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Bullbars Win, Halt Better Safety Standards For All

Started this discussion. Last reply by jelyot 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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Robert Harris commented on Omar Khalifa's photo
Jan 13, 2012
Andrew commented on Omar Khalifa's photo
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Seriously, who needs Cycleways w. Bike Lanes like this?

"Can't c what the sign says & never been there, but wheels on the pavement - you call it legal? Which jurisdiction is that?"
Jan 13, 2012
Tim commented on Omar Khalifa's photo
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Seriously, who needs Cycleways w. Bike Lanes like this?

"why would you want to do a valve job on a legally parked car?  The problem is the council's crap design.  Lyons rd is a much better option."
Jan 13, 2012
Andrew commented on Omar Khalifa's photo
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Seriously, who needs Cycleways w. Bike Lanes like this?

"What about little valve job done on him/her:)) "
Jan 13, 2012
Doddsy left a comment for Omar Khalifa
"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."
Dec 10, 2011
Omar Khalifa replied to PeterT's discussion Critical Mass , SHB, 2011
"Hi Neil, BNSW along with Bike North have been working the Harbour Link issue for some time.  We first tried to influence the designs being put forward by the RTA and those in the previous elevated HL study - but then saw the need to bring focus…"
Nov 23, 2011
Omar Khalifa replied to jelyot's discussion Gladys' response to me regarding Greenway cancellation by NSW Govt
"Hey Martin, We have just been talking with both ministerial offices and will be speaking with the relevant department heads in Transport very soon on this and other major priorities.  I don't know that there is immediate joy to be had but…"
Nov 22, 2011
Omar Khalifa replied to jelyot's discussion Gladys' response to me regarding Greenway cancellation by NSW Govt
"  As we know, many transport deferred decisions made in Sydney are rarely revisited.  We have stacks of high-priced, long winded, glossy plans that are rarely fully enacted - whether for a lack of will or resources.  What we have…"
Nov 22, 2011
Omar Khalifa replied to CM's discussion And this years Flat-Tyre award goes to... in the group Helmetless riders
"Thanks for the positive vibe Doddsy. Head Honcho?  I prefer Big Kahuna...:-)   I'm not sure which SMH quotes you were referring to but please take into account that journos pick what they want and make up the rest.  I can assure…"
Oct 18, 2011
Omar Khalifa replied to CM's discussion And this years Flat-Tyre award goes to... in the group Helmetless riders
"Rob, Just saying it won’t make it so - even if we all repeat it over and over...    BNSW is very interested in addressing the nearly 70% of people who won't cycle more because of safety/lack of proper infrastructure/aggressive…"
Oct 18, 2011
Omar Khalifa replied to CM's discussion And this years Flat-Tyre award goes to... in the group Helmetless riders
"  Hi Everyone,   I think this forum is ill-informed about BNSW's position and I find the bashing of our organisation because of this one issue particularly unfortunate given the effort and progress we are making to support a broad…"
Oct 17, 2011
Omar Khalifa joined Colin's group
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Helmetless riders

Sick of fools yelling "where's your helmet"? Can't understand why a safe mode of transport like cycling has been singled out for mandatory helmet wearing? Want to ride with the breeze in your hair? This is your group.See More
Oct 17, 2011
Neil Alexander commented on Omar Khalifa's blog post I just have to share this...
"how it's just such a different world than in a car. A lot of people regard Canberra as a different world... and not in such a nice way! But you are there fixing that. ;-)"
Aug 3, 2011
back street baron commented on Omar Khalifa's blog post I just have to share this...
"powerful owl 'tis the bird he was after"
Jul 30, 2011
Dan commented on Omar Khalifa's blog post I just have to share this...
"I saw that fellow on his green bike too! I didn't get to say hello, as he was going in the opposite direction. But we did exchange smiles."
Jul 29, 2011
Trevor commented on Omar Khalifa's blog post I just have to share this...
"Ornithology and cycling go so well together."
Jul 29, 2011

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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.
Website:
http://bicyclensw.org.au

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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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