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Colin replied to herzog's discussion Halfbike - helmet and footpath workaround?
"146 kph on a skateboard"
Colin replied to Jon's discussion Amsterdam
"I bought a Dutch SIM from the first convenience store I saw once I got out of Amsterdam train station. Cheap and easy. A recent law change in Europe means all European SIMS must have free roaming throughout the EU (there are a few small exceptions…"
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Helmetless riders

Sick of fools yelling "where's your helmet"? Can't understand why a safe mode of transport like cycling has been singled out for mandatory helmet wearing? Want to ride with the breeze in your hair? This is your group.See More
Nov 3
Colin replied to Jon's discussion Amsterdam
"I was there earlier this year, and hired a bike for the duration. If you have the time, I recommend a day-trip into the countryside. It's easy by bike. I've attached the route I went on - it was a 40 km round trip.  I had lunch in…"
Nov 1
Colin replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"Oh alright, here's a screenshot..."
Oct 29
Colin replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"It shows on the app as a green line."
Oct 29
Colin replied to Stuart's discussion Safe commuter route Paddington to The Grounds Alexandria
"Apart from Cook Rd itself, she can do the whole thing on separated cycleways and shared paths, and very directly. It's the sort of journey that is much easier by bike than just about any other mode of transport. 4.5 km of flat…"
Oct 26
Colin replied to tonydelyall's discussion Hearing electric cars coming?
"Two things.I want a quieter city. Adding noise - yuck. Adding a noise also sends the message that it's everybody else's responsibility to get out of the way. I'd prefer drivers to take responsibility for the danger their choice of…"
Oct 26
Colin replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"If you join this group: can get early warnings of helmet stings in Sydney."
Oct 15
Colin replied to Bill Parker's discussion Duncan Gay takes job with transport consultancy
"The rationale for those big pensions is to reduce corruption. In theory they allow ex-politicians to act fearlessly in office without worrying about cruelling their chances of a post-politics job, as they won't need a post-politics job It…"
Sep 14
Colin replied to PeterT's discussion Bicycle NSW promotes helmets with Transport NSW 'facts' on Facebook
"Devils dealing with devils is not a Faustian pact. I reckon the rulers of BNSW share the same anti-cycling values as those in government. Former Board President Jon Leighton is a perfect example. (When I say "anti-cycling" I really mean an…"
Sep 13
Colin replied to PeterT's discussion Bicycle NSW promotes helmets with Transport NSW 'facts' on Facebook
"Reading between the lines, the BNSW Board/employees are split on this issue. The post originally did NOT have the disclaimer - it was added after one (or more?) of the BNSW employees saw the post and objected to it."
Sep 13
Colin replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Influencing the policies of political parties*
"I think the issue with BNSW and BV is the "what they really think" part. Those organisations' real thoughts remain supportive of, and embedded within, the current auto-domination of our streets. Whatever good relations they develop…"
Aug 10
Vicki commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"They clearly want to fix this problem and think That mandating helmets will do that at no cost to the govt. I doubt they will do it though after seeing the recent media coverage regarding quad bikes."
Jul 21
Dan commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Helmets in the news again... My comment below - having trouble submitting it on the SMH website…"
Jul 20
Vicki commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"The reason they mention helmets is because they have collected data for lives lost due to not wearing motorcycle helmets. It's interesting that no such data collection is done for bicycle helmets ...."
Jul 20
PeterT commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"No idea how helmet was mentioned in an article about drivers speeding  "Speeding is still the number one killer on our roads, contributing to about 40 per cent of fatal crashes. "When you combine speeding with other risky…"
Jul 20
Colin replied to John Knight's discussion So a neighbour in Lane Cove got T boned by a car in April
"It's also a way to go to the front of the queue to see the doctor when you get "triaged" at the Emergency Department."
Jul 6
Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Freestyle Cyclists of Sydney are having their second helmet optional community ride this Sunday, July 2nd at 12.15 at Olympic Park. The ride commences at Bicentennial Park Courts, 64 Victoria Ave, Concord West. The ride aims to bring people with a…"
Jun 28
Colin replied to Al.'s discussion Death shakes
"Here are some death shakes:"
Jun 28

Colin's Discussions

Challenging a bogus fine

Started this discussion. Last reply by yugyug Mar 10, 2016. 26 Replies

Massive anti-bike blitz today

Started this discussion. Last reply by Samuel Russell Mar 14, 2016. 101 Replies

City of Sydney Doing it Right

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Alexander Feb 23, 2015. 4 Replies

Cycling without age

Started this discussion. Last reply by sammy Oct 10, 2014. 21 Replies

Campbell St Cycleway Progress

Started this discussion. Last reply by yugyug Aug 26, 2014. 29 Replies

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Comment Wall (17 comments)

At 7:27pm on December 18, 2007, DamianM said…
Hi Colin
Welcome to the site! Loving your contributions so far.
At 8:08pm on December 18, 2007, Colin said…
At 10:28pm on May 26, 2008, DamianM said…
Hey Colin
Really glad you're enjoying the site.
I think Twitter works for me the way it does because I'm a site admin and can embed that code. It wont work for everyone else, but you can take the rss feed from twitter and put that on your page.
At 9:13pm on June 4, 2008, ChrisS said…
Re: theme, it's a nice simple theme, but a older one. Unfortunately Ning has a tendency to roll out new changes and stuff up older themes a tad. Think the css is still available but with limited support.
At 11:50am on June 10, 2008, DamianM said…
That's awesome! Nicely done.
NIng is great for this stuff
At 10:52am on June 16, 2009, Fixit said…
Hi Colin,
I'll add the ASRA site to my shop links page. I'd love to come and watch a comp. Yes drop in some time! I see Yogi mention Surfer Sam - my sister and I gunned our Surfer Sams straight down the massive hill we lived on as kids - many a gravel rash was had.
At 10:16pm on June 25, 2009, DamianM said…
Heya Colin

You weren't skating down market st in the city on Tuesday night at about 8:30 were you ?
Saw a few guys skating, and one looked a little familiar. I know I've seen photos of you somewhere.
At 8:15pm on August 26, 2009, Lisa said…
you still alive?
At 2:08pm on May 6, 2010, Mark Lambert said…
Hey Colin, did you get my reply to your message last week? I never heard back from you.
At 8:41am on June 28, 2010, Edward Re said…
Nice to meet you Colin! Louis passes on his congratulation to Edmund for winning the youngest rider's prize. It was a close contest. Am jealous of the Bullitt!

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Anti-cyclists are out of the loop

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 6:55pm 12 Comments

Last week on my way home from work I stopped at a red light on Oxford St in Darlinghurst and found myself in a bunch of 12 cyclists.

Yesterday at the same intersection it was 16. I've been riding up Oxford St for many years, and I've never seen such a crowd. It used to be just me.

(Those 16 cyclists took up…


Where in the world is my bike?

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 5:50pm 9 Comments

The price you pay for riding a bike

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 3:58pm 6 Comments

Today I cycled down Crown St instead of my usual route on Bourke St. I wanted to avoid the mess created by the construction work for the cycleway, and I figured it would be an opportunity to see why so many cyclists prefer Crown to Bourke. I'd never had good experiences on Crown - I always seem to attract road ragers there, and it happened again today.

It started when a middle-aged guy in a car… Continue

My long distance commute through the suburbs

Posted on September 25, 2009 at 12:05pm 5 Comments

Although I ride almost every day, it's rare that I ever ride more than about 6km in any one go, and most of my trips are 2km or less. But today I rode to Rhodes from Darlinghurst, which is about 20km. It's a different experience.

It was morning rush hour and I got to experience stuff like the crowd on Pyrmont Bridge that everybody talks about. I can't see the problem there; if I was to imagine a perfect street for cycling it would be the Pyrmont Bridge - no cars, a pleasant view, and… Continue

From the CEO of BP

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 7:56pm 1 Comment

We're Investing So Much In Alternative Fuels, Sometimes We Almost Forget To Pump Oil!

Ever since we changed our name from British Petroleum to BP (Beyond Petroleum) in 2000, we've led the way in developing progressive, environmentally friendly alternatives to gasoline. These last few years of pouring money into biofuels and renewable energy sources have been so great that I can't…

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