Beardfear
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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Recreational
Tell us about your bikes
Main bike: A Batavus Dutch bike.
Backup: Shogun 80s road bike, converted bit-by-bit into an upright slow bike. Gullwing handlebars, U are my fantasy.
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Beardfear replied to ChrisH's discussion Son of Pyrmont Bridge
"Superficially appealing as the monorail retrofit idea may be for about 5 minutes, and well-intentioned though it might be, it's pretty horrible when you give it more thought.  A whole side of every street it runs over would be degraded and…"
Apr 24, 2012
Beardfear replied to Doddsy's discussion Alan Jones is Recruiting anti Cycling Submissions. Deadline this Monday!
"Someone should laminate a copy of this and mail it to David Hannan: Court Sides with Sadik-Khan: Bike Lane Stays Here here."
Feb 15, 2012
Beardfear replied to Doddsy's discussion Alan Jones is Recruiting anti Cycling Submissions. Deadline this Monday!
"I sent in a favourable submission, with a few bits of constructive criticism from my experience using it. Unless this is all just some good old fashioned bike-hating, I'm really baffled as to what the problem is. Loss of parking? Most…"
Feb 15, 2012
Beardfear replied to Richard (Poncho)'s discussion Dismount!? No thanks!
"Good idea. Just wrote to the Lord Mayor (who chairs the EHC committee) and the usual cycleways address. Made clear that I supported their cycling program in general, but that the "dismount zones" were a poor idea."
Feb 9, 2012
Beardfear replied to Richard (Poncho)'s discussion Dismount!? No thanks!
"Thanks Bob. I expect the "dismount zones" at Eddy Avenue and Devonshire Street will be ignored - rightly or wrongly, but certainly understandably - by most riders, who'll ride at pedestrian speed instead through this ~200m of…"
Feb 8, 2012
Beardfear replied to Richard (Poncho)'s discussion Dismount!? No thanks!
"A wide bus/bike lane would be fine as a *supplementary option* for confident riders. If it felt safe enough, I'd probably use it.But if it were the only option through here, it would be an anomaly - at one of the city's most prickly…"
Dec 6, 2011
Beardfear replied to Richard (Poncho)'s discussion Dismount!? No thanks!
"With all respect, I don't think an on-road solution is the answer at an intersection of this complexity. Nor would dismount signs and squeezes through the Eddy Avenue pedestrian tunnels be acceptable either. Both would deter the riders (and the…"
Dec 5, 2011
Beardfear replied to Boaz's discussion Burke St to Burke Rd
"They'll definitely need to sort that out. I imagine there may be some RTA-related obstacles to a crossing and that they're working on it.   Until this is fixed, the Mandible/Allen/Short Street detour will remain the main route past…"
Nov 30, 2011
Beardfear replied to Boaz's discussion Burke St to Burke Rd
"On the other missing link - between the Bourke Road cycleway and the Coward Street shared path - the latest info I could find was from BIKEast in July 2011. BIKEast endorses the bi-directional off-road cycleway proposed in the Inner City Regional…"
Nov 30, 2011
Beardfear replied to Andrew K's discussion Cycling issues in NSW Parliament
"Actually it is - I'm not apathetic but instead have strong, conflicted feelings both ways.   I support the reasons and the rationale behind it 100%, but without some powerful message that connects to people who don't already cycle (or…"
Nov 25, 2011
Beardfear replied to Andrew K's discussion Cycling issues in NSW Parliament
"All you need to do to make it stop, Duncan, is to build a convenient, safe and high-quality network for cycling - something which would barely put a dent in the bloated state road budget. No "Critical Mass" protests in the Netherlands,…"
Nov 25, 2011
Beardfear replied to Andrew K's discussion Policy developments in NSW Parliament
"Indeed - and plenty who work in the Penrith CBD or Nepean Hospital and live, say, 3kms away in Glenmore Park or Cranebrook or Jamiesontown might appreciate the option to ride. Save themselves the mini-traffic jam (which gets worse with every new…"
Oct 24, 2011
Beardfear replied to Andrew K's discussion Policy developments in NSW Parliament
"She promised that the light rail construction would make allowance for a future GreenWay in the corridor. Until now I only remember some wishy-washy language along these lines, but this is a clearer statement. To this end, I hope this is locked in…"
Oct 19, 2011
Beardfear replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Commuters go full cycle - Sun-Herald
"I beg to differ. I think we've read oppositely into this article's message. The message I took away from the Tele article was of a practical, accessible but still enjoyable (though in a different way) alternative to the sports-focused…"
Oct 11, 2011
Beardfear replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Commuters go full cycle - Sun-Herald
"I like the cut of Omar Khalifa's jib, but in the context of this article his advice seems deeply out of step. My conversion to bike riding as an adult was hiring a Velib in Paris. No seat-above-handlebars, no bike fitting, no high vis and…"
Oct 10, 2011
Beardfear liked Rob Berry's discussion Sydney Cycleway Usage - September 2011
Oct 7, 2011

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