"Yeah, "towards zero", not "vision zero", weasel words obviously put there by the minister wanting some wiggle room if trends didn't look good.
Some positives around: Doctors in Newcastle are lobbying for a network of cycle…"
"There are many ways to address safety. But while we continue to design our cities and more importantly our NEW developments around cars nothing is going to change.
We are continuing have urban design centred around cars as the primary means of…"
"The drink driving campaigns were the result of years of lobbying led by the medical establishment. Community acceptance came after the laws were introduced; they were bitterly fought by many groups, RBT especially. It's a good example of how…"
"One of the founding principles is: It's not about the technology it's about how you use it.
Australians have a deserved reputation as early adopters of new tech, proof is in the number of on board cameras for cars, bikes and…"
"Thanks for posting that, it reminds me of this little video via Mark Wagenbuur ( "Bicycle Dutch" ), in that both recognise "that all people make mistakes", and that any successful designs must take this into account and not rely…"
"They don't in Germany. The lighting is properly and permanently built in, it's not tack-on $3 Chinese junk.
My German-made Dutch bike with dynamo came without those add-on reflectors. There's still one built in to the…"
"The German model has this well sorted... they only mandate lighting for on-road applications. Even then, there's wiggle room for fairy light racing.
Interestingly, there you can buy an e-mtb with 45km/h assistance, no plate and no lights."
"There's an advocacy point in this: it might make sense for AU to follow European rules about lighting ie. not sell bikes without lights.
This would surely reduce the ninjas, as well as improve reliability. I don't think the rules make the…"
"I bought a bike-with-dynamo, and love the convenience & certainty.It is not about the cost.
I don't think I will get another without built-in lighting.
Dynamo mandatory in Germany anyway until 2013 and in NL and DE bikes come with dynamos…"
"I meant for a permanent touring set up that doesn't require batteries.
But, since you mention USB, Dr Bean's Gazelle has a USB socket. Not sure if that's for phone charging or what. Also, not sure if USB is powered from the electric…"
In-Bred 29er, with Rohloff speedhub and beefy forks
Trek FX (in Germany)
Giant Reign X1 (for all mountain and freeriding)
Cove Handjob (geared frame set up as a singlespeed)
On-One Inbred (singlespeed Sydney commute steed)
Commuter, tourer and remote MTBer. Occasional endurance event competitor.
No car, dislike driving but have commercial pilot license (aeroplanes) and a private/business license for helicopters.
Live a life with about 100 flights per year, so a bicycle or three makes much more sense than a momo
Thanks Martin, there is the problem then. There was a time where I though WD40 was the cure for all things mechanical, I would spray it on locks, hinges, belts, chains whatever wasn't working I'd spray WD40 on it and it would fix the problem momentarily, and then things would start to clog up, and stop working. It definitely kept the water dispersed though.
I can put a computer together (it's like lego really), but I'm not really mechanically minded. I have started paying attention to the mechanics of the bicycle and one day would like to build by own, purchasing the parts separately. That would be the best way to learn I think and along the way learn how to maintain it.
As well as reading the forums, I think there invaluable, better than buying a book on how to do things for $50.
Great to hear from you ...... well, probably every day with your great input into SC.
We received the PricewaterhouseCoopers /SKM study yesterday afternoon ...... it appears to be a huge disappointment. We'll need to get professionals to proivide input, but the study says the northern half might be undertaken by 2015, and the remainder possibly by 2026. I can't believe they'd be so stupid to have a gap of 11 years. With the RTA providing the major funding ($93,037) for the study, it's clear they are requiring PwC to fit in with the pathetic allocation of $158M over 10 years specified in the new NSW Bikeplan ..... what a disaster! By contrast, the RTA is about to spend $4M on the PacHwy/Mowbray Rd intersection, including an exclusive left turn lane from Mowb into PH (N-bound) with no bike storage facility ..... cyclists will be very exposed. By contrast, such treatments are largely standard in Melbourne. I've decided to try to get lawyers involved ..... perhaps we can take the RTA to court??? Are you still in Euro / Germany? If so, very lucky! Cheers, Russ .... firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin, I'm confused - I thought you lived in Heidelberg (and I don't mean the one in Melb) - at least that's what your profile says!!
I'm in Collingwood St, just opposite Raglan St. I ride from there to USyd a couple of times a week and barely ever do weekend rides because I'm busy Sunday morning (so can't do LBUG stuff) and do enough riding on my own - any group/other rides you know about that I'm free for I'm happy to tag along for!
Hey Martin - I'm not terribly well-placed to spend whole days in the mountains but sthg local would be terrific - for instance, was just reading in CoS cycling newsletter about the Greenway; I'd love to give that a go sometime!
Cheers - apparently we get some cooler weather on Sun/Mon... can't wait!!
I thought this article might be of interest in relation to the Ch-Ch quake, in terms of the building standards discussion we were having the other day. I was thinking today that there are still many 100+ year old buildings still standing (either completely or sufficiently to be repared), and only a couple of new ones that came down after two significant shakes and 5000+ aftershocks over 6 months. I really hope we've seen the worst of them though!