as has happened has highlighted the number of existing mountain bike tracks. I have ridden some of them in that area, but had no idea just how many there are.
RMS Bike Week is running again this year and once again Newcastle Council celebrated Bike Week with a breakfast at Whitebridge along the Fernleigh Track last Sunday. The crowds were good, but many more rode past the displays continuing along the Fernleigh Track, despite NCM’s bright yellow banners on the side of the track alluding to more excitement up on the grass.
David Atkinson, and Peter Lee set up a good display of our on going campaigns, most notably, the Hunter Street separated cycleway, and the Richmond Vale Rail Trail. We had free bottles and “Slap bands” and Newcastle LGA bike path maps to give away.
Many thanks to Hadley Cycles for their excellent servicing of bikes and to Fruit Barn from Jesmond for their donations of fruit for the event.
We also tried to launch Hunter Cycle Skills training program, but as almost everyone there were avid cyclists they didn’t feel the need for a learn to ride course. We’ll need to change our message and promote the City Cycling course better. Even very experienced cyclists can learn how to ride more safely on city roads. See the link on this site to Hunter Cycle Skills for more information.
A breakfast to celebrate the launch of Bike Week will be held at Fernleigh Track this Sunday, details below:
Date: Sunday 15 September 2013
Time: 9am to 11am
Location: Fernleigh Track, Station Street entrance at Whitebridge
See Newcastle City Council website for more details.
New bike lanes are planned for Hunter Street. This is an initiative of Newcastle City Council and will ease traffic congestion along Hunter Street, provide an important link in the Newcastle Cycleways Network and make cycling in the city centre much safer. Tim Askew (NCC City Centre Programs Manager) will make a presentation at the September NCM meeting at the Adamstown Club on Tuesday (10th) night. To see the Herald article, click on the link in the first sentence above to read The Herald’s coverage.