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Colin replied to Dan's discussion Another close pass - marked police vehicle
"Awkward. Perhaps it could be worthwhile getting somebody from BNSW to help, or even accompany you to the police station. Might get a better response from the cops."
Friday
Colin replied to Bob Moore's discussion M4-M5 Concept Plan- with bike links in the Rozelle Railyards.
"It's possible that for every bit of car capacity they add with the toll road they take it away on the parallel surface roads - ideally by converting it into separated cycleways. I'd support such a thing. It would be tremendously unpopular…"
Wednesday
Colin replied to Ben's discussion New Proposed Sydney Bike Path
"Why have you have chosen that location for a cycle path? Cycling infrastructure often gets located in the bits of space nobody else wants or needs, rather than the places where it would actually be useful."
May 9
Colin replied to Jake Simon Piddock's discussion What bike would work best for me?
"I agree with this, and would recommend going to a bike shop that specialises in transport-cycling as opposed to sport-cycling. They would help steer you in the right direction. One option is Omafiets in Redfern; here's the list of…"
May 4
Colin replied to Dabba's discussion Failure of police to charge motorists for car/bike offences
"Why shouldn't the onus be on drivers to have an accurate speedo, and if they can't manage that, give some leeway themselves by assuming their speedo is understating their speed? Why transfer this problem to innocent victims?"
May 4
Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Report on the helmet optional protest organised by Freestyle Cyclists and held in Melbourne last weekend. http://rebelmetropolis.org/melbourne-rides-against-anti-cycling-helmet-laws/"
Mar 23
Colin replied to AdamM's discussion Duncan Gay may be gone, but Deputy Mayor Kerryn Phelps is still here!
"This is what makes me think she is being disingenuous. She surely knows the council has no power here, and so is just raising this issue to score points among the moron element."
Feb 15
Dan commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Saw three more lidless riders this morning. So much more comfortable / practical in the heat."
Feb 13
Peter Robinson commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"The subject came up on our last bug ride. I take note of the helmet/no helmet ratio and out here in Pakenham it's becoming more common all the time for non training cyclists to go lidless. Sometimes it's all I see. But the feedback from…"
Feb 9
Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"There is more civil disobedience in Melbourne now too. Now that NSW has the highest bike helmet fines in the world, at $190, Victoria's helmet fines seem cut-price. A few weeks ago we rode in the beach suburbs of Carrum and Mordialloc and saw…"
Feb 9
Dan commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"I have been seeing more people riding without helmets recently. Perhaps the hot weather, but I saw three other people tonight, cruising along with just a hat on. It gives me hope that even against a punitive regime of enforcement and fines, civil…"
Feb 8
Colin replied to tonydelyall's discussion Uber admits to self-driving car 'problem' for cyclists
"Maybe nobody will be required to be in the cab. Or maybe a person will be required but they might be able to sleep, thus allowing truckies to work longer shifts and cut costs. And perhaps a truckie will be required for the city streets, but once…"
Dec 21, 2016
Colin replied to tonydelyall's discussion Uber admits to self-driving car 'problem' for cyclists
"We'll have autonomous trucks before cars cos freeways and highways are much easier to program for than city streets, and there's a lot of money to be saved by not having to pay truck drivers."
Dec 21, 2016
Colin replied to tonydelyall's discussion Uber admits to self-driving car 'problem' for cyclists
"This doesn't seem too alarming. The programmers were ignorant of the law regarding bike lanes, and now that they've been told they're gonna change it.  It confirms the need for vigilance and political pressure to make sure…"
Dec 21, 2016
Colin commented on Dan's blog post Wearing out
"The king is dead, long live the king. In a way this story is about the longevity of the larger item - the bike. Bits and pieces wear out and are replaced, but the bike remains whole and good."
Dec 14, 2016
Colin commented on Dan's blog post City cycling without ID
"Agree that outside of weekday peaks the CBD cycleways can look very empty, but I walked home last night (Sunday at 10pm) along Liverpool St cycleway and was somewhat surprised to see it being well-used - lots of food couriers, and what looked like…"
Dec 12, 2016
Colin commented on Dan's blog post City cycling without ID
"I've seen a massive reduction in helmetless riders in my area (Darlinghurst, inner-east, CBD). It's gone from a significant percentage (maybe 10%) to hardly any (about 1%)."
Dec 9, 2016
Colin replied to Stuart's discussion Wilson and Burren St Cycleways - have your say
"Wilson St in it's current form, especially the Redfern Station end, can be very pleasant. It's a quiet oasis where you have a wide street mostly to yourself. At this end of the street I'd hate to be stuck in a little cycleway off to…"
Nov 30, 2016
Colin replied to Bob Moore's discussion Announcing- the Inner West Bicycle Coalition
"There will be people who ride dangerously fast downhill in the bi-di. That's a given. And they will cause danger for everybody else using the bi-di. Imagine the slow rider, unsteadily climbing the hill in the bi-di, while an idiot bombs down…"
Nov 30, 2016
Ride2Wk commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Brad Frankum - we can't pretend that daily car usage doesn't cause harm either but where's AMA pushing for LESS car usage, LESS air pollution related illness and MORE walking & cycling? Most doctors I see are driving…"
Nov 29, 2016

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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Profile Information

What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Recreational, Whatever
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Darlinghurst
Tell us about your bikes
It's not about the bike.
Website:
http://www.skateboardracing.org.au

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…
Thanks!
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…

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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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