Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’

Pedal-Powered Author Comes to Yarraville

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 16th, 2013

20 September , 2013
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

Soph & Greg bike JPEG 4MB

On Friday 20th September at 12:30pm come and hear author Greg Foyster speak about his inspiring pedal-powered detour from the rat race – Changing Gears – at The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville.

Changing Gears is a high-spirited adventure book charting Greg Foyster’s remarkable, life-transforming cycling challenge he undertook with his girlfriend Sophie from Hobart to Cairns on a quest to find out if we can be happier with less.

Cycling for more than 8 months and 6500 kilometres, Greg and Sophie conducted over 80 in-depth interviews with lone visionaries and engaged communities alike, all seeking a more sustainable life. There’s the barefoot monk who walked from Gold Coast to Townsville with only three robes and an alms bowl, the man who lived in the bush for 20 years without electricity and went on ‘historical treks’ using 18th century tools and clothing, the ‘modern swagman’ who wandered the highway for three decades, and many more DIY downshifters with fascinating stories to tell.

Greg tells a riveting yarn – engaging, self-effacing and with many laugh-out-loud moments. The 6586km bike expedition was a million miles from Greg’s comfortable former lifestyle as an ad man – the furthest he’d cycled in one sitting was 50km and the longest he’d been in a tent was three days at a music festival. Along the way he confronted his own character flaws, contended with bum blisters, tasted road kill and got by on only two changes of clothing.

Greg and Sophie are now on a 60-day, 2000-kilometre pedal-powered book tour, visiting 30 bookshops from Melbourne through regional VIC, ACT & NSW before finishing in Sydney in mid November. Don’t miss out on this chance to hear Greg and Sophie talk about their fascinating stories of life on the road.

WHAT: Greg Foyster’s Pedal-Powered Book Tour

Meet the Author & Signings

WHEN: 12:30pm Friday 20th September

WHERE: The Sun Bookshop, Yarraville

ENQUIRIES:

10 Ballarat St Yarraville VIC 3013

(03) 9689 0661

Follow the Pedal-Powered Book Tour at:

https://www.facebook.com/ChangingGearsBook


Melbourne Electric Vehicle Expo

Posted in Events, Movements by sashashtargot on April 8th, 2013

13 April , 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

larger picture for expo

The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) warmly invites you to be part of our Electric Vehicle Expo.

What is the Electric Vehicle Expo? The Expo will be a one-day event presented jointly by the ATA, Swinburne University and Boroondara Council. The Expo will be a family friendly, relaxed and informative day exploring and showcasing Melbourne’s electric transport options, with a particular emphasis on electric bicycles.

When: Saturday 13 April 2013
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: The Atrium at Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus. Campus map.

The Expo will include up to 30 stalls, demonstrations, speakers and panel discussions relating to electric transport with a particular focus on electric bikes. There will also be a “Show & Shine“ display where you can show off your electric bike, car, motorbike or scooter (or other electric vehicle). There will be prizes for the Most Attractive Vehicle, Best Workmanship,  (conversions only) and Best Concept.

>>> Check out the EV Expo Facebook page and the ATA website for more information and to register for the “Show & Shine” display.


The MAD Ride 2013

Posted in Events by John Myers on March 1st, 2013

3 March , 2013

Mad ride logo

The MAD Ride (Melbourne Autumn Daytour) for 2013 will be held this Sunday 3rd March.

Grab your family and friends and join the MAD Ride, to celebrate 30 years of this annual ride on Sunday 3rd March 2013. The MAD Ride (Melbourne Autumn Daytour), organised by The Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club (MBTC), is the oldest recreational bike ride in Victoria. The MAD Ride is a great way for people of all ages and riding abilities to get active and enjoy some of the best cycling Victoria has to offer. It’s a community ride which promotes cycling and healthy outdoor living. It’s definitely not a race. In 2013 all rides will be based around Woodend with highlights including the Wombat State Forest and Mt Macedon for those after a challenge ride. The first ride was held in 1983 when the only distance offered was 100kms. In 2013 there are four new routes on offer with a ride for everyone:

  • A family friendly 35kms
  • An intermediate 50kms though Tylden and Trentham East
  • For those who like going off-road a 60km mountain bike ride through Wombat State Forest
  • The challenging 105km ride which goes over Mt Macedon and through Trentham

Over the 30 years of the ride we have attracted from 600 to 1500 entries and hope for a big turnout for our 30th anniversary ride. The event is organised by the MAD ride MBTC committee, and run with volunteers from the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club, a not for profit. At $45 the ride is one of the best value one day bike rides on the calendar. In 2013 morning tea will be in Carlsruhe and lunch in Tylden. All routes will have roving bike mechanics from Abbotsford Cycles.

>>> All details on ride distances, start times, activities, prizes and ride highlights can be found at: www.madride.org.au Registrations will also be taken on the day.


Electric Vehicle Festival

Posted in Events, Movements by EcoCentre on February 18th, 2013

24 February , 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

EV fest st kilda

EcoCentre is all charged up about hosting an EV Festival in St Kilda on Sunday 24 Feb.

Here’s your chance to test drive a range of electric cars and cool E-bikes (pre-registration necessary for cars). Get up close and personal with low-emissions motoring and easy cycling technology – the future of private transport. Let’s embrace EV’s in urban Melbourne, like so many other parts of the globe that are striving for healthier cities.

Experts will give short talks at the Festival on related topics such as:
-How to recharge an electric vehicle for free using solar panels
-How to get your head around technology issues, including range, speed, charging and so on
-Pricing and trends

Register in advance for a test drive of an electric car at: www.trybooking.com/CGHT .  Like our EV Festival Facebook site to go in the draw for a ride in a Tesla Roadster (pictured).

Where: Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
When: Sunday 24 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Enquiries: 9534 0670
Web: www.ecocentre.com


Transitions Film Festival 2013

Posted in Events, Movements by Jessica Bird on February 14th, 2013

15 February , 2013 10:00 amto23 February , 2013 10:00 pm

Transitions-poster

TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL, 15 to 23 February 2013
“See the change you want to be in the world”

Featuring an amazing line-up of films including Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant’s feature narrative Promised Land, The Sundance Institute’s A Fierce Green Fire and the highly anticipated Chasing Ice, the Transitions Film Festival runs from February 15-23rd at Federation Square, ACMI and Cinema Nova. The program also features introductions and panel discussions with international filmmakers and Australia’s sustainability leaders. Key guests include Bob Brown (former leader of The Australian Greens), Drew Hutton (Lock The Gate), John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute), Anna Rose (AYCC) and Velcrow Ripper via satellite (Director of Occupy Love).

Transitions Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing powerful, inspiring and ground-breaking films from around the world that highlight the awe-inspiring global transformations that are taking place every day. Covering topics such as social entrepreneurship, energy politics, climate change, social justice and technological innovation, the festival hopes to inspire the transition to a sustainable world. To encourage low emissions transport, audience members riding bikes to Cinema Nova screenings will receive cyclist’s concession prices.

Important Dates:
Federation Square Free Screenings: 15-16 February 2013
Cinema Nova Program: 17 -23 February 2013
ACMI Shorts: 18 February 2013

>>> For more information and to view the program visit the Transitions Film Festival website.


Tassivore tasting trail – for bike riders and foodies

Posted in Models, Movements by Jessica Bird on December 14th, 2012


Photo from the Tassivore Tasting Trail Map.

From the Tassivore Eat Local Challenge:

If you live in southern Tasmania, or are just passing through, and love eating fantastic local food and zipping around on your treadlie (bicycle) then this is the trail for you!

Eight of our best eateries and Hobart’s fabulous Farm Gate Market will be showcasing at least one Tassievore dish (see definition below) for four months from the first of January until the end of April 2013. […]

How does it work? The venues listed on the map are all passionate about Tasmanian produce and have committed to supplying at least one Tassievore dish for the duration of the trail. How you follow the trail is up to you. You can aim for a big day and ride the length of the trail to MONA and back (a 50km commitment) and drop in at the venues that suit your need to rest and eat, or you can pick and choose, and take your time to visit a range of the fabulous establishments involved. Equally you can take pot luck with what Tasmanian delights await you or phone ahead to work out what type of dishes there are to suit your mood.

What is a Tassievore dish? A Tassievore dish is totally Tasmanian (exceptions for minor ingredients such as spices and raising agents) and will be identified by the Tassievore logo or enquiry with staff at the venue. Updates about dishes on offer will be posted on the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge facebook page and Tassievore twitter feed.

Riding notes: If you are an inexperienced rider, or don’t have many gears on your bike, stick to the restaurants around the waterfront and along the bike path to MONA. If you have a bit more experience, and more gears, then the whole trail is up for grabs. […]

>> You can find out more on the Tassivore blog.
>> You can also download the Tasting Trail map and notes.


Beginners’ Bike Maintenance Workshop

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on October 24th, 2012

27 October , 2012
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Sat 27 October, 2pm
St Kilda Foreshore Bikepath, on the foreshore outside of SeaBaths

Get your pushie in gear and become more confident tinkering with your  clean, green machine.  This workshop will equip you with the basics to keep your bike in good repair.

Learn how to ”fix it yourself”.

Content will cover:

  • getting the right seat height
  • fixing punctures and fitting tubes
  • bike chain maintenance
  • fine tuning gears

$10 person. Bookings and pre-payment essential.

Enquiries and bookings: 9534 0670 / paula@ecocentre.com
Venue: St Kilda Foreshore bikepath, outside Seabaths


Ride to Work Day: October 17

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 11th, 2012

17 October , 2012


Photo: Matt Biddulph via flickr CC

The Ride2Work Program aims to get people started and keep them riding to work.

Ride2Work Day 2012 is Wednesday 17 October.

The Ride2Work Program is a nationally run, year round program that actively encourages thousands of Australians thinking of commuting by bicycle to give it a try. Existing riders can share their knowledge and experience with peers, as well as support and encourage those starting out.

Ride2Work has a strong influence in the dramatic increase of people choosing to ride to work, with 38% of new riders registered in 2011 still riding to work five months later.

The big event on the Ride2Work calendar is Ride2Work Day, the only nationally recognised event of its kind which provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to join over 150,000 Australians celebrating riding to work and encourages people that don’t currently ride to give it a go. Register, and then see if there’s a Community Breakfast on the day near you.

>>Ride2Work

Cargo Bike Tests by Ride On Magazine

Posted in Models, Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 18th, 2012

Source: Ride On Magazine


Photo by Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious via flickr CC

From “Ditch the car” by Simon Vincett and Jon Miller:

A cargo bike can do most of the errands for which people use a car, but with greater health benefits, less cost and reduced environmental impact. Simon Vincett and Jon Miller tested 14 options available in Australia.

The school run, grocery shopping, weekend sports, BBQ in the park: check, check, check, check – a cargo bike has them all covered. That big box or those capacious panniers can take a huge load – it’s a good thing there are also some strong, low-down gears to get you underway.

The development of these bikes comes to us from those most transport-advanced countries of Denmark and the Netherlands, where for decades families have zipped about and proprietors have conducted their businesses using cargo bikes. Most models on test here come with seats and harnesses for kids and boxes that can be configured for many different commercial purposes. Luggage racks, handbrakes, lights and locks are usually included – not to mention mudguards and chainguards – because these bikes are intended to provide the amenity of a car.

We’re using a general term of ‘cargo bike’ but there are really three main types:

  • Box trike: two wheels in front either side of a big box
  • Box bike: a box behind the front wheel and in front of the rider
  • Long bike: an extended rear rack carries the load behind the rider.
Read the rest of the article by Simon Vincett and Jon Miller to find out more about the different bikes and the way they handle.


Bring back the Bike Budget: Rally tomorrow morning

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 20th, 2012

21 June , 2012
7:30 amto8:30 am


World Naked Bike Ride 2012 photo by Charles Van den Broek via flickr CC

Bicycle Network Victoria is inviting every person who rides a bike and cares about the safety of our streets to attend the before-work rally from 7.30-8.30, Thursday, 21 June to express their amazement and disappointment at the Baillieu decision to cut funding for bike infrastructure to zero.

“Ted Baillieu’s Government has snubbed the 1.1 million Victorians riding a bike every week and ignored the million more who want to join in but are waiting for appropriate facilities to appear,” Bicycle Network Chief Executive Officer Harry Barber said.

“We’re going to tell the Baillieu Government that we are amazed and disappointed that they seem to think doing nothing on bike infrastructure is an option – it’s not.

“The Baillieu Government have not grasped the unique ability of bikes to improve the carrying-capacity of our already congested road network. The simple truth is more cars can’t be added to already jammed roads but what we can do, for a small investment, is move thousands more people along existing roadways just by installing appropriate bike facilities.

“Thousands are already riding every day, thousands more want to ride but are waiting for the Government to act – Mr Baillieu, his Government and his zero-bike Budget are failing Victorians.”

Support for the rally is growing across the bike riding community. A number of groups and clubs have organised riders to travel to the rally together. Meeting places so far include:

  • Footscray – 7.00am Hyde Street opposite the Police Station.
  • North Melbourne – 7am North Melbourne Pool, 1 Macauley Rd – coordinated by Melbourne Bicycle User Group
  • Coburg – 6.30am Coburg Railway Station.
  • East Brunswick – 7.00am Café L’Amour, 76 Lygon St, East Brunswick, coordinated by Moreland Bicycle User Group.
  • Carlton – 7.00am Outside Dan O’Connell Hotel, Corner Princes and Canning Streets – coordinated by Yarra Bicycle Users Group.
  • Northcote – 7.00am, Jika Jika Community Centre, Corner Plant and Union Streets – coordinated by Darebin Bicycle User Group.
  • Brighton – 6.45am, corner Bay St and Nepean Highway.
  • Richmond: 7:00am Elizabeth Street and Church Street—outside the commission flats.

The Moreland and Yarra Councils have also passed resolutions supporting the rally. Moreland Council is promoting the rally and encouraging all staff who want to attend to do so. Yarra Council has adopted a similar supportive position and also “authorises a City of Yarra banner or banners being taken to the rally and displayed”.

High performance riders are also getting on board. The North Road Group – a regular Thursday early morning training ride to Mordialloc for road riders – has modified its course and timing and will now finish at the Parliament House steps in time to join the start of the rally at 7.30am.

The 2012 Victorian Budget papers show the government has allocated zero funding to the VicRoads Bicycle Program. (Some already-announced commitments from previous budgets are still trickling through. The Baillieu Government is trying to hide behind these carry over items.)

No high priority infrastructure projects planned for next year have been funded and desperately needed lanes, signals, intersections and other urgent safety improvements have been scrapped. The decision will increase the level of risk for existing riders and stop new riders joining in an activity that improves community health and cuts congestion.

7.30-8.30am, Thursday, 21 June
www.bicyclenetwork.com.au