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

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Kandos Experience - Cementa13 Residency

1-4 February 2013
A celebration of an rural industrial town

Lia, myself, Miss Em, two bikes a bike trailer and assorted bundles were taxied to Kandos in the Cementamobile ably captained by Georgina Pollard. We arrived in Kandos after a long drive through the hills of brown after passing over the mountains of blue.

Katoomba was swarming with touristas

We stopped en route to obtain supplies and to spread the good word about Cementa 13. A fortuitous visit at the Katoomba Cultural Centre resulted in running into, almost literally, the Exhibitions Manager, Sarah Gurich, who ushered us in to meet the curatorial team. They had only the day before found out that Cementa was happening and were keen for the latest update.
We approached Kandos on the Bylong Valley Way. Dropping over the ridge and into view of Kandos the imposing scale and location of the Cement works was immediately apparent. It is a commanding presence at the foot of the Coomber Melon Range.

The cement works at Kandos. Baldy in the background.

As soon as having settled we set to work cycling through the town to get our bearings, lead by Georgina and Emma.

Seeking shade on the western approach to the cement works

We joined Dave and Ed who hosted the New Year’s celebrations, a convivial affair with locals and friends joining the Kangaroos and Christmas Beatles for a toast to the new year. Only hours before Dave had lead me through bush trails to the Carwell Creek camping area. You wont find it mentioned in the tourist literature but it recently featured in a Paddy Palin Rogaining event. Recommended for anyone with a passion for, and the right equipment for off-road, dirt track bicycling.

On New Years Day I set out for a solo visit to Rylstone, a mere 7 km down a purpose built, pebblecrete and bitumen cycle path that joins the two towns.

Well used or well worn, a European styled separated cycle path is a welcome site.

Leaving Kandos I passed the Shell service station sporting the largest array of solar panels outside of the Beyond Petroleum aegis. Passed the heated olympic swimming pool, still undergoing renovations, and the 18 hole golf course. A few kilometres further on is the local recycling centre.

Ushering in the energy economy (the exchange economy a thing of the past)

One of the many cafes that greets you Louee St, Rylstone. The Rylstone Hotel, in the reflection, offers ‘safe bicycle storage’ as part of its marketing.

Arriving in Rylstone I was met with a familiar vision and motto – ‘Grow Old Disgracefully’. A wry smile  crosses my lips as the Ulysses Club motto brings to mind Damien Hirst and the Groucho club.

A few days before we had made the journey into Rylstone to peruse local shops and visit the venue for my paintings, Number Fourty Seven, 47 Louee St.

Also of interest was the slab hut, being lovingly restored as a old wares shoppe. Dating from the 1850s the walls are lined with fragments of ancient news paper and Victorian era wallpaper. Earliest date I saw was 1872, but there could be earlier.

Oh, the halcyon days before Fukushima, but not before Monte Bello and Mosaic 2.

Victorian era wall paper fragments on split iron bark slabs eerily redolent of western desert painting
Victorian era wall paper fragments on split iron bark slabs eerily redolent of western desert painting

I felt compelled to help out with George’s plans for the garden at 5 Jacques. Before leaving Rylstone we visited the Mitre 10 to invest in some tools, and seeds and spent the rest of the day pulling weeds, and filling peat pots.

Cycle tourists crossed our path often during the day. NINE at the Bridge View Hotel.

On another visit, when Alex had joined us, we revisited Rylstone and 29 NINE 99 in the historic Bridge View Hotel. The Bridge View was the location for filming the Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, but these days better known for the famous yum cha and green tea experience. NINE as it is know is also a participant in the festival.

After lunch we ambled through the ‘Thyme Out Garden’ at the rear of the hotel, part of the  Rylstone Cottage Museum, established to encourage sustainable community gardens in the region.

Gorgeous George and the breakfast room.
Gorgeous George and the breakfast room.

‘History from below’ links:
Mudgee District Local History
Rylstone Kandos and Surrounds