Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hindsight is 2020 - Emerald City Trail



Time to get back in the saddle and start pumping the Sydney Green Ring again, or as we are going to brand it, the Emerald City Trail. I mean there are so many green this and green that,  most of which are planning devices so we decided the Green Ring needed an iconic name to match its iconic potential.

To help launch the new name there will be three major events for 2020. The Great White Bird Trail, The Salt Pan Creek Trail, and The Emerald City Trail.

The Great White Bird Trail

Test rides: 9 + 16 + 23 Feb, Official rides: 18 + 19 + 26 Apr 2020. See ARTcycle Inc Meetup for details and booking. 

Artist and keen active transport advocate Gilbert Grace is curating a series of rides for ARTcycle Inc in 2020 to mark the 250th year of British colonisation: the good, the bad, the indifferent.

The Great White Bird Trail uses the art of emigre Brit sculptor Michael Kitching and the colonial ambitions of emigre Brit capitalist Thomas Holt to tell the story of dispossession, advancement, and development of Southern Sydney and the Sutherland Shire.

The Great White Bird Trail is divided into two rides. Day 1, from Cronulla to Kurnell then Kogarah (40 km); and, Day 2, Kogarah to Campbell Cove, Sydney (30 Km).

This will be a test ride, in which riders will be able to gain insight into the creation of the ride and offer feedback and corrections. Photography encouraged.

The official ride will coincide with a solo exhibition by Grace in April 2020 in the Broadhurst Gallery at the Hazelhurst Art Centre, Gymea.

The Salt Pan Creek Trail

Test ride: 17 May, Official ride: 19 Jul 2020. See ARTcycle Inc Meetup for details and booking. 

Salt Pan Creek Trail curated bicycle tour. At the turn of the  20th century in the suburb of Peakhurst on the Salt Pan Creek, was a permanent camp of First Australians clustered around two freehold blocks owned by two Aboriginal families, the Rowleys and Andersons (ref: Rivers and Resilience, Heather Goodall and Alison Cadzow,). 

Amongst visitors to the camp were some feisty agitators for Aboriginal rights including artist Lin Onus' father Bill Onus. It is also the locality in which members of ARTcycle spent their childhoods. 

This trail provides an opportunity to conflate personal, subjective narratives within a broader, objective, Australian dialogue of reconciliation.

The Emerald City Trail  

Test ride: 23 Aug, Official rides: NSW Bike Week Sep 2020. See ARTcycle Inc Meetup for details and booking. 

The rebranding of the Sydney Green Ring as the "Emerald City Trail" came about because of the confusion caused by the proliferation of "green" labels promoting active transport, blue+green corridors.

The Emerald City Trail will become an iconic trail to match Melbourne's "Capital City Trail". The Capital City Trail was a long time in the fomenting and took much advocacy to reach the level of acceptance it now enjoys. There is no rational reason (discounting expansionist plans of flight-shamed Sydney Airport) for the Sydney Green Ring / Emerald City Trail not to achieve the same level of public and private acceptance, recognition and government financial support.

To read more about the Trail go to the Sydney Green Ring website. Get in touch if you would like to help promote the Emerald City Trail. It's got 20 years of research and 50 years of practical cycling experience and hundreds of hours and kilometers of hands-on riding backing it.

And it seems the Tide Might Be Turning for the recognition of bicycles as a zero emission form of congestion and budget busting personal transportation. 

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