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Bullbars Win, Halt Better Safety Standards For All

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scientia et Labore Mar 6, 2011. 24 Replies

In a sudden and highly unusual action, Hon Catherine King MP Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, has pulled the plug on the assessment of improved international road safety…Continue

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Recreational, Touring, Whatever
About Me:
I love cycling and have cycled in Sydney since 1988. I ride for commuting and pleasure (not always the same!). I grew up in the USA and have cycled in California, New York, Oregon, Washington, DC, Florida and North Carolina and in Europe (France, Switzerland, Croatia, Huganry, Slovenia and Spain).

I moved to Oz permanetnlty in 1995 and I have been on several NSW Big Rides and Bike Vic rides and done Around the Bay, Gong Ride, Cycle Sydney and other great rides.

I have taken my share of spills but the worst was a low speed fall due to a poorly drained cycle path corner that caused a low speed fall where I broke my hip. Ouch!

I regularly ride with a group and would average 100-250 km per week depending on weather, etc.

I am really keen to promote more and better cycling opportunities here in NSW and to bring cyclists back out to enjoy regional areas on their bikes too.

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I just have to share this...

Posted on July 29, 2011 at 2:26pm 4 Comments


I was riding across Sydney this morning (as part of a reconnoitrer for our City Ride/Spring Cycle) and happily used the Kent Street cycleway and turned on to King Street on my way to Pyrmont.  At the cycleway intersection at the bottom of King I pulled alongside another cyclist on a lime green mountain bike (everything was painted green including the wheels!).  The fellow had white locks coming our from under his helmet and I estimated him to be in his late 60’s early…


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At 2:57pm on August 16, 2010, Ma Dame Vélo said…
Welcome Omar.

Hope you don't regret joining on a day when the Mandatory Helmet Law (MHL) is being debated yet again! it could be a loooong day. :-)
At 1:28pm on August 17, 2010, Colin said…
Omar, have you considered that your profile pic is not well-suited to the cause of promoting cycling? Most non-cyclists are turned off by the idea of having to wear special clothes (lycra) to ride a bike, and your profile pic reinforces the idea for them that cyclists are "other".

An image of yourself riding in ordinary clothes amid a typical streetscape might serve the cause better.
At 8:52pm on August 17, 2010, Colin said…
I'm really not sure what you mean by "PC cyclist" or your reference to perversity. My point was simply about the way that certain images can be more or less effective at promoting cycling. I'm interested in what your thoughts are on this.
At 2:43pm on November 7, 2010, Ma Dame Vélo said…
Dear Omar, I haven't heard much from you since you were appointed CEO, except for a (very pleasing) press release regarding the M2. I have been perusing archives of the Sydney Cyclist web site today, (looking for something else) and I came upon this discussion from 2008. I think there were a lot of comments contributed to that discussion which may be worth your attention. Hence I have sent the link herein.

Best wishes and hope you are enjoying your new challenge. :-)
At 10:18am on March 5, 2011, PeterT said…

Hi Omar,

Thanks very much for taking the time today to sign the petition to Canterbury Council to widen the Cooks River cyclepath beneath Canterbury Road, as well as the offer to assist.

At 11:40am on December 10, 2011, Doddsy said…

Hey mate, sad to see you go. Well done.

You were a very refreshing addition to bike nsw.

Hope you move on to bigger and better things.

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