Thought I would post this separate to the thread that's busy running on that hit-and-run fatality.

Not sure if it's been mentioned before, but if you're carrying a phone on you when cycling (I'd say most of us do?), or for any other possible emergency, it's advisable to have one or two numbers stored under the listing "ICE" - "In Case of Emergency".

Paramedics will look in your phone for these numbers. And it helps them to know who is the preferred person to phone - in my case, my brother - rather than phoning, for eg, the number listed as "Mum" - who might not be the best person to receive news of an accident first.

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My iPhone is typically code locked after a short period of inactivity to prevent casual theft, so ICE in the address book won't help. But I used a free app called Close Call a desktop screen with my emergency contact on it. It's shown as the default screen even when locked.
Something non electronic technology based would be good as electronics don't always survive a nasty impact, and some of us who are trying to identify you aren't gifted with technological skills. Even something basic with name and contact details in a jersey pocket if you're not carrying any other ID would be an option (maybe a laminated card?)
I wear one of these: on my wrist every time I jump on the bike. It keeps my mum and partner happy.
I think the road id stuff is great, I know a few people who use it.

I usually just stick my drivers license in my jersey pocket. For a while I had a card I'd made with my address, phone number and blood type, but I've moved since and haven't made a new one :)
and for those with prints in the system it becomes easier
Never carry a wallet when I cycle, just a coupla dollar notes, keys and a phone.
I agree with your comment above John, I hate having to go through people's clothing etc trying to find some way of identifying them. Unfortunately kids don't generally carry and ID ):
Good points John.

Trouble is Big Brother in Aussie really IS problematic. Borderline Democracy perhaps, but Liberal Democracy it ain't.

The sporting side of cycling can become really problematic around Sydney. Did you know that a couple of thousand square kilometres of the nearby National Park land, where the Acts enshrine rights to recreational use, are regulated off limits on pain of an $11,000 fine?

Better not to carry ID there. At least foreign ID might be an option. Or something on yer hankie, along with essential medical data eh.
Blue Mountains and Kanangra Boyd National Parks.

Classic rides on fire trails such as Katoomba to Mittagong are consequently illegal for cycling. Kedumba. Hayes Crossing. Scotts Main Range. Lands near Yerranderie. Wentworth Falls to Warragamba. Yada yada.

Many of the bushwalks and rides included in books sold at map shops and the tourist information centres are also verboten.

It is so silly, the zones of bureaucratic naughtiness extend right up to several mountains townships and even the highway. Step into the bushes and you are in the wrong.

It was only a minor issue until water was corporatized. Nowadays they kick cyclists out because that is the cheapest management option. They are supposed to maximise profit returned to Govt therefore practice exclusion in favour of visitor management and supervision.

Happily the cops aren't likely to attend for the rangers. They know it is potty stuff.

Just getting the tiniest beginnings of relaxation on these access restrictions, after years of lobbying.

Qld isn't great either. Cycling on maintained roads and tracks in their National Parks is not legal there.
I believe you can actually walk through most of it, apart from an area close to Warragamba (never mind the thousands of feral cattle, pigs, dogs, etc ). However vehicles are indeed verboten - and this includes bicycles, even if you are just walking along and pushing them.
Much of the land behind Woodford, Hazelbrook, Katoomba and Bleakheath is also verboten on the North side.

You can't walk/run Katoomba-Mittagong either, as the exit route is verboten. There's a legal corridor out via Beloon Pass, which is impassable. Pointless!

Really the problem with walking thru most of it is that as some point on most of the classic routes they have a prohibited section. Medlow-Kedumba for instance is sealed off in this way.

According to them you can't walk Wenty-Falls to Warragamba any more either, on account of their boundary fiddles.

Of course in reality you can walk where you want if you listen out for their patrol trucks. Where's dat wascally wabbit??
Oh and this has just cropped up, affecting safe cycling in our parks:

The PSA has today issued a statement in response to reports that the Government is negotiating with the Shooter Party about allowing hunting in national parks.

This is an issue that directly affects our members who work for the national parks service.

General Secretary John Cahill has today said "The Association and its members are totally opposed to any recreational hunting in National Parks in New South Wales ."

Accordingly the Association directs members not to agree to, nor participate in, assisting with any support for the establishment of recreational hunting in National Parks in New South Wales .

A rally has been organised for 12 noon on Tuesday 27 October 2009 outside Parliament House, Macquarie Street , Sydney . Members are asked to attend this rally in either uniform or otherwise.

Our delegates and members want a big turn-out at the rally, so please spread the notice.

The rally has been organised by the National parks Association and others. PSA is supporting it. Athur Willis, Chair of the DECCW Departmental Committe will be among the speakers.

For further information please see:
PSA media release Recreational hunting in national parks at


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