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.
Good Cycles - Ten years and counting!
Faith and Val are joined by Adam Lana of Good Cycles in the studio today to talk about Good Cycles first ten years and what's to be expected in the next ten. First we all share our bike moments before taking a look at some news including: Yarra Councillors endorsing an expansion of the 30 km/hr speed limit trial to all streets in Fitzroy and Collingwood, excluding Johnston Street, subject to State Government approval and funding. And Merri-bek Council rolling out 40km/h speed limits on all local roads across the city, planned since 2010. Adam tells us how Good Cycles has changed since it's creation in 2013, the challenges in finding programs that honour the 'good' at the heart of the organisation while ensuring the NFP's ongoing success and the rewards in working to empower people, especially younger people, to find their place in the world.
Make your mark with BikeSpot
On this weeks program Chris talks to Anthony Aisenberg about the BikeSpot project, it's origins, why it's worthwhile to map data, receiving feedback about unsafe locations, crashstats, community input, previous projects in 2016 and 2020, improving active transport infrastructure, receiving 20,000 submissions since BikeSpot opened and how to make your feedback about any location on the mapLocal news includes following up from last fortnights chat with Harrison Watt about protected kerbside lanes for Johnston Street with Critical Mass Johnston Street + CM 28th Birthday Ride, 5.30pm Friday 24 November, State Library, naarm, Melbourne, Yarra Council voting for 30km/h speed limit in Fitzroy and Collingwood, Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police badly framed comments regarding Yarra's decision and E-bike Q & A - Darebin Loves Bikes, at Preston Library, 1pm - 2:30pm, Sunday 3 December 2023.Program musicCycling Is Fun – Shonen Knifefilous: Bicycle feat. klei
Framework Designs & a RAR Gear Library!
Faith and Val are joined in the studio by Tia Evans of Framework Designs. We all share our bike moments before moving on to talk about Tia's business Framework Designs, making handcrafted cycling bags for both commuting and bikepacking. After five years growing her business Tia has just moved to a new wharehouse in Fairfield and enjoys one of the most pictureqque commutes possible in the middle of a big city. Tia is also hosting the new Radical Adevnture Riders Australia Gear Library at her wharehouse. The RAR Australia Gear Library aims to address the inaccessibility of bikepacking amongst BIPOC, women, queer, trans, and nonbinary riders. If you have bikepacking gear you can donate check the guide for whats needed, what can't be donated and how and where to drop off your donation. And while we didn't have time to mention it live on air, don't forget that the next Critical Mass is coming up on Friday November 24th and will highlight the need for protected bike lanes on Johnstone Street (as well as celebrating twenty-eight years of Critical Mass in Melbourne) . You can sign the petition for protected bike lanes on Johnstone Street here: Protected Bike Lanes for Johnstone Street.
Community campaign for Johnston Street protected lanes
On this week program Chris talks to Harrison Watt about the community campaign to get protected kerbside lanes build on Johnson Street from Kew to Carlton, signing the change.org petition and following the campaign on instagramNews includes the perennial question of when will all levels of government deal with road violence, possible slow down in infrastructure investment and spending, benefits of active transport investment, getting involved in local politics, Critical Mass North and the new national BikeSpot project which has received 15000 submissions since it opened for feedbackProgram musicBike Song - Sleepy DreamersAlright - TychoBicycle - filous feat. klei
Tommy Quick & cycling to the four most extreme points of Australia
Val and Faith are joined in the studio today by Tommy Quick who has just finished cycling the four most extreme points of Australia. We all share our bike moments, and as you might expect, Tommy's was a bit more epic than the rest! We take a look at some news, including a report in The Guardian over the weekend detailing how Australia's road toll has risen over the past twelve months, particulalry for those on bikes. Followed by the City of Yarra's consultation on Wellington Street, make sure you have your say!We also catch up on the Critical Mass North held on last Friday which saw over 200 people riding to raise awareness for safer infrstcructure for cyclists in Darebin and Yarra. Check out some of the highlights at this thread. Tommy tells us the inspiration behind his challenge to ride to the four most extreme points of Australia, after he suffered a stroke at twelve years old. Discovering that staying active helped him manage the challenges he faced physically and mentally, he set himself the goal of walking the Kokoda Trail before investing in a tricycle and looking for his next challenge. Cycling over 9000kms on his recumbent tricycle Tommy's challenge was made even more difficult after he was hit by a car in 2021 and needed extensive rehabilitation to carry on his journey. So far he has raised over $100,000.00 to raise awareness of young stroke for the Stroke Foundation but you still have time to make a donation yourself! As usual we run out of time far too soon! You can follow Tommy's journey at the4points.org and find all of his social media links there too. Heads up: Tommy is hosting a fundraiser in Moonee Ponds on MOvember 11th. All the details here.
Talking about Critical Mass North: Spooky Edition!
On this weeks program Chris interviews Sally and Ruth from Streets Alive Darebin about Critical Mass North: Spooky Edition that calls upon Darebin Council and the Victorian Government to invest in safe separate bike lanes along High Street and re-instate the Streets for People investment program. Read more at Critical Mass North: Spooky Edition - Media releaseNews includes active transport on the agenda at three councils, Maribyrnong Council disappointingly reversing their previous decision on Summerhill Road, asking Port Phillip Council to build protected lanes on Inkerman Street and four items addressed active transport and safety issues at Merri-bek Council. And finally, BikeSpot is open again in 2023 for your feedback to make our streets safer for all