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May 252014

The Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre has now moved to the University.

The Bike Love Corral (including Bike library, Bike Ecology Centre, etc) is now full time at Newcastle Uni for students and non-students. For people returning borrowed bikes, they need a Bike Love Corral member number to get their money back as per  If you have not got a Bike Love Corral member number then you can get no money back for your bike.  Please email us a week before returning bikes so we can ensure we havej the money for you.  Many people wanting to return bikes have not become members yet, so please become a member correctly to avoid disappointment.  Or some people sell it on for a profit.
Bike Love Corral
At Newcastle Uni (Callaghan Campus)


 Posted by at 8:22 pm
Feb 272014

ft2Location: Sandy Hollow Caravan Park ph 02 6547 4575

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.

Nov 142013

IMG_5346_2BikesCount report for Tuesday 29th October, 2013

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  
Route 6            
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  
East west            
Jesmond Park/JHH 71 66   50    
Howe St-Croudace Rd            
Turton Rd/ Sports centre 104 103 111      
Showground, Markets.            
Beaumont St/ Donald St 105 XXX 115 79 105  
King St /Markettown 91 85 89 61    
Civic Park corner 95 92 109 57 96  
Coastal Cycleway            
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  
Stockton Wharf   33   21    
Mackie Ave/St James Rd 95 103 97 78 93  
Dixon Park/ bathers way       23    
Bathers Way/BarBch 29          
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          
Queens wharf   165      
Booragul/ 5 Islands     28    
Wheeler Pl / Merwether st 119          
Bank Corner 98          
Bar Beach- Bathers Way 29          
Wallsend-Glendale-nth 9        
Glendale (sth end) 14 (1 hour)          
Morissett. Acacia 15          

*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.

Nov 102013

Picture 1Sydney 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.

Nov 032013

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.glebe rd path

Oct 252013

P1000688Fernleigh 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.


Sep 172013

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.

 Posted by at 8:27 pm
Sep 012013

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.