Cycling in Sydney Australia
So here's a discussion topic for the morning.....
There's a lot of angst here about what Bicycle NSW do, what they don't do, who's firing who and what's going on.
I know a lot of people got pretty disillusioned some time ago and let their membership lapse.
But I started thinking about it last night and the question that is top of my mind is "what do people want from a body like BNSW" ?
Is it an advocacy organisation that can speak for cyclists issues to govt or the media ?
Is it the insurance ?
Is it the big multi day cycling events ?
Is it the smaller one day events ?
The magazine ?
An umbrella organisation for the local work done by the BUGs ?
Something else ? Something else you ARE getting ? or something else you'd LIKE ?
I think it would be really interesting to know what it is people are actually looking for in an organisation, and whether BNSW can deliver it, or whether those things actually already exist and we're just mourning the memory of what it used to mean to people.
I ask that this stays on topic, I feel it's an important one.
Antony I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for another Discovery weekend. That started as Omar's baby and he has gone. Liz Hole was very involved in the running of it and she's gone. I don't think Tony Henderson can do everything on his own, talented though he is.
I think the best we can hope for from BNSW in the way of events from now on is that they MIGHT give some "in kind" support to other groups who want to run events.
I'm not sure if Boris did, will read all about it later in the Grauniad.
Yes, I would have thought a Commissioner with empowerment to make Transport perform against criteria (including the UN target AU has signed up to).
And binding Transport to Health Dept requirements too especially regarding pollution I would think.
Anyway I'm thinking for local work, including advocacy, the BUGS are just fine. BNSW is a vestigial organ now which isn't representing us (and BUGS). Insurance can be done better other ways.
"what do people want from a body like BNSW" ?
Nothing much, just this :
Perhaps, in other to be the voice representing cyclists, they need to speak in order to be heard.
Peter, rap yourself over the knuckles. Mission statements are not intended to be used for anything but employing expensive consultants/wasting staff time to come up with meaningless motherhood statements that will never be followed! Fancy anyone expecting BNSW to follow their motherhood statements! Phut! ;-)
All those objectives are soft motherhood non-commitments. And some are an absolute zero on the achievement front.
"achieve" - no, can't offer that.
Some of the advocacy ones are total fails.