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dr bean's Discussions

Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Elder Aug 17, 2018. 7 Replies

G'day, SC brainstrust -The title of this post is not figurative, but literal (yes, literally!), and I need some advice, please.I've recently washed up in Europe (Geneva) for the next 12 months for…Continue

The vigilante cyclists of San Jose

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Moore Nov 7, 2016. 6 Replies

Cyclists showing the way toward a more liveable city in Costa Rica's capital. …Continue

The rickshaw capital of the world

Started this discussion. Last reply by noelbike Oct 6, 2015. 2 Replies

Work recently took me to Bangladesh, for the fourth time. Having just about criss-crossed the country on previous trips, this time I was based entirely in Dhaka.The city has a frantic, frenetic and…Continue

Christchurch cycling to recovery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glen Koorey Sep 14, 2015. 4 Replies

It seems that the 2011 earthquake may have been Christchurch's 'Kindermord' moment: the point when a city has the opportunity to do urban design differently, to de-prioritise cars, and they've taken…Continue


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dr bean replied to Bob Moore's discussion Demolition of Lilyfield Rd footbridge over Victoria Rd
"It's been getting markedly worse in the last few weeks - it was already uneven, but now there's a building site Joseph and Loughlin Sts, the bus stop has been relocated outside Yellow Express (both resulting in footpath narrowing) and I…"
Mar 6
dr bean replied to Bob Moore's discussion Demolition of Lilyfield Rd footbridge over Victoria Rd
"At the Digger statue en route into the city this morning there were two people in fluoro vests handing out (I presume) brochures about the changes to the route. You wouldn't try shoving brochures in car windows as they passed by at speed on a…"
Mar 2
dr bean replied to Bob Moore's discussion Detours- another one, on Bay Run.
"Whaaaaat? The other footbridge is going, too?? (I assume you mean the horseshoe-shaped one across the CWL.) If the aim was to make cycling in this area nigh-impossible, I can't think of a more efficient way to do it... Bob, since you appear the…"
Feb 14
dr bean replied to noelbike's discussion Vehicle Confiscation law needed
"Vulnerable road user legislation? Anyone? A bit surprised that wasn't even mentioned in the article. Yeah, I know it's a *really* radical idea (though apparently 'everything needs to change' so hey, why not at least push the…"
Feb 4
dr bean replied to Bob Moore's discussion Sydney ranked as a cycling city!
"Sydney's bicycle use was also given as being 10% - I really can't credit where that figure came from, given it feels more like 2-3% and is very unevenly distributed, both socially and spatially. Geneva, another city I know well, was listed…"
Nov 7, 2019
dr bean replied to Bob Moore's discussion Westconnex revised plans for The Crescent and Victoria Rd
"I had long since concluded that this was all 'make it up as you go' stuff. Perhaps that also includes the planning process..."
Oct 3, 2019

Profile Information

What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Recreational
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Tell us about your bikes
A second-hand Batavus Crescendo (very appropriate for a musician!) named Ilse. She be a heavy tank of a ride, but a love all the little added extras that you get on a European bike - and maybe I'll add battery assist to the list one of these days... :-)
About Me:
My current profile photo was taken in Via Nazionale, Cortona (Tuscany) on April 20, 2013.

Dr bean's Blog

Biking in Belgrade

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 7:01pm 4 Comments

For ago now I've been meaning to say something in this forum about a couple of little cycling adventures I had in Europe during the most recent northern summer. As I will shortly feel guilty about having to add 'last year' to any description of these events, today seems as good a time as any to rectify my failure to thus far post anything. :-)

So in late August, travelling from Istanbul to Prague, I found myself in Belgrade for a few days. It was a city I had heard a good deal about…


Cycling in the family tree

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 1:29pm 1 Comment

As often happens in the lazy hours over Christmas and New Year when you spend time with family, there's ample opportunity for reminiscence and discussion of family history. On my mother's side, we know a great deal of this going back many generations; my uncle is retired and an amateur history buff. On my late father's side, we know very little at all, even only a generation or two back.

My mother casually mentioned this latter fact to my uncle during the break and he chose to…


City Revitalisation: Lessons for Sydney and its suburbs

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

A Sydney Ideas panel co-presented with the US Studies Centre and the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering

City building and rebuilding has challenged many great minds in the last century. Our cities are ageing and many of the industries supporting them are shrinking or moving offshore. Tom Murphy served three terms as the mayor of 'the steel city' Pittsburgh USA, from January 1994 through December 2005, tackling the problems of rebuilding a dying city that had lost its…


What Matters - Getting from A to B

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 1:52am 3 Comments

The University of Sydney is currently running a mildly naff marketing campaign called 'What Matters' - basically it's an excuse to promote the work of a couple of random academics each month and have people vote on which of their particular areas of interest 'matter most' (?!?!).

Anyway... one positive to come out of this in June is that David Hensher, Director of the University’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, is one of the featured researchers. You can look at a brief…


Comment Wall (28 comments)

At 8:03pm on April 21, 2010, Sydney Uni Velo Club said…
Hi Rococoabean - welcome to the SUVC group!
At 6:05pm on February 3, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

Yeah confusing life Michelle, Heidelberg one home and the main one the last couple of years. The place in Drummy is rented for my son, Lewis is starting at UTS. Home for me also London, a bit of Paris, some SYD/MEL/BNE and probably will be a bit Haifa too. What should I do with profile??


Satdy ride is all-mountain stuff in Leura, I'll ping you when something more local on. Do let me know about social local stuff, it is all good.


I know Collingwood, pass the end of your street when I contraflow ride to Birk Pt.


Relieved to get a bit of cool breeze at last.



At 1:33pm on February 4, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…
Greenway on Sunday would be doable. Only done the first km or so, therefore has novelty appeal. Monday not (I am piloting).
At 7:03pm on February 6, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…
Hey it was great Michelle... hope your visitors are joyful and fun.

For when you are freer, how about we propose a Greenway visit as a group ride on SC?
At 9:51am on February 8, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

Generally Saturdays or Sundays, but weekday early evening good too.


Not sure if I am off on an epic Yerranderie or Wollemi yet. Could be this w/e or next so when I know I'll be right scheddy-wise.

At 5:42am on February 14, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

OK scheddy clearer now Michelle- did end up MTB training at the weekend, and shall be on Saturday too.

So Sunday would be clear for a Group Greenway, for me at least. Otherwise a bit later.

March 5/6 no good tho, commited to be dogsitting for my friends Clair and Denise.


Would you like to advertise the group ride on the forum at the time/day of your choice? Perhaps we can assemble at the park by Drummoyne Sailing Club, thereby facilitating ride-end-refreshment. Martin

At 1:49pm on February 28, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

Good point Michelle: can't say cycling River Rd is on my bucket list, so yup ferry if there is one at the time would be good. Doesn't matter if it goes direct King St or Quay rather than Milson's Pt, the bridge will be quick and easy.


I'm not sure when the initial rallying outside RTA is, will check.



Indeedy I intend to go to the party, hey one two-millionth of the world's population might be there too! Only impediment is I am commuting to Melbourne for the next few weeks but do intend to be in Sydney at party time.



At 7:23pm on February 28, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

UR right- 8am.


If you choose a ferry I'll be there!

At 12:25pm on March 1, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

0840 from Drummy which is way late but good for an interception en-route or 0800 from Balmain also late but not hugely late.


Idea: we could offer to marshal, at some point consistent with the above timing. For instance at the S end of the bridge. When the pack passes us we just join in and complete the event as raw punters.


I'll be jetting in from Melbourne the night before BTW.

At 1:39pm on March 3, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

I already mooted with Adam the idea of marshalling at a point about an hour into the event and he concurred, so I guess it will fall into place. Super.


I suppose if we meet at the Wolseley end of Collingwood at whatever time suits the exact masterplan (when we know it) we'll be in great shape for S of SHB or wherever.

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