November 2009 Blog Posts (10)

TOUR DOWN UNDER - YOU CAN STILL "RIDE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY CANCER"!!

Want to give some purpose to your TDU Challenge Tour - then ride with us?? Although formal Registrations of Teams in the TDU have now closed you still have until 7th Dec to join Our Team. Cancer Voices SA advocates for better cancer treatment and care for South Australian. We're a voluntary advocacy organisation "raising a voice for those affected by cancer" www.cancervoicessa.org.au Last… Continue

Added by Ashleigh Moore on November 30, 2009 at 15:45 — No Comments

There and back again, hot weather cycling and a fun commute..

Rode my Specialized P1 AM to work today and what an excellent ride it was!



I don’t often to get to ride a responsive and light bike, mostly riding (through practical necessity) my Xtracycle. While I love this bike, the ride and the handling, the Xtracycle is quite heavy, is built to haul things over long distances, and it is not particularly fast.



The P1 AM on the other hand, is fast and comfortable over long distances while still offering a really fun and responsive ride.… Continue

Added by Jeremy Miller on November 19, 2009 at 19:47 — 4 Comments

Has Japan designed the world's best bike shed?

I saw this last week but the Guardian online's Blike Blog (which was also a nice discovery) has featured a video on it.



The computer tagged, theft proof, clutter proof 'mechanical masterpiece'.



I was thinking that while all that stuff is nice it might inspire more to ride their $5k carbon road machines into the city where at the moment because of theft fears they might… Continue

Added by Gus K on November 19, 2009 at 10:34 — 2 Comments

Conflicting parking signs in bike lanes

Has anyone else noticed how when new bike lanes are put in, existing parking signage which conflicts with the bike lane is not removed? for example the new bike lane along Frome Rd past the Uni still has "No standing between 7am and 7pm". Technically outside these hours cars should not park there as it is still a dedicated bike lane, yet after 7pm, cars park along here as they always have done. Personally I don't have a problem with the cars being there at this time apart from the fact that it… Continue

Added by David Bowler on November 18, 2009 at 8:10 — 1 Comment

A cycling vision for the future of Adelaide

What sort of city do we want Adelaide to be and how do we get there?



Adelaide needs a bicycle culture; Adelaide needs infrastructure that will encourage a bicycle culture. Unfortunately some infrastructure planers will only base infrastructure on past trends and current usage patterns. There is little or no crystal ball gazing, or designing to create a future, not just in terms of infrastructure, but more importantly, the culture that infrastructure would create.



Let us… Continue

Added by Jeremy Miller on November 14, 2009 at 20:02 — 3 Comments

Surly Long Haul Trucker - 6 month update

The LHT hasn't done as many kilometres as I had hoped in the first six months. The blame for that lies with the rider, not the bike. I have ridden it to work quite a few times but because my commute is a 75km round trip and I'm not a fast rider it is difficult to find the extra couple of hours every day for bicycle commuting.



While the kilometres are a bit low the first 6 months have given me a good insight to life with the LHT. It has had a few tweaks in that time but has… Continue

Added by Luke on November 14, 2009 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

cyclist hazard being erected on Victoria Bridge in Montefiore Road

Cyclist Safety Compromised by Old, New and Pending Fences



Will the erection of this eastern barricade continue? Will cyclist safety continue to be undermined? Will Austroads continue to be ignored? Please give cyclist safety the highest priority. Then more people will cycle and help reduce greenhouse gas pollution.



I have written to the Minister for Transport re cyclist safety compromised by old, new and pending fences. In particular the barriers being erected in… Continue

Added by heather on November 10, 2009 at 14:19 — No Comments

Walkscore works for Adelaide now

Not strictly cycling related - but I see the website that calculates a "Walk score" for any location based on distance to day-to-day facilities (shops, restaurants, schools, parks) registered on Google Maps now works for Adelaide.



http://www.walkscore.com



I checked out my street in Brooklyn Park and it gets a score of "48 out of 100 — Car-Dependent", which feels about right to me, although it's missing a few nearby things like some… Continue

Added by Patrick Sunter on November 8, 2009 at 15:19 — No Comments

prevent precedent of removing bike lanes from arterial roads

Prospect Council has presented a plan to DTEI to remove a section of bicycle lanes on Prospect Road. No cyclist likes to lose a bicycle lane. If the plan goes ahead with carriageway narrowing, there will not be room for a public buses to safely pass cyclists. Go to Prospect BUG page for more info & how to help to stop this precedent for other arterial roads.

Added by heather on November 6, 2009 at 14:30 — 4 Comments

Critical Mass not extreme enough for ya? Try Crimanimalz freeway rides

Via another cycling website I came across this group LA group, riding along busy gridlocked freeways to prove they can get around faster than cars in peak hour.



Crazy, but cool ;)



http://www.wired.com/autopia/2008/05/in-a-city-built/

http://www.vimeo.com/crimanimalz



I think it would work on the West Gate freeway in Melbourne during peak hour… Continue

Added by Patrick Sunter on November 1, 2009 at 21:54 — 3 Comments

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