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Yarra Bicycle Users Group promotes urban cycling. Providing support to campaigns to improve cycling conditions and awareness; demystifies cycling technology and helps to reveal the diversity of cyclists, from children to commuters to lobbyists.

YarraBUG Chris, Faith, Val and Steve

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Yarra Bicycle Users Group promotes urban cycling. Providing support to campaigns to improve cycling conditions and awareness; demystifies cycling technology and helps to reveal the diversity of cyclists, from children to commuters to lobbyists.

    Nicky Page talks about Step Away from The Car 2.0

    Nicky Page talks about Step Away from The Car 2.0

    In this series of summer specials, Chris catches up with Nicky Page about Step Away from the Car (broadcast on YarraBUG Radio in 2017/18) and Step Away from the Car 2.0  The 2019 series was recorded by interviewer/producers Nicky Page and Suzanne Reece at the 2019 Australian Walking and Cycling Conference in Adelaide. Step Away from The Car: Getting There Faster by Slowing Down: For over a century, we’ve been told that Faster Is Better, but the evidence suggests otherwise. Associate Professor Paul Tranter goes as far to as to contend that over reliance on cars steals our time, money and health. Slowing down whole cities can improve public health, drop infrastructure costs and increase our sense of community.Nicky talks about her observations of the 2019 AWC conference, cycling advocacy initiatives, the importance of community radio and how to keep Radio Adelaide on air by donating to their campaign to raise $50,000 by 10 January 2020.Donate now to keep our sister radio station on the air waves + digital!

    Exploring Victoria on an electric MTB

    Exploring Victoria on an electric MTB

    Faith and Val are joined in the studio by our guest Phil and we kick off the show by sharing our bike moments. We take a look at local news including the opening of the William St bike lanes in the CBD and Bike West's detailed response to the City of Maribyrnong's Draft Bicycle Strategic Plan. You can find the Draft Bicycle Strategy here, Bike West's suggested reponses to the survey here and an example email to local councillors here. Phil tells us how he came to the decision to buy an electric MTB after years of riding bike paths around Melbourne. Keen to explore further and discover new areas he soon found his old hybrid wasn't up to the task. Phil is in his seventies, and an electric MTB has given him the confidence to go further, averaging 80-100kms on most trips and giving him a much larger playground to explore. Phil carries a second battery, his tools and camera on his bicycle journeys and documents his rides, including GPX files, on his blog, eMTB Cycling Vic meaning everyone can enjoy them. We finish up with a reminder of all the Neighbourly Rides local rides planned for December and January so if either you or the kids get a bike for christmas and you haven't ridden for a while, you can make the most of the summer!

    Reclaim Our Merri Creek + Hunt 1000

    Reclaim Our Merri Creek + Hunt 1000

    On this weeks program Chris welcomes long term YarraBUG Radio presenter Steve back into the studio after a lengthly break doing bicycle adventures including the 2019 Hunt 1000. Steve chats about the amazing alpine landscape, riding the trails, making his own bikepacking gear and adventures along the way.This weeks interviews are from Reclaim Our Merri Creek walk, a community event organised in response to last weeks alleged assault on the trail in Coburg. Hundreds of locals walked along the Merri Creek trail on Sunday evening in response to concerns about using public space, preventing attacks against women and reclaiming the area for everyone. Interviews included Fiona Patten, MLC for the Northern Metropolitan region and two women expressing their concerns, including dealing with ripple effects from the attack, public perception about safety, changing societal expectations rather than kneejerk law and order responses and confronting microaggressions from men while riding. Expressive Women's Choir sung MILCK’s Quiet as part of the walk that finished at Harding Street Bridge.Local news includes heads up from Glen Eira Bicycle Users Group for Thursday 12th December 8am- 9am "thumbs up" pop-up at a secret location to be revealed Wednesday PM as they need as many people as possible to help bring the message home supporting safe bike paths and the Angry Butcher bikeshop in Sunbury kicks off their Drought relief fund.

    Cycling Lake Biwa Japan with Wheel Women

    Cycling Lake Biwa Japan with Wheel Women

    Val and Faith take to the studio on an unseasonably cool December morning and share our bicycle moments which involve hail and jacarandas. We take a look at a few news items including a research released by Victoria Walks which find traders in shopping strips oversestimate the number of customers that arrive by car, and the ongoing saga of doping in cycling and Russia. We then play an interview recorded with Tina McCarthy of Wheel Women about her most recent cycling trip to Japan, cycling The Golden Route, Biwaichi, the Japanese government's interest in more cyclists visiting Japan and the logistical issues still to be grappled with. We finish up with a reminder that the Road Safety Symposium is coming up in March 2020. 

    What's the price of justice for a cyclists life?

    What's the price of justice for a cyclists life?

    On this weeks show Chris talks to Nat Bromhead from Bicycling Australia Magazine about sentencing for Jason Lowndes death in 2017, including distracted driving, what's needed to improve road user behaviour, mobile phone use, Gitta Scheenhouwers death in South Yarra, Australian states not having standardised legal responses to minimum passing laws, improving infrastructure and an apparent disconnection between sentencing and community expectations.We also chat about Commuter Cycling: will Australia embrace salary sacrifice ride to work schemes, who's possibly next in line to run the Tour Down Under, upcoming Bicycling Australia events and the next January/ February 2020 edition with three major features by women writers.Local news includes The A-Z of cycling in Melbourne that lists everything from ByK, Jetnikoff shop rides (highly recommended!), previous guests Melburn Durt and Rally for the Future of Melbourne's Transport.

    Road Safety Symposium - Australian issues meet Dutch, and local, solutions

    Road Safety Symposium - Australian issues meet Dutch, and local, solutions

    Val and Faith are joined in the studio today by Dr Elliot Fishman of the Institute for Sensible Transport. We share our bike moments before taking a look at news including: Sydney Cycleways working with Google Maps and looking for user feedback on bike routing, (upload screenshots and photos using your google account), Maribyrnong Draft Bicycle Strategy 2019-2029 now open for feedback and TV viewership for womens cyclocross race in Belgium is greater than for the men's event for the first time. Elliot explains the motivation behind the Road Safety Symposium he has planned for March 2020 featuring both Australian and Dutch safety experts. We talk about the sudden increase in road deaths in Victoria, and other areas of Australia, particularly amongst cyclists and pedestrians and discuss the strategies the Netherlands has used to improve road safety over the past four or five decades and how these might be used to address Australian issues. Details about the Road Safety Symposium being held in both Sydney and Melbourne can be found here.We finish the program with a couple of events. Tuesday in Brunswick a Community Meeting: A Better Sydney Road anda Community Social Ride: River Cruise hosted by Inner West Community Bike Hub. 

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