Friday morning on RN's Life Matters at 9am the whole show is dedicated to cycling and asking the question:
It’s a great hobby but is it a form of transport? Can bicycles make a real contribution to reducing traffic congestion in cities? What would it take to get you out of the car and on to your bike?
You can leave a comment now or call if you are keen 1300 22 55 76 (call from 8.30am as we are behind the east). Should be a more intelligent conversation than the usual cars vs cyclist rants.
It will be available to podcast afterwards if you miss it.
Thanks Gus - I'll have a listen.
Natasha, natasha natasha
Its all in the mind.
But Natasha talking about bikes,
that could be physical,
Natasha please be kind.
Hmm, touting for business, you trying to hijack Mr Denny and Henschke
ABC RN or ABC Radio National
So, I'm fortunate to be at home on this Friday morning, I have been calling the 1300 22 55 76 constantly since 9am (when I got back from dropping Derek at school) and I CAN'T GET THROUGH!!!!!!!!
Damn, how will RN be able to convince listeners across the country that cycling IS a viable and indeed necessary part of our urban transport mix, without the benefit of my learned opinion????????
Luckily, they are getting heaps of calls from people around the country who are telling their stories, and whose opinions are just as learned, or more so, than mine ;-)
I had a listen, some good , some less so - mainstream broadcasters often get things .. confused...trying to cover " cycling" , mostly for non-cyclists, in an hour - even when, as today, they tacitly acknowledge that there are many types of " cycling", and that somehow they are trying to cover them all in that brief time. The ABC must be the best of a bad bunch in this regard. Anyway, it was most refreshing to hear about "Slow Cycling" ( like : Slow Food movement..), and the "revisionist"views of those professional bicycle planners who are now ( at last ?) acknowledging that (urban) "cycling", at least, suffers from an image issue, in that it appears to be a "heroic" activity, undertaken by a largely male, performance-oriented culture, that excludes other demographics. And because of that exclusion, everyday (urban) cycling in A/a is that much retarded compared to Europe and Asia...anyway, see you at Slow Cycling ( lycra optional) ...
My thought was that the segment was quite good but could do with a review and a 1 hour follow up next week.
It was truly refeshing to hear a talkback program about cycling with such common sense and civility. I guess thats the ABC RN demographic though. Savvy, educated, forward looking, but just a tad long in the tooth. What got me though was that no-one mentioned the huge rally in Melbourne that very morning against the Bailleau bike-budget cuts. I got the feeling that bikes are still thought of by many as a harmless but irrelevant diversion in the real business of life, which is conducted by real people in cars.