May 022017
 

Congratulations to Phil and Karen Buckner who have made a video showing off the advantages of the proposed cycleway from Charlestown to Dudley, nicknamed C2C.

Watch the video here:    https://youtu.be/raehtpD990A

Ben Ewald

 

 Posted by at 10:00 pm
Aug 282014
 

Spring Ride 2014September 14 marks the start of Bike Week and, yes, there is going to be another Vintage Ride in Newcastle this year!

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.

Jul 272014
 

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.bikes

 Posted by at 10:31 pm
May 262014
 

tweed-instagram2Join us for the second annual Newcastle Vintage Tweed Ride!

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.

 Posted by at 7:44 pm
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 NewcastleCommunityBikeLibrary.blogspot.com.  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 GumTree.com 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.