SPOKE AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2001. ADVICE – ADVOCACY – ADVENTURE for all cyclists. DECLARE YOUR AUTONOMY, For more details please contact Rowan Burns at Cycling South on email@example.com or RIDE WITH THE HOBART BIKE TRAIN. Tel: 6238 2107. The highlight of the week will be a major bike Friday 21st of September is World Car Free Day breakfast in Mawson Place on the morning of an event that is celebrated in a variety of different September 21. ways in many cities and towns around the world. The routes planned for the week are as follows with Last year in Ostersund, Sweden public transport main collector/consolidation points shown in bold was free for the day for those that showed their type: car keys and in Quart De Poblet, Spain with cooperation of the Mayor city centre streets were Eastern Shore closed to traffic. In Adelaide activists took more Howrah Þ Clarence St Þ Bellerive Þ Rosny Þ direct action by publishing 6000 posters and Tasman Bridge flyers that announced that the city centre would Gielston Bay Þ Lindisfarne Þ Tasman Bridge be closed to cars. The official denials in the Þ Mawson Place (end point) mainstream media publicised World Car Free Northern Suburbs Day extremely well! Between the 17-21 September to coincide with Claremont Þ Berriedale Þ Cycleway Þ Tasman Car Free Day, Cycling South and Bicycle Bridge Þ Mawson Place Tasmania are coordinating an unusual cycle North/West Hobart commuting initiative; the Bike Train. Lenah Valley Rd Þ Augusta Rd Þ Elizabeth St Þ The Bike Train is a group of cycle commuters Federal St Þ Murray St lead by a ‘driver’ riding a scheduled timetabled Lansdowne Cres Þ Hill St Þ Arthur St Þ route with designated stops where others are able Murray St Þ Mawson Place to join. Cycling together as a group provides a greater presence on the road than cycling South Hobart individually. It is hoped that this safe a Strickland Ave Þ Cascade Rd Þ Macquarie St Þ supportive environment will encourage a greater Molle St Þ Collins St Þ Elizabeth St Þ Mawson level of cycle commuting for those who wish to Place try this healthy and efficient method of getting to Southern Suburbs work. Blackmans Bay Þ Roslyn Ave Þ Kingston Beach A similar scheme has been running extremely Þ Kingston Þ Channel Highway Þ Taroona Þ successfully between Hornsby and Sydney CBD Sandy Bay Rd Þ Salamanca Place Þ Mawson for over a year now. Place. If you would like to try cycling to work for the For more details of the Sydney ‘Bike Bus’ and first time in a safe and social environment or if World Car Free Day see: you already cycle commute please join us during http://galifrey.triode.net.au/bikebus/index.shtml and the week. Cycling South also would like to hear http://www.carbusters.ecn.cz/Index.ht from anyone who is interested in being a ‘driver’. -1- DIER working for Cyclists 2. DIER will provide $100,000 towards building by Wayne Kelly ramps to replace the steps up to the paths on the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and western end of the Tasman Bridge. Resources own all main roads in the state. These roads are essential for motorists. DIER has 3. Bicycle Tasmania have been involved in Sandfly recently started to recognize how vital these roads Rd - Margate area Traffic Management Study, and are for bicycle riders as well. in a Brooker Highway Strategic Plan & Local Area Traffic Management review. DIER had a reputation for neglecting cyclists in their projects, even when to provide adequately 4. The Channel Hwy, Algona Rd to Margate for us would cost little extra - just thinking about redevelopment, now almost complete, includes one cyclist's needs and making simple design meter wide sealed shoulders as a compromise on modifications in the initial planning phase will the wider cycle lanes which cyclists lobbied for. deliver adequately for cycling in many cases. (It is disappointing but 1.5m cycle lanes requested were not built because they alone would have DIER's commitment towards building cycling blown costs out by $1million.) facilities was in doubt. There was a perception that some in DIER did not see cyclists as valid stakeholders in the scramble for infrastructure funding. That DIER were only inclined to support cycling tangentially, if the majority of funding came from elsewhere eg.Sport and Rec., and that others funding recreational cycling somehow let DIER off the hook with respect to building bicycle facilities on their roads. "These are exciting times for cycling development in Tasmania" New sealed shoulders on the Channel Hwy south of Kingston are great! If future projects could, where possible, avoid constricting Recently there seems to have been a change in the shoulder on hill climbs, cycling would be even safer. DIER's attitude and actions. As the list below shows, things are improving with a new and very 5. DIER have indicated that the proposed new $15 professional approach. A broader view of million Midway Point bridge on the Sorell "transport" which is welcomed by Bicycle causeway will include a separate broad Tasmania and all cyclists. cycling/pedestrian path. 1.DIER have invited Bicycle Tasmania to participate in a Steering Committee to oversee and implement an 'on-road' cycling facility on Channel Hwy between Sandy Bay and Kingston. The Minister, Mr Lennon has this year approved $400,000 ($50,000 in 2001 + 350,000 in 2002), to develop a Sandy Bay Rd/Channel Hwy cycle Artists impression of the new Sorell Bridge route. (picture from DIER's website www.transport.tas.gov.au) DIER working with CyclingSouth, have already built wider shoulders and marked cycling lanes on 6. A recent discussion I had with the Minister at Bonnet Hill at Taroona. It is intended to spend the Kingborough Community Forum has $400,000 to install similar facilities, where confirmed that the cycle paths across the appropriate, on the remainder of Channel Hwy causeways will be completed. Moreover the and Sandy Bay Rd. narrow section of Tasman Hwy, from the Airport Roundabout - Hollyman Ave, to the Sorell Causeway will be improved to provide a -2- safe cycling route on the highway all the way Cycling on footpaths from Hobart to Sorell. by Wayne Kelly As of 1 July 2001 cyclists of all ages may 7. Redevelopment works on the South Arm legally ride on footpaths in Tasmania. Rd at Lauderdale, just started and planned for Uniform Australian Road Rules allow each state completion by Christmas, will include a to set their own cycling-on-footpath regulations, sealed footpath/cycleway along the inland taking into account local circumstances and side of the highway for the entire length of the community expectations. Tasmania has recently project. adopted cycling-on-footpath rules similar to those in Queensland, ACT and Northern 8. On the North West Coast the highway Territory. Other states (NSW, Vic, WA, and upgrade between Cooee and Cam River SA) have adopted slightly different rules which includes cycle lanes. permit footpath cycling only for riders under 12 years of age (in some states, they may also be 9. A redevelopment of the Bass Hwy between accompanied by an adult.) Port Sorell and East Devonport-in the early planning stages at the moment. Bicycle You are permitted to ride on any footpath Tasmania hope it will include sealed except in areas where it is specifically shoulders and traffic islands at intersections prohibited. These so called "NO-GO zones" are designed to be sympathetic for cycling traffic. places with high volumes of pedestrian traffic such as CBDs, shopping precincts and near 10.The proposal for a 50kph urban speed homes for the aged. They will be defined by limit, supported by DIER for statewide your local council with signs and/or pavement implementation, is certainly welcomed by markings. cyclists and pedestrians. It now up to local councils to work with DIER and other stakeholders to plan the specific detail of 50kph speed limits in their areas. Bicycle Tasmania urge everyone to keep the issue moving forward. Get involved in your local government's discussions on implementing this vital initiative. 11. A couple of improvements which increase the safety and convenience for cyclists: -The long awaited building of a gap in the Armco barrier on the eastern end of the Bowen Bridge to connect the cycle path from the north with the road lane. -Repair and re-seal around the railway lines where they cross the Midlands Highway on the Granton end of the Bridgewater causeway. Bicycle Tasmania are happy to give credit where it is due and gratefully acknowledge the departments efforts, with thanks also to The new law provides that on footpaths, as on CyclingSouth and Hobart regional Councils. any shared path, cyclists must keep left and Please write, email or phone to tell DIER and must give way to all pedestrians. local councilors how you support their work It remains illegal to ride across pedestrian so far. All positive feedback received now will crossings. You must dismount and walk to stay help us when lobbying for new facilities later. within the law. (Transport.Division@dier.tas.gov.au, -3- Footpath intersections - poor sight facilities where the onus is on the cyclist to lines avoid collisions with skaters and walkers. Though you may legally now ride on footpaths, think carefully about where you do Be careful and courteous it. Contrary to perception, you are not always It is inappropriate and thoughtless to race on a safer there. Bicycle Tasmania advise that you path or on a busy cycleway. take to the paths cautiously and only where Around pedestrians be considerate and signal road traffic is intolerable. It may be hazardous your approach by bell or voice, be careful and to ride on poorly formed footpaths or where courteous when overtaking and be particularly the path is intersected by driveways and side vigilant, ready to stop if necessary, around the streets with poor sight lines. Motorists very young and the old. crossing your route are not expecting to encounter cyclists so always proceed cautiously and stay alert. Be conspicuous, behave predictably - you are safer on the road. It may be safer to stick to the road, particularly if you wish to ride fast. Be conspicuous, behave predictably, be an Hopefully we may soon see the last of these steps on Tasman bridge accepted part of the traffic and you are safer on the road. RIDE HIGH Children should ride on footpaths The linkages in the brain with which you By Tim Stredwick perceive hazards and solve problems for Dangerous to be a curb hugger. direction, speed and distance are not Do you reduce your speed or at least cover the developed in children until about age of 10. brake levers at green lights and give way signs? Therefore children under ten cannot cope with Many people don’t whether in a vehicle or on their motor traffic and should never ride bike, “well, we have right of way “. Think about it, unaccompanied on the road. trusting your life to a complete stranger they could be drunk, suffering a heart attack with a foot Bicycle Tasmania recommend that you train jammed down on the accelerator or a getaway car your children to cycle safely by riding with from a bank robbery. What if? What if? Its them on the footpath, point out your local impossible of course to contemplate all the possible problem areas, and teach safe techniques for scenarios and if you did you would probably end up negotiating them. Also, encourage your completely mad or never get out of bed in the school to run a BIKE-ED course and enroll morning, or both! your children in it. Rather than contemplate the negative side, what Cyclists who object to being bullied by positive action can you as a cyclist do to forestall motorists should be able to these worrying scenarios? Ride High. understand that pedestrians don’t Be in a position on the road that gives you the best appreciate being intimidated by possible view, the best chance of being seen and the cyclists. largest number of escape routes. Be prepared to If you ride on footpaths you are expected to brake at any time with fingers covering the brake be considerate of all other users. levers, keep scanning with eyes and ears, be aware of everything that is going on around you. With Cyclists may not like to acknowledge it but in experience you will build up a sixth sense that you a conflict situation the law generally gives can rely on with confidence, a sixth sense that priority to pedestrians. Footpaths and even the warns of approaching danger and potential hazards. Hobart Intercity Cycleway are shared -4- The start of this train of thought was listening to potential to inflict harm on any road user but that complaints about the short stretch of Sandy Bay doesn’t mean that complete subservience by is Road in Lower Sandy Bay where the road justified. Our culture has developed a fear of narrows between the cars parked in front of the motorised traffic to such an extent that it dominates shops and the pedestrian islands in the centre of the behaviour of cyclists on the road. the road. Elizabeth Street in North Hobart has similar squeeze points. They were saying how I wrote the above on a plane to the UK not fully dangerous it was being squashed between the realising how prophetic my thoughts were to be. parked cars and the passing traffic, of course they After the long and tedious flight having were right, we all know of the dangers of a reassembled my bike and put the panniers on it was drivers side door opening and at worst throwing a a very sudden transformation to find myself on a cyclist under a passing vehicle. It is very fast four-lane roundabout on the edge of Heathrow dangerous to be a curb hugger. airport. It felt like being dumped in the middle of a very realistic video game but with the big The solution is simple, ride high, and keep out difference that I would not get another chance once away from the danger at a distance that if a door the game over icon flashed. Nerves on edge and opens you won’t be skittled across the road. Of concentrating like mad I headed into Central course it is not always that simple, at times giving London. The condition of the roads came as a bit yourself that margin may not be quite so easy due of a shock too; potholes, metal covers rarely level to heavy and or fast traffic. In the cases in with the road surface, broken glass, litter, bumps question though not only are you doing yourself a and grates needed as much concentration as the favour but also in a pedestrian dominated areas traffic. After a break of many years I had such as these you are acting as a very effective completely forgotten how close the tolerances are in traffic-calming tool. Your passage through this this sort of traffic. Traffic that makes anything in zone at a cyclist’s speed is arguably a very Hobart seem like a good place to teach a toddler to appropriate one for such an area. As with any ride. All I can say is the narrower your handlebars road situation the key is anticipation, as you close the better! Half an hour and a couple of close calls up look in your mirror to pick a gap in the traffic, later the sixth sense had kicked in and I relaxed and scan behind then signal and move out into the started to enjoy the cycling. Somehow in the crush chosen gap. If you haven’t a mirror on your bike, and bedlam I felt secure, the drivers due perhaps to would you drive your car without one? Once the the extreme congestion seemed more professional, danger is past give a (polite!) wave and a smile as far more experienced and more tolerant of cyclists you move back left. too. That trust of other road users was not only essential but also somehow much easier to give. “Cyclists inferiority complex” Work on your cycling skills, think of the number of hours of formal training and subsequent experience it took you to become a proficient LETTERS motorist, compare that with the hours spent · Dear Editor, cycling in traffic, for most people there will be quite a difference. What to a greater or lesser I have just returned from a trip and read the June/July edition extent all of us cyclists are fighting against has of "Spoke" with such interest that two items have incited me to comment. been described as the “cyclists inferiority I concur with the sentiments expressed in "Is all that Lycra complex”. John Forrester a long term US cycle really necessary for everyday cycling?” Of course it isn't. I advocate put this in a nutshell in his book ride to work most days (a fairly gentle 35 mins) and wear my “Effective Cycling”. I quote: “The problem is work clothes (mostly jeans and Blunnys). The only concession very simple, the public believes the Great Bicycle to riding a bike I make is to use clips (in my case homemade Velcro ones) to stop the ends of my trousers flapping about. I Superstition, namely that cyclists that ride in don't own any Lycra. I have, in the past, done some fairly traffic must either delay motorists, which is Sin, extensive cycle touring. I didn't use Lycra then either, but I or, if the cars don’t choose to slow down, be did, and do, have some padded touring shorts. squashed, which is Death; the wages of Sin are I also agree that the Lycra clad image of cyclists is a Death”. Sure enough traffic does have the dissuasion to participating in cycling. I am still hesitant to take -5- part in any organized bike activities and this is at least cyclists,which influenced the decision to use the alternative partly due to my perception that I do not belong to the route. Lycra brigade that is certain to be there. Probably silly, but if I feel that presumably many others do too. The second The alternative route gets cyclists away from the main road item that I wish to comment on is "Who was that BT traffic. The small hill for any experienced rider is nothing but member riding the wrong way down Collins St. against the a hump or for the inexperienced would be a challenge. Either Targa circus". I do not want to enter into a discussion about way it will be safer for our community. the merits, or otherwise, of Targa; however, it is the actions If you have any further queries please contact our Project described in this item that give cyclists a bad name. If they Officer, Mr Dean Wilson on 6245 8621 occurred as described they appear to have been both stupid, Yours Sincerely, Ald Deidre Wilson, Chairman dangerous Clarence Bicycle Advisory Committee and rude. And if the publishing of the item without by-line · From :Wellington Park Mangement Trust in "Spoke" is an indication that the actions and opinions To: Bicycle Tasmania, Mr Adrian Sullivan described are supported or even condoned by BT then I will not be a member for much longer. Thank you for your letter 28 June 2001 regarding the Wellington Park Bike Strategy and the use of the Lenah Chris McKenzie Valley Track by bike riders.I can only repeat the views Lindisfarne, expressed by myself and the Trust's Executive Officer at our earlier meeting that, in its current condition, the Lenah Valley Thank you very much for your response to the two articles Track poses significant safety risks to bike users, as identified in ‘Spoke’, I welcome your feedback. A very well respected by an independent risk assessor. Such risks may be minimised and active member of the local cycling community (who through the placement of management measures -such as doesn’t wear much lycra either) contributed the Targa item fencing, changes to track surface and speed control devices - with the wish that it be published anonymously. however this will have a significant impact on the existing It was solely my decision to publish it and I apologise if it amenity and character of the track, and require an input of caused offence. I realise now that I should have significant financial resources. acknowledged that it was an anonymous contribution and made it quite clear that the actions and opinions described I acknowledge the challenge faced by Trust in implementing certainly are not supported or condoned by Bicycle the Bike Strategy however the Trust must manage the Park for Tasmania. However many members of the Tasmanian a variety of user groups and for the conservation of many community have similar views, as illustrated by the letters values. The Trust has carried out extensive consultation on page of the Mercury while the Targa is running. this issue, and included bike riders and bike groups at all I suppose that the Targa is a high profile target for those stages in the preparation of the Strategy. The Trust has also that act on their beliefs in a more direct and confronting now employed a Project Officer to assist in the manner and who view it as a symbol of our cultures implementation phase, with a substantial part of the Officer's celebration of speed and the over use of motor vehicles, the duties being to raise awareness of bike trails within the Park. detrimental effects of which are becoming more evident by the day. I hope that this response helps to again explain the Trust's Bicycle Tasmania is for ‘all cyclists’ and as Editor I position on the issue, and thank you for making your views endeavour to reflect the diversity of interests and opinions known to the Trust represented by our membership. That membership is Yours faithfully extremely important to us so I sincerely hope that you will Pru Bonham, Chairman, remain with us to work towards a brighter cycling future. Wellington Park Management Trust Tim Stredwick. Inquiries, Michael Easton ph 03 6238 2176 ------------- · From: Clarence City Council bicycle Committee · From:Paul Lennon, Deputy Premier To: Bicycle Tasmania To: Kingborough Bicycle User Group Dear Councillor Fox, Thank you for mentioning our new cycle-ways in your recent "Spoke" newsletter (June/July 2001) Thank you for your letter dated 15 June 2001 regarding Our bicycle Committee would like you and your readers to cyclist's needs and the speed limit along the Channel highway, know why we had taken this alternative route through between Algona Rd and Margate. Buckingham Drive and up the hill. The government is committed to promoting cycling as a The original proposal was to construct a cycle-way link to viable transport alternative, but the challenge of the follow Rokeby Rd in front of No 457 and past the Howrah road/traffic designer is to provide infrastructures that balance Fruit and Veggie supermarket as the preferred alignment. the demands of the wider community in respect to safety, However, the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and amenity and transport efficiency within the limited funds Resources own the road reservation and lease part of it out available. to a local resident. This made it very difficult to construct a DIER has advised me that during the design phase of the cycleway to comply with Ausroads Part 14 Bicycle Channel Hwy reconstruction project, consideration was given guidelines. The sight distance in and out of the Howrah to the needs of all road users, including cyclists. While the Fruit Market is very poor making it also difficult to see provision of an adequate width cycle facility on the sealed -6- shoulders was considered, it proved too costly to provide. However, when reconstructed, there will be an BICYCLIZED ODE TO JOY improvement for cyclists on this road with provision of a Melody by Ludwig Van Beethoven arranged by Edward Hodges, with lyrics from Song Cycles and Alfred Lord Tennyson. one meter sealed shoulder, whereas prior to the road improvements, there was none. Bells are ringing, hearts are singing songs of bikes and two-wheeled Consideration was also given to the appropriateness of the modes. speed limit. While a lower speed limit may provide some Lights are shining, wheels are turning in our minds and on the roads perceived safety benefits for cyclists, there is a need to have Grant us parking and more bike lanes, how about some showers too? a credible limit which is consistent with the criteria used to Bikes abound the whole year round in fog, rain, sun and winter too. set speed limits. An 80km/h speed limit would not be acceptable as the Don your helmets, mount your saddles, push your pedals up and visual indicators such as road standard, function and low down. Burning fat instead of petrol is the way to get across town. abutting roadside development show that a higher operating Everyday we ride to the office leaving the car where it belongs. speed is appropriate. Artificially lowering the speed limit Hearts and lungs will work together as we spin our wheels around. below an operating speed acceptable to the majority of motorists will simply result in an increase in violations of Yea we dip in to the future, far as human eye can see. the speed limit and lead to deterioration of the credibility of See the vision of the world and all the wonder that shall be. speed limits generally. Restless engines throb no longer, knots of traffic all uncurled. I trust this information is of assistance and thank you for For the common good of all the peaceful roads of all the world. raising your concerns with me Paul Lennon Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Resources --------------- · Howdy Cyclists' ADOPT A HIGHWAY Just to let you know that Anne and I won't able to make the next BT meeting and most likely miss the September Adopt a Highway clean up & BBQ. Sunday meeting as well. And for a bit of advance notice, I will be August 26. standing down as secretary of BT at the AGM. After 2 Last year Bicycle Tasmania adopted the Bonnet years I think it is time for someone else to have a go. I will still be a member of BT, just not in a committee role. Hill section of the Channel Highway with the first organised clean up in November. It was not an Regards, Daniel Murphy onerous task so please put this date in your diary to Secretary Bicycle Tasmania participate in a constructive and surprisingly social community event. Meet at the Shot Tower car park FREE ADS at 10 a.m., gloves, bags and hi-visibility vests will be provided. A BYO BBQ at Blackmans Bay beach Office Space Available - Free. will follow the clean up. Any queries please The Derwent Bike Hire, situated at the Regatta Grounds, has office space available during the week in contact Tim Stredwick. return for hiring out occasional bicycles (would See You There! consider commission basis). The office would suit web page designer, author, student, etc. Phone and Internet available. Free parking. Quiet location. Phone: Chris MacGregor, Derwent Bike Hire CRITICAL MASS – HOBART 62741205 By Dimity Taylor For Sale Giant “Yukon SE” Mountain Bike. Off road or Who are we? touring. Rock Shox Judy TT 80mm Front suspension. We are a group of human powered commuters' who 21 gears. Excellent condition. $500 want to use our streets with ease, have fun and feel Peter Jackson, 03 6225 3366 evenings. safe amongst the fossil fuel driven machines that tend to dominate our roads. Critical Mass has Many thanks to all those who have contributed articles and always been a free event, a gathering of bicycle information for inclusion in Spoke. It not only provides hard copy but also indicates the issues and subjects that you would enthusiasts looking to promote the cause of the like to see in the newsletter. I will endeavour to incorporate cyclist, or merely for a fun time on the road everything that is offered at some point. …Editor amongst the safety zone that is created from riding in a group. We are not there to create a nuisance on the road, as that has been shown to prove nothing. We are there to make a stand as co-inhabitants of -7- our roads who deserve the respect, and more and BNSW so your subscription to the magazine importantly a wider birth from our rather larger will continue to support cycling. fellow road users. "Australian Cyclist" magazine is no longer a Critical Mass was born in San Francisco in 1992, compulsory part of Bicycle Tasmania's membership and has since spread quickly around the globe. package only for reasons relating to difficult On the last Friday of every month people from all logistics and the escalating costs of local around the world will take to their alternative distribution. Bicycle Tasmania enthusiastically forms of transportation to be seen on the roads. encourage members to support the magazine by To be seen not merely as another car to whiz by, taking advantage of a subscription option when but rather a vulnerable commuter that is A PART joining, by subscribing independently or by of the traffic, and more importantly, ONE LESS regularly buying the magazine at Newsagents. CAR!! Meet last Friday of every month, Franklin Square at 5:30pm. WINTER CYCLING HAZARD Ken White sent in this very relevant tip. Australian Cyclist magazine Blinded by the sun A danger to be very aware of at this time of year is "Under new ownership" impaired vision for both cyclists and motorists Australian Cyclist" magazine, though recognized caused by the low sun in the morning and late world wide as one of the best for cycle touring afternoon, exactly the time when the streets are at and for articles of interest to the average their busiest. commuter and recreational rider, has been Take for instance Hobart's Harrington Street in the struggling commercially of late. A change of winter months from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm. ownership to Bicycle NSW is planned. The new A vehicle travelling West on this one way street, on owners hope to appeal to a broader market with a approaching Liverpool Street is in deep shade and wider spread of general interest stories and a as is often the case that vehicle is travelling at a reduced emphasis on advocacy. good speed to catch the lights and have some momentum to climb the slight hill to Bathurst The Bicycle Federation of Australia (BFA) used Street. It is somewhat of a shock for the driver to to own the magazine. Their management be suddenly blinded by the sun as they emerge from committee is spread across the country and rarely the shade. meets face to face. The magazine was published There must be many other similar situations in from a base in the offices of BNSW and in other parts of Tasmania so think ahead and beware. practical terms BNSW personnel were deeply If in doubt in these circumstances consider whether involved in its preparation. The change of it is safer to ride on the footpath. ownership pragmatically acknowledges this reality. Local government reports. You may have noticed that the recent issue came Hobart Bicycle Plan Advisory Committee out three months after the previous one. Normally A guest speaker at the July meeting was local historian published six times a year, the extra month Des Hanlon. Des talked to the committee about the between issues was a one-off to allow time for history of properties along the Derwent River foreshore at Battery Point between CSIRO and Sandy Bay. wrangling about the financial aspects of transferring ownership and to allow BNSW time There was a plan in 1986 to build a shared path, to settle in. "WhalersWalk", around this foreshore. The committee is keen to investigate the possibility of reactivating this The magazine was the public face of the BFA and proposal."Whalers Walk" if built would facilitate access for pedestrians and cyclists between Sandy Bay and its main source of income. Under the new Hobart, avoiding the traffic bottleneck at Sandy Bay CBD arrangements profits will be split between BFA and the steep,narrow, winding roads through Battery Point. -8- If the results of feasibility studies are positive Bicycle Glenorchy Bicycle Committee Tasmania feel "Whalers Walk" would make an ideal The cycleway is finished to Berridale Rd Hobart Bicentennary project. It would be a permanent Work will continue including a safety audit on the cycle monument on the river where our colonial history route towards Granton - Old Main Rd through Austins began. An attractive, tourist friendly river-side Ferry-Ten mile hill, and painting bike lanes on Talosa St. development which would provide enduring economic benefits for everyone, especially businesses at Sandy CyclingSouth Bay, Wrest Point and the Hobart waterfront. CyclingSouth are planning an innovative Adult Riding course. It will have a trial run soon with staff of Hobart Kingborough BUG City Council and courses for general public early next Kingborough BUG is continuing to move ahead and year. have begun to develop a broadly based Bicycle Plan for There is a website on the drawing board and a bi-annual the region. At the last meeting maps showing priority newsletter to help keep us informed about CyclingSouth bicycle routes were studied and refined but we need activities. input from as many cyclists as possible. Now is a good Other recent priorities include progressing cycle lane time to have your say about how cycling should be development on Sandy Bay Rd, talks to councils and developed in the Kingborough . Contact Kingborough other politicians with a slide presentation designed to BUG through Bicycle Tasmania or direct emails to educate non-cyclists about cycling issues, and a firstname.lastname@example.org celebration for International Car-Free Day in September which includes Commuter Bike Trains. DIER, working with CyclingSouth and Kingborough See this issue's lead article or contact CyclingSouth ((03) 6238- Council, have marked bike lanes on the Channel Hwy, 2107) or Bicycle Tasmania for more information. from Taroona Hotel for about 600m up Bonnet Hill. If you like the new lanes please tell CyclingSouth. If there are problems please tell us about those too. Contact Bicycle Tasmania's AGM 2001 CyclingSouth through Kingborough Council or on This year's AGM will be held on Sat 6th October email at at Rao's on Bruny Island in combination with a <email@example.com> Salamanca Cyclists Touring Club overnight trip · Come camping and cycling or just come for Other on-road bicycle lanes have been painted at the the Pizza night, starting with the meeting at intersection of Church St and Beach Rd Kingston and 5.00pm. Meeting will finish well before the the council would appreciate feedback about them as last return ferry (7.00pm) well. · You won't get a job unless you want one. Clarence Bicycle Committee · Special easy rides catering for kids so please In their first meeting for a while Clarence bike bring them along. committee decided to update their 1995 Bicycle Plan. Wayne Kelly, President Though only six years old, the plan does not adequately reflect current priorities and how modern communities value alternative transport modes. BICYCLE TASMANIA CONTACTS The committee will also be investigating ways to take PRESIDENT: Wayne Kelly, 03 62267168 (w), 03 62297902 (h), firstname.lastname@example.org advantage of funds for bicycle facilities from the Federal Government's "Roads to Recovery" scheme, is SECRETARY and WEBMASTER: Daniel Murphy, looking to upgrade signage on existing cycle paths and email@example.com will be working with Council to assist definition of appropriate 'Cycling on footpath' No-Go areas in TREASURER and MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY: Kate Stanton, Clarence. firstname.lastname@example.org “SPOKE” EDITOR and Brighton Bicycle Committee RIDE TO WORK CO-ORDINATOR: Brighton Committee are confident that there will be Tim Stredwick, email@example.com funds to improve the Pontville to Brighton Bicycle 03 62664582. path, are working on the development of a Bike track/Skateboard/BMX facility in Seymour St and are BICYCLE FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA REPRESTATIVE: looking to link bicycle facilities with Glenorchy and Adrian Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org promote cycling through schools. Contact Cr P Geard for information. Postal Address – Ph/fax (03) 6268-1143 Bicycle Tasmania c/o 102 Bathurst Street Hobart 7000. -9- Rides (with Salamanca Cyclists' Touring Club) I wish to join / renew my membership to 26 Aug. Easy ride -BBQ Blackmans Bay - after Adopt-a- Bicycle Tasmania. highway clean up 17- 21 Sept. BIKETRAINS Signature.........................................Date......../......../...... 30 Sept. Ride to "Air Walk" through Sthn. Forests Name (print)...............................................................……. ………… 6 Oct..Another Bruny week end -includes Bicycle please tick one Tasmania's AGM (...) $20.00 Single (basic 3rd party $500 excess) 9 Oct. Wine tasting trip in Yarra Valley, Victoria 21 Oct. Back to Oatlands - weekend trip (...) $30.00 Household (basic 3rd party $500 excess) 29 Oct. Tour de Tamar 3 day trip 3 Nov. “M” road mission 2-3 day trip (...) $15.00 Student /Pensioner (basic 3rd party $500 excess) 10 Nov. Opperman All Day Trial ( Audax event) Business/Corporation…………………………………………………. (...) $100.00 Corporate (includes Australian Cyclist magazine) Sunday 26th August Bicycle Tasmania, Adopt-a- Highway clean up & BBQ. Meet at the Shot Tower car Address..............................................................................……… park at 10 a.m., gloves, bags and hi-visibility vests will be provided. The clean up will be followed by a BYO ...........................................................Postcode......….. BBQ at Blackman’s Bay beach. Any queries please Telephone contact Tim Stredwick 62664582 or See You There! September 17-21 (BH)…………………(AH)…………………… CyclingSouth bike train : call Rowan Burns th Email address (for delivery of SPOKE magazine 30 September Ride to Airwalk. Details to be announced : call Rowan Burns 6238 2107 ……………………@ ………………… …….. October6th-7th- Week end at Rao’s on Bruny Island - Includes a short meeting for Bicycle Tasmania's AGM on Saturday evening please contact Tim Stredwick 62664582 or ( ii) Add the option of : mailto:email@example.com $28 for one-year subscription to "Australian Cyclist" magazine. October 9th- 20th Rutherglen to Melbourne via Yarra Address for delivery of subscription (if different from that above) Glen - Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne. pedal to …………………………………………………………………………… Spencer St. Station - train to Rutherglen. meander amongst the winery's towards Beechworth and then …………………………………………………………………………... make our way to Melbourne. For more info Contact Tony & Linda ph; 6228 4986 Postcode……………. st nd Bicycle Tasmania will forward your first years subscription to the 21 -22 October Weekend trip -"Back to Oatlands" festival. Hobart - Colebrook- Oatlands- Camp by publisher, after that it is up to you to renew directly with the publisher, if you wish, when your subscription falls due. Midlands Hotel Attend festival- ride rail to trail to Parattah- return by bus to Hobart. Contact: Rowan Burns (iii) Add the option of : Personal accident insurance with th October 29th -30 -1st Tour de Tamar (Salamanca CYCLE SAFE (inquiries free call 1800 639 634) Cyclists and Hobart Walking Club - combined event) (…..) $50.00 Single Tony and Linda’s 3 day tour of wineries and sights (…..) $65.00 Couple along the Tamar River. Start- Evandale - camping (…..) $75.00 Household (a couple or single parent with children <21 Paper Beach. - Badger Head - -.return to Launceston Names of those to be covered by the insurance (must be living in the one household) via Beauty Point. Contact Tony & Linda ph; 6228 4986 rd 3 November M road mission Names of those to be covered by the insurance (must be living in the The “M” road is one the longest dirt roads in Tas at 124 one household) km in length. We start in Gray near St.Marys and head Policy holder …………………………………………………………… South around the back of the Douglas Apsley National Park. Cross the highway near lake Leake and come out DoB..…/…/…….. Occupation…………………………………… on the coast at little Swanport. May have to do a car shuffle or a bus trip. Open to suggestions. Other…………………………………………………………………… Contact "Rowan Burns" DoB…../…/……... <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> Other …………………………………………………………………… REGULAR EVENTS Ride with Salamanca Cyclists Touring Club DoB..…/…/……… * Last Sunday each month: Introduction to touring. Other ………………………………………………………………… Every Sunday 10.00 am: Meet at Machine Laundry DoB..…/…/……… Cafe/Salamanca Square (unless advertised otherwise) for a yarn and a cycle. destinations decided by those present I have enclosed a cheque /money order made out to Bicycle Tasmania AUDAX Calendar 2000 - 2001 (Tasmania) Contact: Paul Gregory Ph 62336619 W 62293811 H [Add (i) plus options (ii)+(iii)] if applicable Total $…………… email <email@example.com> or firstname.lastname@example.org Send to: Bicycle Tasmania Membership Secretary c/o Kate Stanton, 1/19 Zomay Ave Dynnyrne, Tasmania. 7005 - 10 - - 11 - c/o The Tasmanian Environment Center 102 Bathurst Street Hobart 7000 Secretary: Wayne Kelly 6226 7168 (work), 6229 7902 (ah). email: email@example.com Web site: http://www.netspace.net.au/~dmurphy/bt.htm We meet at the above address on the first Tuesday in each month. (except Jan.) Members and others interested are invited to attend and express their views on any cycling issues. Membership inquiries : by email <firstname.lastname@example.org> or post : 1/19 Zomay Ave Dynnyrne, Tasmania. 7005 ADVICE-ADVOCACY-ADVENTURE … for all cyclists MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS - Bicycle Tasmania is an entirely voluntary bicycle advocacy organisation. We work in a watchdog role with governments to look out for the interests of all cyclists. Bicycle Tasmania is represented on local Council bicycle committees and State Bicycle Advisory Committees. (Through affiliation with the Bicycle Federation of Australia, Tasmanian cyclists also have a voice nationally on the Road Safety Consultative committee and the National Road Transport Commission). Your membership and support helps us to continue that work. -Your membership includes basic 3rd party insurance and the option to buy personal accident insurance, to cover you whilst cycling, at very reasonable rates. -Members are eligible for a 10% discount with many retailers around the state -We publish "SPOKE" to keep members informed about current cycling issues and state wide events. -We have a calendar of cycling activities. Some of our rides will be strenuous but most are not. Choose the type of cycling that suits you best. Join us on an Audax Century or for a friendly easy social rides most weekends. We can put you in touch with enthusiasts who use their bicycles for recreation, commuting to work or tour all around Tasmania, Australia, and the World. Visit our website for details. -Our experienced members can offer useful advice on almost any bicycle-related problem. Detach here detach here Membership Application Form I wish to join / renew my membership to Bicycle Tasmania. (i) Signature.........................................Date......../......../...... please tick one (...) $20.00 Single (basic 3rd party $500 excess) Name (print)...............................................................……. ………… (...) $30.00 Household (basic 3rd party $500 excess) (...) $15.00 Student /Pensioner (basic 3rd party $500 excess) Business/Corporation…………………………………………………. (...) $100.00 Corporate (includes Australian Cyclist magazine) Address..............................................................................…………… ...........................................................Postcode......….. Telephone (BH)…………………(AH)…………………… Email address (for delivery of SPOKE magazine as an 'Acrobat' attachment) ………………………………@ ………………………………….. Note: as of July 2000 all memberships will fall due simultaneously on the first of July each year ( ii) Add the option of : $28 for one-year subscription to "Australian Cyclist" magazine. Address for delivery of subscription (if different from that above) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Postcode……………. Bicycle Tasmania will forward your first years subscription to the publisher, after that it is up to you to renew directly with the publisher, if you wish, when your subscription falls due. (iii) Add the option of : Personal accident insurance with CYCLE SAFE (inquiries free call 1800 639 634) (…..) $26.00 Single (…..) $40.00 Household Names of those to be covered by the insurance (must be living in the one household) Policy holder …………………………………………………………… DoB..…/…/…….. Occupation…………………………………… Other…………………………………………………………………… DoB…../…/……... Other …………………………………………………………………… DoB..…/…/……… Other ………………………………………………………………… DoB..…/…/……… I have enclosed a cheque /money order made out to Bicycle Tasmania [Add (i) plus options (ii)+(iii)] if applicable Total $…………… Send to: Bicycle Tasmania Membership Secretary c/o Kate Stanton, 1/19 Zomay Ave Dynnyrne, Tasmania. 7005 - 12 - The newsletter of BICYCLE TASMANIA Inc. - 13 - - 14 - The newsletter of BICYCLE TASMANIA Inc.