Sunday, June 26, 2011

Funding for new Sydney Rides Festival supported

The Council’s Cultural and Community Services Committee unanimously supported sponsoring the Spring Cycle on Monday night.

The Spring Cycle and Sydney Bicycle Film Festival are signature events of a new Sydney Rides Festival to be held 9-16 October. The new festival will be part of a week long celebration of cycling – which also includes cycling events for families, commuters and people who enjoy bike culture. The week will include Ride to Work Day, street fairs, social rides, film and a Bikes Rock concert.

Sponsorship of $50,000 for the Spring Cycle and $16,667 for the Sydney Bicycle Film Festival are recommended – and the Council will consider these on Monday night.

Cycling is a convenient, healthy and enjoyable way to travel through the City and I look forward to the Festival later this year.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cruzbike and Swift Adventure

New Inventors ABC TV featuring the Swift recumbent trike.

Mike Rubbo at TAP - 'Nothing but Bikes - Beauty in Utility'

The exhibition is from July 4th till the 17th at the Tap gallery, 278 palmer st. Darlinghurst. 12 pm till 6 pm each day.

It's called: Nothing but Bikes - Beauty in utility, and will feature linocuts, rubbings and etchings of stately sit-up bikes and their riders by Central Coast artist Mike Rubbo.

The aim of the show is to enhance, through the power of art, the appeal of this way of riding. This follows on what photography has been doing through the Cycle chic movement.

On the weekend of the 9th and 10th, there will be a ride to the gallery to christen the new bike parking outside and some festivities inside.

All who bike to the gallery will be in a draw to win art from the show.

"In the interim assessment, Dave Horton from Lancaster University says: "Many people barely recognise the bicycle as a legitimate mode of transport; it is either a toy for children or a vehicle fit only for the poor and/or strange. For them, cycling is a bit embarrassing, they fail to see its purpose, and have no interest in integrating it into their lives, certainly on a regular basis." Dave Horton, Understanding walking and Cycling

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A message

"...Fifty-eight-year-old Mark Patterson is a gray-haired, soft-spoken man who just doesn’t quite fit the guerrilla artist profile. In an interview with a local TV news channel, Patterson revealed that everything about the project, including the message and location, first came to him as a vision in 2005. By 2010 Patterson (who is not Catholic) was unable to resist the calling. So he left his job at Microsoft, entered a mosaic art school in Italy, and spent the next nine months completing the Surfing Madonna–not knowing if it would last a day once installed.
Patterson views the piece as his gift to the community. “This is a message that the community needed to hear,” Patterson said. “The life of our planet is at stake.”