Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/raehtpD990A
With the Spring theme, we will all be wearing our warmer weather (we hope!) gear as we ride from Nobbys to Islington Park along the Foreshore and Throsby Creek, then return to Linwood Shores Estate for a FREE breakfast kindly provided by Newcastle City Council to celebrate. Flowers and vintage bikes will be the order of the day.
En route we will be entertained by a Master of Ceremonies, regaling us with an entertaining history of Newcastle, as we ride past some of the city’s most scenic spots.
Prize categories will be for Best Women’s Bike, Best Men’s Bike, Best Women’s Outfit and Best Men’s Outfit.
Meet at Nobbys, in the park behind the beach, at 8.30am for a 9am start.
FREE EVENT, sponsored by Newcastle City Council.
I’ve heard it said that NCM members want, and deserve, more information and updates about what is happening on their behalf, so here is my first attempt at a regular Presidents blog. Next month is our AGM (Tuesday 12th August) when a comprehensive annual report with more details about our activities in the past year will be tabled.
The BNSW BUG Council met again this past week, and raised a point that I too have been increasingly concerned about; Cyclist visibility.
Whilst it is great seeing more people riding, we are also seeing more cyclist doing things from simply foolish, to downright dangerous. Now I know no-one reading this blog would be one of those, but, whilst your representatives are working hard at improving conditions for cyclists, I would like to take this opportunity to ask us all to think about our cycling habits and ask ourselves ‘can we do better?’
Cycling shouldn’t require special clothes and multitudes of gadgets to be able to participate, particularly if all we are doing is short trips on bike paths. However please consider, when riding to work, a lot of the clothes we wear are dark. Do you come home at night or dusk? A simple hi-vis vest costs $15 and folds up to next to nothing.
If you are riding at night the law states you must have working lights both front and rear. When was the last time you checked your batteries? There are a range of small led lights on the market now that have elastic bands and can go around your arm or ankle. The ankle is an ideal place for those reflective slap bands as the action of going up and down makes them stand out nicely.
Predictable behaviour is also important for safe cycling. The theory about where to ride on the road, taking the lane when necessary and using the shoulder safely will be the topic of another blog later.
Your committee is full of enthusiastic people keen to share the great joys of cycling, keen to encourage authorities to provide better conditions and facilities. However we cannot do this alone and fresh ideas and input are needed to continue this work. All sorts of skills are required. At the moment we are advertising for a volunteer with a good working knowledge of WordPress to manage the website. Perhaps you have an idea to promote cycling and sharing it at our meetings might help kick it off. If you can consider helping out to create a better environment for cycling, please come along to the AGM or contact us through this website.
Meet at Islington Park, starting at 9am for registration and a 10am start, then a gentle ride to Nobbys along Throsby Creek and The Foreshore.
Ride your classic or vintage bike and wear tweed or classic riding gear. Fun and games will follow.
This is a FREE event, funded by Newcastle City Council Placemaking.
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.