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.
Seminar with Mark Wagenbuur, the famous Dutch bicycle advocate and maker of the most popular bicycle videos to come out of the Netherlands.
Free. 10:00am to noon, Sunday 29 September. Surry Hills Library. Crown St Sydney.
For more information, go to Going Dutch
Newcastle Cycleways has launched a new training organisation, Hunter Cycle Skills, a Licensed Austcycle Training Provider able to offer a range of courses for novice and experienced cyclists. Check out their web site for more information.
Sydney cycleways get the green light from the NSW State Government in its new CBD access plan – a positive sign.
For more details see Sydney Morning Herald, CBD Access Plan article 11 September 2013
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.
We now have maps of the best riding Newcastle has to offer, available on our maps page.
Please note that Newcastle Cycleways Movement does not recommend that cyclists cycle where there are bike pictures in the car door opening lane. These road markings do not indicate a legal bike lane and it is NCMs understanding that they are gradually being removed from the infrastructure.
There is a new cycle path near Elizabeth Street in Carrington. The shared pathway connects Carrington Foreshore along Elizabeth Drive taking cyclists off the main road and linking up to an existing shared pathway along Linwood/Throsby Creek to Islington Park. The work will improve safety for recreational cyclists as this is a busy street commonly used by trucks to access local industry. This new path will also improve safety for commuters and other utility cyclists. Carrington has consistently had the highest rate of cycling as a journey to work in the Newcastle in the census data and it provides a vital link for cyclists to the cycleway network.