Monday, October 21, 2013

In spy ration

Hey! Look! This bike comes with its own car!

Ins piration
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Friday, October 4, 2013

The Common Wheel - Randomner

Here's one I prepared earlier - 
the Rutty Snail Trail

View Rutty Snail Trail in a larger map

A series of rides will be devised that focus on developing agency through advanced play, i.e. independence, autonomy, self-reliance and competence, and to develop greater awareness of the local environment through direct observation.

Randomner - be audacious!
Own bicycle in good working order required. An approved helmet compulsory.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

I See A Bright Future

Cyclist participant's P.O.V. of Josh Wodak's installation 'I See A Bright Future' at ISEA 2013/Electric Nights, on the shores of the Parramatta River.

ARTcycle supplied technical expertise, equipment and legs. A great event.

ARTcycle crosses the harbour to Manly for the Life Bike Festival

 Alain's GeoDome with the solar trike in the background. Photo: Alain Ashman

Alain's Solar Trike. Photo: Alain Ashman

Read more, Green With Envy / Manly Bike Festival

Photos from the global Ice Ride of the 15th of September.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

ARTcycle Brett Whitely Tour to celebrate the Launch of Poets Apartment at the Carrington Hotel - Surry Hills

Dear friends,
last month we had a wonderful variety of poems read and perform in the second and final Aural Anthology for 2013 at the Brett Whiteley Studio.  Next Sunday you have an opportunity to read in an open session at the launch event for a bi-monthly Sunday poetry and dinner program in 2014, which we are currently developing with the Carrington Hotel.  
While the Brett Whiteley Studio is closed for renovations, on Sunday, 22nd September, we will have a special celebratory event at the Carrington Hotel which was Brett Whiteley’s preferred drinking establishment.  The event will be the platform for the Sydney launch of the Australian Poetry Journal’s latest edition.  Board member and poet Martin Langford will say a few words and Margaret Bradstock will read from the recently released edition and also provide us with a sample from her latest collection, Barnacle Rock, published by Puncher & Wattman.  Margaret alongside Brenda Saunders and Colleen Burke will feature as a female trio in October at the Brett Whiteley Studio.  
Australian Poetry have a weekly feature online poet and we are pleased to have Sheryl Persson read. Sheryl Persson has featured twice on the AP website and is a poet, writer and educator who has been widely published.  
Be entertained by one of Australia’s revered performance poets, writer and musician, Tug Dumbly and his invited Hell Song Gospel Choir ensemble, which includes our talented Sydney musician poetry friend, John Maddox with his custom designed bass.
The event is set to run at a similar time and will be in association with ARTcycle Incorporated, who are planning a coordinated poetry art cycle that will end at the Carrington.  The art cycle will start at Luna Park and will ride to Wendy Whiteley’s secret garden before finishing at the Carrington.  Poets on the tour are invited to read at any of the locations and can register their interest by contacting Gilbert Grace by email:
If you are interested in reading at the launch event, you need only arrive on time and register early.  However, to ensure that you have a secured spot please email through your interest to Angela; email:
This is a free event and the Carrington are offering a free drink to everyone who attends!  There will be a special meal deal on offer for a $10 vege or beef pie and evening menu option from 5pm, including a roast.  Please note that the Carrington is only a two minute walk from the Studio.
Last month we had the second Aural Anthology for 2013 at the Studio.
      Aural Anthology II  | Sunday 25 August 2013 | Sydney Poetry @ 2 | Brett Whiteley Studio
Brenda Saunders                                             Brian Andrews                                                 Jimmy Wartig
Meet our September poets:
Margaret Bradstock
Margaret Bradstock has six published collections of poetry, including her recently published Barnacle Rock, Puncher & Wattmann,  Thepomelo Tree which won the Wesley Michel Wright Prize. She is the editor of Antipodes, the first anthology of Aboriginal and white poetic responses to ‘settlement’ and is the weekly editor for the online poem of the week for Australian Poetry Ltd.
Martin Langford
Martin Langford Martin has published six books of poetry, including The Human Project: New and Selected Poems and Microtexts, and edited Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788-2008. He is a previous director of the Australian Poetry Festival. He was on the judging panel for the 2012 Blake Poetry Prize and is currently on the Australian Poetry Ltd Board.
Sheryl Perrson
Sheryl Persson is a poet, writer and educator. Her poems have been published widely in Australia and abroad. She has published a collection of poems and four commissioned non-fiction books.  With DiVerse, poets who write ‘ekphrasis’, Sheryl performs regularly at galleries. As ACDN's Auburn Poet Laureate in 2011, she worked in the community developing poems in response to Auburn's cultural and linguistic diversity.
Tug Dumbly
Tug Dumbly is the pseudonym of Australian performance poet and musician Geoff Forrester.  He has released two albums, Junk Culture Lullabies (2001) and Idiom Savant (2003).  He has been a regular radio commentator for local and national radio on ABC. He co-hosted a spoken word night Bardflys at The Friend In Hand, Hotel for many years in Glebe.
Live performance by Tug Dumbly and John Maddox, an ensemble of the Hellsong Gospel Choir.   The Hellsong Gospel Choir have a Wednesday residency in September at Five Eliza, in association with the Sydney Fringe.
Call ‘em Folk-a-Billy, spiked with Spoken word, call ‘em, poet Tug Dumbly, bass-master-general John Maddox and little drummer boy Benito DiFonzo – Tug and the Hellsongers are a trio who butcher a bit of Elvis, BBQ a bunch of other sacred cows, and serve up a steaming platter of sinewy, twisted originals. Be entertained, possibly amused, though probably not enlightened.  - See more at:
             Tug Dumbly
To celebrate poetry at The Carrington Hotel come join us and support Sydney poetry in developing a new venue for poetry and art, upstairs at the Poets Apartment.  

WHAT:  launch event of the Poets Apartment | Some Kind of Dialogue
WHERE: The Poets Apartment, Upstairs at the Carrington Hotel | 563 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
WHEN: 2-5PM | Sunday 22 September 2013

Upcoming Readings at Brett Whiteley Studio Margaret Bradstock, Colleen Burke and Brenda Saunders | Sunday 27 October 2013
Ray Liversidge | Sunday 24 November 2013

2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

2 Raper Street |  Surry Hills | Sydney | Australia

Thursday, September 5, 2013

ARTcycle Rides again

The Common Wheel
Newtown based artist and SCA MFA candidate Gilbert Grace is undertaking a residency titled 'The Common Wheel' for Culture At Work in the Accelerator Gallery, 6-8 Scott St Pyrmont, from 20 September to 20 October 2013. This is number 8 out of 10 residencies in the 2013 Culture at Work program, 'The Common Wheel' also features as part of the Art And About 2013 program,

Important dates:

Residency: 21 September - 19 October 2013.
Exhibition: 05 October - 19 October 2013, Accelerator Gallery, 6-8 Scott St Pyrmont.
  • Saturday, 21 September, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, Rolling Sketch tours. Free, materials provided, own bike and helmet essential.
  • Saturday, 05 October, 9am-1 pm Randomner, 1pm-4pm Rally Cat, own bike and helmet essential. 5pm-6pm Opening drinks Accelerator Gallery.
  • Saturday, 12 October, 10am-12pm, ArtRide Workshop Accelerator Gallery.
  • Saturday, 19 October, 2pm-4pm Pyrmont Tour, own bike and helmet essential. 5pm-6pm Closing drinks Accelerator Gallery.

Events are free and materials will be provided. Booking essential via MeetUp,

Friday, July 26, 2013


What would our cities look like if they were designed around cycling rather than cars? 

How would it influence designs for shops, clothing, buildings and city planning? Come and explore a future vision of cities built around cycling and how it would influence large brownfield redevelopment sites in Australia. These amazing seminars are supported by a digital display of artworks, architectural propositions and fashion works which illustrate the potentials of a future cycling city.

Speakers for Futurama Reset:

Dr Steven Fleming is an Architect and Urban Planner and a world-renowned expert in the connections between architecture and cycling.

Gilbert Grace is an Australian artist current Masters candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University. He is the President of ARTcycle Incorporated, a group which promotes cross-discipline and hybrid arts practices.

Professor Angelina Russo is a designer and Professor of Cultural Practice at the University of Canberra. She runs the small business, CultureCycle, which is dedicated to designing innovative, hi-visibility, handmade knit and crochet cyclewear.

Venue: Rapha Cycle Club
Address: 410 Crown Street, Surry Hills VIEW MAP
Date: 9 August, 5pm - 7pm
Tickets: Free
Enquiries: Angelina Russo 0447 177 860

A day of cycling, culture and crochet!

Join ride leaders Gilbert Grace (ARTcycle Inc.) and Angelina Russo (CultureCycle) on a cycling tour of some of Sydney’s best cultural institutions. This tour will visit a number of galleries and museums as well as introducing you to some of the best sights Sydney has to offer. The tour starts in Surry Hills and ends in Pyrmont where we will gather to do a one hour crochet workshop and includes morning and afternoon tea.

Cost: $59. Registrations open 15 July at

Please note that bikes are not provided and that all participants must wear a helmet.

Cash Prize for best photo taken during ARTcycle HeadOn 2013 tours

Anyone who joined us on the HeadOn2013 rides and took some happy snaps is eligible to send in their best entries to be judged by ARTcycle committee and considered for the $100 cash prize. 

CoB Monday 29 July 2013 to 

Good luck.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Is there a reason the airport needs to have multi story parking when a train runs to its front door?

WestConnex motorway a subsidy for Sydney Airport car profits

The proposed WestConnex motorway would double the M5 tunnels and have tunnels joining the airport to the eastern end of the M4 motorway with exits to Camperdown and Leichhardt.  The rationale is to provide links for the airport and Port Botany as well increasing motorway access to the city from the west and south west.

Sydney Airport runs very profitable parking stations and they want people to come in cars and pay to park. Despite saying they want an increase in public transport access to the airport and the removal of the ticket surcharge on the airport railway stations, they don’t offer to buy the two stations to reduce the fares.
The port is best served by upgrading the railway line by duplicating the tracks.  All of the bridges and cuttings were built with room for a second track. The federal government has spent a billion dollars building a southern freight line to separate freight trains from the suburban train lines out to the Moorebank freight terminal.

The West Connex will only increase congestion and pollution in the inner city, but not improve access for people in the west.  Public transport and active transport are what we need for Sydney.


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Monday, June 10, 2013

Sydney to Tweed Ride 2013

Sorry just being Byronic. Sydney Tweed Ride is on again. Not to be missed, unless you will be out of town and in country. 

Lamb Chops, you know it's good for you!

Saturday, May 25, 2013




Hi all,

Next week you should all receive an invite from Parramatta City Council for the Opening Night Drinks at Parramatta Riverside Theatre on Friday 14 June at 5.30 - 6.30pm, followed by a guided tour of the exhibitions and performances on the Riverside Foreshore.

The Opening Night will also be the International Premiere of Long Time, No See? by Keith Armstrong and collaborators and will be on display in the Raffertys Theatre for guests to view with a workshop running the following day at our partnering venue ICE. 

For more info about the project visit:


Josh Wodak

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rides WOOF!

Saturday 25 May
Inner West Food and Art Trail 
Free, booking essential.
Meet: 1 pm, Summer Hill station, Grosvenor Cres (north side). 

Saturday 25 May
Head On CBD Tour
$5 booking essential
Meet: The Muse, C Block, TAFE Ultimo.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Do The Math - Redfern Town Hall, 7pm, 16 May.

Do The Maths,'s documentary about the rising movement to solve the climate crises, is premiering in Sydney on May 16 at 7pm at Redfern Town Hall.

The film will be preceded by a short talk about by John Collee, screenwriter of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Happy Feet, and Creation, and followed by a QnA session moderated by John around what is doing in Australia in 2013 and how you can get involved with the movement. Tickets available at

You can also hear Bill McKibben, founder of, talk in person in Sydney on June 4, as part of his tour across Australia. Tickets for his talk are available at

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I See A Bright Future

ISEA Bright Future

Josh Wodak, Rohan Story (ARTcycle)
and Greer Allen (Magnificent Revolution Australia)

Upcoming interactive installation

International Symposium of Electronic Art
June 14 - 15 2013
Parramatta Hub, Parramatta
Commissioned by ISEA2013 Sydney

ISEA Bright Future is a kinetic sculpture about communal electricity generation and cooperation in biological organisms.

ISEA Bright Future uses custom 5 modified stationary bicycles on training stands in a semi-circle to generate audiovisual rhythms that audiences may actively "play" as an audiovisual instrument that visually models this and sonically models this. The interactive installation explores embodied energy and ecological sustainability - both as it is powered solely by participants' peddling and through biomimesis of bioluminescene, especially that of fireflies and how they synchronise their flasing. The title is pronounced "I See A Bright Future" as it explores the role of cooperation and negotiation in producing a future that will be dominated by how 'brightness' (ie lights/energy) is produced. ISEA Bright Future is a companion piece to Wodak's installation Facing Futures Free From Fear, about speculative futures and defuturing in relation to climate change, on at the same time in Sydney (May 22 - June 14).

ISEA Bright Future is a collaboration between Josh Wodak and Magnificent Revolution Australia, produced through Artist Residencies at SCANZ: 3rd Nature at Parramatta Artist Studios and supported by ISEA2013 Sydney, Parramatta City Council and ARTcycle.


Josh Wodak - Concept, Artistic Director, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Production Manager
Carli Leimbach - Creative Producer
Greer Allen - Associate Producer
Rohan Story - Electrical Engineer, Programmer, Bicycle Generator Designer, Fabricator
Grant Moxom - Production Assistant
Andrew Hornblow - Consultant Electrical Engineer and Programmer 

More about Josh's practice -

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Repeal Mandatory Helmet Law

Like Repeal Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Laws on facebook.


- Drastically reduced bicycle use since it's introduction.

- Discouraged commuters from using bicycles, as opposed to other forms of transport.

- Lead to a complete failure of our bike-share program. (Bike-share programs in similar cities have on average 2500% more uptake!)

- Prevented/discouraged new users (locals & tourists alike) from taking up cycling.

- Contrary to popular belief; possibly lead to a HIGHER accidents to number-of-cyclists ratio, according to stats.

- Caused bike lanes/paths, costing the government millions (of our tax money), to lay practically unused.

All case-controlled studies supporting the legislation are all disputed. A nation-wide review concluded that there was no evidence that the laws had reduced head injuries. A district court judge agreed that there is no conclusive evidence to the benefits of wearing bicycle helmets.

Most similar/major cities/countries in Europe & elsewhere have successful widespread bicycle patronage, without helmet regulations, with very little in the way of injuries or accidents.

Make your voice heard, and join us in petitioning to repeal this nanny state-esque regulation.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Register you bicycle! There is a free membership offer

Cycling Australia bikeREGO secures your cycling peace of mind

Cycling Australia has launched a new product designed to enhance bike safety and security and increase the probability of having recovered bikes returned to their rightful owners.

The product, CAbikeREGO, has been piloted over the past 18 months and includes a free registration component for all cyclists. 

It is estimated that 1 in 10 cyclists are likely to have their bikes stolen within five years, with very few being returned to their rightful owners when recovered. Instead, they are sold at police auctions. 

CAbikeREGO allows you to simply login, complete your registration with as much detail about your bike as possible. If your bike is stolen, you can login to your profile and update the bike's status online.

If your bike is stolen, a social media event broadcasts your bike details across our network as well as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social sites, allowing the social network to be on the lookout for your bike. With our integrated scanning technology for all smart phones available free to download from our site, all our members can actively participate in social policing.

When your bike is recovered by the police, they can search our secure database against the details provided by you and ensure your bike is returned as swiftly as possible and not sold at auction.

Should you decide to sell your bike, you can login and remove that bike from your profile. If you replace your bike, you can add it to your profile instead — just don't forget to tell the new owner to register the bike at though! 

Register with Cycling Australia bikeREGO today and get on your bike!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Intention and Expression

Active Travel

Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport—Draft report for discussion

Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport: draft report for discussion, report picture
Walking and riding are fundamental everyday modes of transport and are a vital component of Australia's transport system. Many people walk to local destinations such as their local shops, cafes or services such as the post office or library. Others walk on a daily basis to their place of work or study. Most public transport journeys start or end with a walk to or from the bus or train. Bicycle riding, whilst less prevalent, is also becoming increasingly popular as a form of transport.
On 29 October 2012, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport released Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport—Draft report for discussion.
The draft report explores how the Australian Government can work with other governments, business and the community to encourage and support walking and riding as part of the transport systems in Australia's cities and towns.
More people regularly walking, riding and catching public transport can contribute towards:
  • Increased capacity in the transport network
  • Improved public health and reduced healthcare costs
  • Improved community wellbeing and social cohesiveness
  • Reduced environmental impacts.

Your Say

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport seeks your views on walking and riding for transport purposes, and improved access to public transport. Your feedback will guide the Department's policy development process.
Submissions will be accepted until 5pm on 31 January 2013
accessed Saturday 19 January 2013