May 2008 Blog Posts (28)

Using desire paths to plan bicycle infrastructure

Ever wondered why bike lanes get located on some streets and not others? Here's an idea from Boston where the local government has created a Google Map that enables cyclists to log on and record the routes they take every day. As the data piles up, the natural bike routes emerge. The local government can then use that information to improve the cycling conditions on those… Continue

Added by Colin on May 30, 2008 at 3:48pm — 6 Comments

So what do you if you're in the auto parts business? Buy a bicycle retailer!

This surely is a sign that things are changing. This story is two weeks old, but Super Cheap Auto has bought Melbourne's Goldcross bicycles for $15 million. Incredible, really.
Super cheap are the category leader in auto parts, they've obviously sniffed a change in the (car polluted) air.

Added by Miguel on May 30, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

MTB access regulation change

Just had my attention drawn to an urgent campaign to respond to a Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) regulation change, and try and gain access to their lands for MTB riders. SCA control a lot of fantastic land near Sydney and this is a very rare chance to try and gain access to this!

Action must be taken by this Friday 30 May! (although there is apparently a grace period of 1 week)

Please see info here: (Northern Beaches MTB Club… Continue

Added by James on May 30, 2008 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Nabbed by the cops

I was heading north along College St with Hyde Park on my left and Sydney Grammar on my right. I slowed as I approached a red light. This red light is not a traffic intersection - it is for pedestrians only. I could see that the light had been red for some time and could see that the there wasn't a pedestrian in sight, so I rolled gently through at little more than walking speed. I began to accelerate away when I saw the two cops on foot by the side… Continue

Added by Colin on May 29, 2008 at 10:23am — 29 Comments

Could chairlifts for bikes get more people commuting?

Check out this patent, which seems to be some sort of device for attaching a bicycle to a T-bar or other drag lift.

Although this seems like it is intended to help MTB riders get up the hill faster, I am beginning to wonder about the urban applications because I feel that in a city like Sydney some of the larger hills could be a fatal deterrent to start-up cycle commuters. When I look at the Epping Road cycleway, for… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on May 27, 2008 at 11:57am — 6 Comments

Anyone riding Woodford to Glenbrook Careflight charity ride?

Info Here.

One of the guys at work is in the process of organising a team, was wondering if anyone else was planning on having a bit of fun in the name of charity?

Added by Alison on May 27, 2008 at 11:19am — No Comments


My poor ex-commuting MTB has been given a new lease on life with the addition of 2008 Shimano XT gear sourced cheap online (thanks, exchange rate!)
I copped a few scratches and bumps in the process as a backyard mechanic learning my way around, but the result is fun to ride with heaps of gear range.
Compared to the Jake The Snake commuter it's like riding a 4WD bouncy castle. Great fun.

Added by Alison on May 27, 2008 at 11:17am — 3 Comments

I have now seen it all

This morning I was riding east on Epping Road, just past Mowbray Road, heading towards the Shell petrol station when a taxi exited the petrol station and turn onto the cycle way. Myself and another rider had to swerve to avoid being hit. We shouted quite a bit and the driver slowed but did not stop until he reached the bus stop just before Mowbary Road. After a while, the driver decided that he had passed the "point of no return" and continued driving down the cycle path to the intersection… Continue

Added by Peter H on May 27, 2008 at 8:15am — 4 Comments

Burn Carbs not Hydrocarbs! - on Thursday at 6:15pm

Anyone in your office/network/street considering making the shift to bike, whether for commuting, touring or getting around and in need of a boost to help?

Please let them know.



"Burn Carbs Not Hydrocarbs" - Bicycle Commuting for a Greener, Saner Sydney

Thursday 6.15-7.30pm, Clarence St Cyclery, 104 Clarence St Sydney NSW 2000

Guest speakers from Bicycle NSW, The Bike Bus, BIKEast and Bike Friday talk bike-to-work… Continue

Added by BikeSaint on May 26, 2008 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

new ride

My Brother in Law was just about to dump this bike. i realised it was the one we bought in London in 1988 and sent home (NZ) for my Dad's 50th. He didn't ride it much after the trip around the house during the party, and it ended up in his, then Alistair's garage gathering dust. I just ripped all those useless gear thingees off and now have a steel single to cruise to work on. Tomorrow is its first real ride!!! And this is my 1st post at SC. Thanks for a great site!… Continue

Added by threeta on May 25, 2008 at 9:24pm — 4 Comments

Sydney Morning Herald tidbits

I thought this was the pick of the letters today

The petroleum party is coming to a close, the good times can't go on forever. Will we be like raging drunks and keep scrounging for that last squeeze from the cask, and regret it all tomorrow? Or do we plan for change now, and leave the scene with dignity, minimising the potential damage? (
Mark Slocum Dulwich Hill)

And… Continue

Added by Adrian on May 24, 2008 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Can we have one of these, please?

Would be nice to get this level of support. Can you imagine the RTA/NRMA coming up with something like this?


Added by Farnsy on May 23, 2008 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

Jet-powered bicycle

Yes, you read it right.

This is a story about jet-powered bicycles.

And this is the video of the beast in… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on May 22, 2008 at 3:22pm — No Comments


Hi everyone, in change of subject that is usually posted on this website....I'm off to Turkey this morning for two weeks of cycling! To say I am excited is an understatement. This is the second time I have been cycling in Turkey and the third time i have been there so I know what I am in for- excellent food, warm people and beautiful countryside. My best cycling experiences have been in Turkey. I cannot even begin to tell you how lovely the people are.

I have a few days in Istanbul… Continue

Added by Kim on May 22, 2008 at 6:38am — 1 Comment


After being overtaken while on a roundabout not once, but twice (two separate roundabouts) and the second vehicle mounting the roundabout to get past me, I have received my ATC-2K from Camera House. Therefore I am expecting very uneventful commutes from now on.

This morning was my first attempt at capturing some video. Pre sunrise mornings are not the best with this camera when riding towards the east as the sky is light and the ground is dark. Vibrations are so bad on my bike that… Continue

Added by Peter H on May 20, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Bourke St Cycleway Consultation Meetings 24th May

While the City of Sydney wants to build cycleways, some residents are protesting, I personally have take three phone calls with the big issue not being the 4 trees out of 500 that will be removed but the reduction in car spaces. Here is what I wrote on the BikeSydney ( website - but it is important that we get some cyclists there.


Due to a strong effort by residents in the vicinity of Bourke St - the deadline has been… Continue

Added by Andrew on May 18, 2008 at 7:22pm — 2 Comments

Contested Streets

Just came across this doco online. Has anyone seen it?

Added by Adrian on May 18, 2008 at 10:20am — 3 Comments

A piece of cycling history, maybe...

I just moved into a new office, and part of the furnishings is this.

The photo is from a phone, and a but lousy, but it says "Trans Australian Record Attempt" and 1899. The bike looks like it's from tthat era, so I think it's legit.

Does anyone know anything about this ?

Added by DamianM on May 17, 2008 at 12:53am — 1 Comment

The Age: Many NSW children being mollycoddled

The Age: Many NSW children being mollycoddled (May 17, 2008 - 12:09AM)

x-posted to Melb Cyclist: Mums, dads and kids Group

A new generation of NSW children is being mollycoddled by their fearful parents, with many children reporting they can no longer… Continue

Added by ChrisS on May 16, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Parliament: cycling question from Fred Nile

Thanks to Sam and others who wrote letters to the Minister for Roads. It seems Roozendaal has finally learned his lines properly this time , after his foolish comment in the media last Friday that groups of cyclists shouldn't be on the road in peak hour. This is from Hansard on 13 May, during questions without notice.



Page: 26

Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE: I ask the Minister for Roads a question without notice. Is the Minister aware… Continue

Added by BikeSaint on May 16, 2008 at 7:32am — 2 Comments

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