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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

Refugees on Bicycles

Started Jun 15, 2015 0 Replies

Just in time for Refugee Week: a terrific story about Khaled, originally from Iran, who - although he now has a job and is…Continue

 

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dr bean replied to Isaac brewin's discussion Bike storage solution on sydney trains
"I saw a luggage rack - a proper one, not a dinky little overhead one - retrofitted to an existing Mountains train last week. I was so shocked I needed to sit down but, as this was a once-an-hour four-car set during peak hour, there weren't any…"
Aug 11
dr bean replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Influencing the policies of political parties*
"I don't believe I said anything about 'softly softly'. In my work - which, as I mentioned, is not on traditionally 'popular' issues - we build trust and credibility in order to then have a little relationship capital, if you…"
Aug 9
dr bean replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Influencing the policies of political parties*
"I work for an advocacy organisation (not in cycling); my day job is about influencing decisions/funding commitments and building political will in the (federal) government of the day, rather than attempting to shape parties' internal policy.…"
Aug 8
dr bean replied to Bill Parker's discussion Sydney Bike Share Scheme starts July 2017 ("6000 bikes within 6 months")
"Wynyard station last night, around 7pm - on the western side of Wynyard Park, in York St."
Jul 14
dr bean replied to Dan's discussion Keeping us safe...
"Yes, I know I feel better already... These days when I'm on foot in the city, I am constantly struck by the space inequity: with seemingly more people walking in the CBD the crush on the footpaths - particularly at traffic light-controlled…"
Jul 1
dr bean commented on Dan's blog post Bike share in Shanghai
"Pleased to see this. I was troubled when I began to see, all over Asia, people ditching the bike (a symbol of poverty and backwardness) in favour of the car (which signified wealth and upward mobility). The effects have been predictable, So Shanghai…"
Jun 19
dr bean replied to Bill Parker's discussion Sydney Bike Share Scheme starts July 2017 ("6000 bikes within 6 months")
"Remember that the 'quick poke around the Sydney harbor front' (which is a lovely way to show the city off to visitors) is somewhat stymied by the fact that you can't cycle in the Botanic Gardens..."
Jun 19
dr bean replied to Andrew B's discussion Smart Trainer Hire
"'...a little bell she would use to ring when I wasn't going fast enough.' Because what could possibly go wrong with that arrangement?! :-)"
Jun 16
dr bean replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Of course he could have cycled?
"In 100 minutes you could *walk* from Balmain to USyd! However people do ultimately access the campus, whenever I'm there now - which isn't as often as it used to be - the bike-parking facilities (which were hugely increased in number a few…"
Jun 11
dr bean replied to Dabba's discussion WITWIMB 6/17
"Well there you go - they do like their public sculpture, and this looks like both an attractive and effective example..."
Jun 7
dr bean replied to Dabba's discussion WITWIMB 6/17
"I would hope that even Reykjavik isn't THAT cold right now, so close to the summer solstice...! Don't remember seeing that much graffiti when I was there, either."
Jun 7
dr bean liked Dan's blog post Teaching kids how bikes work...
May 10
dr bean replied to Dabba's discussion Failure of police to charge motorists for car/bike offences
"Welcome Josh, and thanks for the link; when relevant, they are always appropriate to post. :-) I wonder what movement we'll see - if any - in the rate at which drivers can escape loss of licence in the UK, since their speeding fines (which…"
May 4
dr bean commented on Dan's blog post I can ride!
"Maybe we’ll go and buy ice cream. I'm not, as a rule, in favour of rewarding children with (usually 'sometimes') food, but that seems entirely fair and appropriate in this case. :-)"
May 2
dr bean commented on Dan's blog post One thousand electric kilometres
"Hmm, so I am 700kms from a puncture on my e-bike that's about to tick over to 300kms (probably later today)... Good to know!"
Apr 21
dr bean replied to Neil Alexander's discussion The bike lanes that ate Sydney ...parking
"In the shopping centre near where I work, a recent redesign of the car park has resulted in a fair number of spots being labelled 'small car only' - and they really are smaller, there are more spots per row than of the standard-size…"
Mar 18

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Recreational
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Drummoyne
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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

 

Martin

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.

 

Martin

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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