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Time is running out to write a brief SUBMISSION to support the proposed new Lane Cove Bike Plan

Started Oct 27, 2013 0 Replies

The proposed new Lane Cove Bike Plan aims to make it safe for children and families to ride the bike - recreationally, to school, library, aquatic centre, etc. It proposes a new network of shared…Continue

Please support the NEW 2013 Lane Cove BICYCLE PLAN

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward Re Dec 13, 2013. 65 Replies

After 6 months of investigating all the safe cycling options for the Lane Cove area the Bicycle Advisory Committee [BAC] has recommended an exciting new 2013 Bicycle Plan which aims to attract a…Continue

Copenhagen-style separate cycleways planned for Christchurch

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phillip J Apr 5, 2013. 1 Reply

If Christchurch can charge their rate payers the equivalent of a mere 4 cups of coffee and achieve this, why can't we do the same throughout Sydney? Sydney is far more affluent, yet the average…Continue

CYCLIST SAFETY ON ROADS

Started this discussion. Last reply by JP Mar 8, 2013. 6 Replies

The Christchurch Press is continually supporting positive editorial on cycling. Here is an article on road safety for cyclists that some members might like to follow up & comment about. You have…Continue

 

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Russ W liked Don Murchison's event The Big Family Fun Ride
Sep 8, 2015
Don Murchison commented on Don Murchison's event The Big Family Fun Ride
"We are still looking for a few volunteers to be marshals for the ride. This will involve less than an hour of time and afterwards you can enjoy the rest of the ride & a free sausage. If you can help please call Don Murchison on 9906 2350 or Russ…"
Sep 8, 2015
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The Big Family Fun Ride at Convene in Car park opposite Lane Cove Council

September 13, 2015 from 11am to 2pm
 This is the 3rd annual Big Family Fun Ride.  We’ll celebrate with three routes this year:Beginners’ Route ~ 3 km, easy mainly down hill gradient for young children.Intermediate Route ~ 5.5 km, with several moderate hills.More Accomplished Riders’ Group ~ 10 km, with hills and some less even surfaces. The Big Family Fun Ride will allow families and cyclists to experience the new links of shared user pathways that have recently been completed in Lane Cove along with links that are in the…See More
Sep 8, 2015
Don Murchison commented on Don Murchison's event The BIG FAMILY FUN RIDE
"We are short of a couple of volunteers to be Marshalls & one person for the BBQ. If anyone can help plese email me ASAP:   <  donmurchison@gmail.com  >  or please call me on:  9906 2350. Thanks."
Aug 28, 2014
Don Murchison commented on Don Murchison's event The BIG FAMILY FUN RIDE
"More details on Facebook: www.facebook.com/bigfamilyfunride"
Aug 28, 2014
Don Murchison commented on Don Murchison's event The BIG FAMILY FUN RIDE
"Over 50 have registered via the Lane Cove Council's website."
Aug 28, 2014
Don Murchison liked Don Murchison's event The BIG FAMILY FUN RIDE
Aug 27, 2014
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The BIG FAMILY FUN RIDE at Epping Rd Cycleway to Artarmon & Bicentennial Reserve

August 31, 2014 from 11:15am to 3pm
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hop on a bike and safely travel to key destinations in Lane Cove without being reliant on the car or frustrated by parking issues, congestion and pollution? The Bicycle Advisory Committee [BAC] is truly “Reflecting Forward” in the theme of the Cameraygal Festival, with a vision for safe off-road cycling infrastructure. You are invited to share their vision for safe cycling on an enjoyable cycling excursion down the Epping Rd Cycleway to explore the magnificent…See More
Aug 27, 2014
Don Murchison replied to Pat The Rat's discussion Epping Rd Cycleway New Hazards Lane Cove-Pittwater area 16 May 2014 noted
"I am chairperson of the Lane Cove Council's Bicycle Advisory Committee & we have a meeting on Tuesday evening. I don't have time to ride down there before Tuesday & have just been made aware of this hazard. If anyone is passing…"
May 17, 2014
Edward Re replied to Don Murchison's discussion Please support the NEW 2013 Lane Cove BICYCLE PLAN
"There you go, a solution to keep everyone happy."
Dec 13, 2013
Bob Moore replied to Don Murchison's discussion Please support the NEW 2013 Lane Cove BICYCLE PLAN
"Its a fairly straight path, manageable on a sturdy tourer/hybrid/cx etc, with a bit of rock hopping, and a creek crossing,  from memory of an explore through there a few years ago. Absolutely beautiful bush, something kids will remember if they…"
Dec 13, 2013
Scientia et Labore replied to Don Murchison's discussion Please support the NEW 2013 Lane Cove BICYCLE PLAN
"November 13, 2013 at 12:52pm: "If true it sounds to me as if Route 4 would be better done as a wiggly MTB single track with a natural surface, sustainably designed & maintained to IMBA standards leaving the longer way around to…"
Dec 13, 2013
Scientia et Labore replied to Don Murchison's discussion Please support the NEW 2013 Lane Cove BICYCLE PLAN
"Exactly. Let's hope the locals get organised and do this."
Dec 13, 2013
Neil Alexander replied to Don Murchison's discussion Please support the NEW 2013 Lane Cove BICYCLE PLAN
"Thanks, again, Susan, for your voice of reason. Gee, I get so tired of hearing the excuses for why cycling is impossible trotted out by the NIMBYs who all support use of bicycles but not on this particular bit of whatever…"
Dec 13, 2013
Susan Loane replied to Don Murchison's discussion Please support the NEW 2013 Lane Cove BICYCLE PLAN
"I'll add in a couple of observations as I don't want Brenton to be the only person on this forum who seems to have any knowledge of schoolkids. Firstly, there are already some Riverview boys who ride bikes to school.  My neighbours…"
Dec 13, 2013

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Road Cycling, Track Cycling, Recreational, Whatever
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Lane Cove
Tell us about your bikes
Road bikes, Folding bikes for the car, train & travelling, kids bikes, E-bikes, tandem bike & a couple of spare bikes for visitors.
About Me:
I am currently [since August 2012] the Chairperson of the Lane Cove Council's Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Professionally I am an Artist, Comedian, Writer, Variety Artist, Hygromorphomatician [artistic harvesting of rainwater to create artificail streams, ponds & waterfalls.]

I initiated the Community Pathways Project to facilitate off-road shared pathways in Lane Cove, as the roads in Lane Cove are considered too dangerous for families in this area & many schools won't even allow kids to ride to school. We planned a magnificent off-road route from the Epping Rd Cycleway / Lane Cove town centre all the way to Greenwich Point [ the ferry.] It also included a boardwalk along the foreshore. Part of the route was through parkland between the Lane Cove Country Club [golf course] & residential houses, with scenic views of the city. This was to be on the Lane Cove Bike Plan, but was voted out by 5 / 4. Happily we now have it back on the Draft of the 2013 Bike Plan. after the current Council voted 7 / 2 in favour of it going to public consultation. We now need all the support we can get to get it and the other 14 cycle friendly routes approved.

I admire what some Councils, like Ku-ring-gai have done, to create non-intrusive one metre wide shared pathways through the bush....to enable all mobilities to enjoy the bush & allow prams & cyclists to escape the exhaust fumes & dangerous cars! I am a staunch advocate of shared pathways, separated cycleway routes in higher cycle usage areas, & of kids riding to school & students riding to universites / TAFE’s, etc.

The bike is the main mode of transport for our family - especially for all local [up to 10 kilometre journeys.] Now we have two young children we have bought E-bikes which we find fantastic to assist on the hills & when we have a load, or a child on the back. With 10 bikes in the garage, the car is really secondary for our transport needs, although I do keep a folding bike in the car at all times to enable me to park well short of my destination [if I do need to take the car] so parking is never an issue or expense. Indeed cycling is usually a pleasure.
Website:
http://www.comedyspecialists.com.au

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