30daysofbiking Day 1 Rolling With Clover and the Stig

(also posted at http://itsjustlikeridingabike.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/30daysofbiki... with working links) 
April is here, and that means 30daysofbiking - it’s a project from some Minneapolitans with no politicis, no fundraising, no campaigning… just getting people out and riding their bikes for 30 days straight. It’s a great idea, encouraging people to get riding and doing it repeatedly – it’s exactly the sort of thing psychologists would recommend if you want people to change habits and behaviour.

Here in Sydney, riding your bike regularly can result in being attacked by motorists, or if you’re lucky enough to have the police around, being fined. Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore has done her best to make cycling safer and more acceptable, most notably by building dedicated cycle lanes. Sounds like a good idea right? Especially in a city where transport issues dominate headlines and political campaigns. So of course, with the cycle network only half complete, the NSW government has naturally decided to put a stop to it, by creating a new committee to oversee (and no doubt veto) any further cycling infrastructure development.

Because what the commuters need is another committee, not a viable transport alternative. Bravo Barry.

As a result, a group of Clover’s supporters arranged a rolling rally, well attended by Sydney cyclists of all shapes and sizes. The Stig was definitely my favourite. The crowd was in good spirits and good voice for the speechy parts, and then moved off for a ride around the patchy, and thus far, poorly-connected cycle lanes in the CBD. Proving how much Sydney needs better cycling facilities, the first 100m from Town Hall had to be done on foot, pushing our bikes along the footpath.

To everyone who got out for the ride, good work! Keep it up for the rest of April, and encourage others to join in.

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Comment by Martyn P on April 1, 2012 at 10:36pm

Stig was awesome!

Comment by Bob Moore on April 1, 2012 at 10:40pm
Could be a regular first Sunday of the month affair, aiming for 1000 riders next time. Create our own Cyclo Via or Berlin -style Faradsternfarht. Come in from all directions.
Comment by pfog on April 2, 2012 at 10:45am
A regular event would be great - get riders out in numbers and prove that the cycle lanes are being used. The other 'costume' I particularly liked was the cardboard 'NOT TRAFFIC' plates taped onto the back of a bike. Great response to those thugs in Newtown - I'm tempted to put some on permanently.
Comment by Neil Alexander on April 2, 2012 at 2:01pm

A regular event would be good, at least until the LG elections, but would be very difficult to organise. I heard Jane Salmon's husband commenting on the hundreds of dollars they had paid out of their own pockets for printing of posters and leaflets. Then there is the question of where to post posters, since Clover doesn't like them on poles around town. Not to mention the question of who will do all the work...

Comment by Kim on April 2, 2012 at 3:11pm

How about standing at busy cycling points and handing out leaflets?

Comment by Will Wassell on April 2, 2012 at 10:25pm

If I did 2 bike missions today does that mean I am a day ahead?

Comment by pfog on April 3, 2012 at 9:58am
I hope so. I've already realised I'm doomed to fail, with a trip away over Easter.

Some pics of today's misty morning around the harbour are up at http://itsjustlikeridingabike.wordpress.com/ Hopefully that will make up for missing the Easter weekend!

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