Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Get your infrastructure freak on.

The  Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides is now available for free download.

This is an essential resource for people lobbying for cycling infrastructure in their local community. The publication provides an overview of the design, construction and maintenance of bicycle infrastructure and provides references to Austroad’s Guidelines for more indepth information.

From BIKESydney via Bike Marrickville

From the pdf
1.2 Safe System Approach

In Australia, a Safe System approach to road safety has been adopted which recognises that humans, as road users are fallible and will continue to make mistakes, and that the community should not penalise people with death or serious injury when they do make mistakes. In a Safe System, therefore, roads (and vehicles) should be designed to reduce the incidence and severity of crashes when they occur. The Safe System approach requires, in part (Australian  Transport Council 2006):
  • designing, constructing and maintaining a road system (roads, vehicles and operating requirements) so that forces on the human body generated in crashes are generally less than those resulting in fatal or debilitating injury.
  • improving roads and roadsides to reduce the risk of crashes and minimise harm: measures for higher-speed roads including dividing traffic, designing ‘forgiving’ roadsides, and providing clear driver guidance. In areas with large numbers of vulnerable road users or substantial collision risk, speed management supplemented by road and roadside treatments is a key strategy for limiting crashes.
  • managing speeds, taking into account the risks on different parts of the road system.
In New Zealand, practical steps have been taken to give effect to similar guiding principles through a Safety Management Systems (SMS) approach.

Road designers should be aware of and through the design process actively support the philosophy and road safety objectives covered in the Guide to Road Safety (Austroads 2006 – 2009). The philosophy and objectives are as relevant to pedestrian and cyclists paths as they  are to roads in general.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Member's treat!

The folk at Velogear have supplied ARTcycle Inc with two Kali brand 'Chakra Plus' helmets as a special member's giveaway. 

ARTcycle Inc members who are fully paid up (at 22 Dec 2012) can enter the draw to win one of these fab helmets. 

Helmets - size: s/m, colour: black. 

To enter put your name and contact details in an email with Kali Helmet in the subject line and send: This means you still have the chance to pay or renew your membership and go into the draw.

The draw will take place at the Cauldren, the ARTcycle end of year gathering at Sydney Park (bbq and byo, 3-5pm, Saturday 22 December).

A great opportunity to start the new years riding in style and comfort. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Screen Printing Workshop cancelled

Due to unforseen circumstances the ARTcycle Screen Printing Workshop at Arcade Screen Printers in St Peters has had to be cancelled. Sorry to all those teetering on the brink of signing up but you will just have to join in on one of Arcades regular classes. 

Arcade Screen Printing Classes