The dream of the car is over

The dream of the car is over

By Jason Thompson, Monash University

Originally published at The Conversation.

I had always been obsessed with cars. To me, cars represented freedom, engineering excellence, modernity, technological brilliance, speed, fun and excitement.

I still love cars but not like I used to. Now, I grieve for them. I grieve for what they promised me but cannot deliver. Why? Because these days, driving a car is sadly neither exciting nor liberating. More frequently it is mundane, unproductive and frustrating. Worse, it is deadly.

Winter edition of Pedal Update

The latest edition of Pedal Update, our quarterly newsletter, is online now and heading to members mailboxes soon. In this edition you can read about the briefing DPTI gave at our AGM on the great work they're doing connecting Adelaide's bike path network and installing safer crossing points at arterial roads, take a journey on a folding bike to India and Oman, learn about bike boxes and safer cycling in the city, meet our new committee members and find out about some upcoming cycling events including out first quiz night in September.

Read it via Issuu below or here.

Chair's Report, March 2013

The madness that is March in Adelaide is fast receding into memory. The warm nights and hot days are flowing into the autumnal cool that promises winter soon. For us more hardened transport cyclists, the arrival of the cooler weather and all it brings does not mean hanging up the bicycle for another ‘season’ or turning to indoor ‘training’ to keep fit and in shape. What happens is that our clothes become an embodiment of memory, with winter clothing suited to the bicycle percolating to the surface again, wardrobes being arranged to suit. The bicycle is a transport of delight, a counterpoint to the speed and disassociated dislocation of a city experienced within the passive confines of automobility.

Super Tuesday bike count observations

Ian Radbone from HubTT, has prepared an observation on the results of this year's Super Tuesday census results. As a background; on the first Tuesday of March a census of cyclists riding between 7am and 9am is carried out by volunteer counters. It's not just held in Adelaide but in other capital cities as well.

Hal Grades Your Bike Lock

With the help of this funny Streetfilms video Hal wanders streets of NY Soho to mark bike locking. Given recent thefts in Adelaide this and his other two Streetfilms videos are compulsory viewing if you want to learn what it takes to make your bike secure. http://www.streetfilms.org/hal-grades-your-bike-locking/

Northern Territory freedom

This informative video from Mike Rubbo of http://www.situp-cycle.com/ shows how the Northen Territory have taken a different path than the rest of Australia on helmet laws and footpath sharing. It reminds of a recent trip to Alice Springs and being surprised by the number of cyclists on a typically hot summer day and the number not wearing helmets and the good network of pathways provided to cyclists. Mike travelled to Darwin in 2010 to produce this video on the way they provide for cycling in the Northern Territory. http://www.situp-cycle.com/2010/09/16/darwin-shows-the-way/

City of Marion to invest in cycling and walking in new $1.8mil plan

News released today from City of Marion.

“Railway Terrace will be transformed into a people-friendly street that promotes healthy lifestyles by encouraging walking and cycling and use of public transport while accommodating the needs of motorists,”

Concept plan for feedback by 5 April

http://makingmarion.com.au/railwayterrace


MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday, February 26 2013
$1.8m streetscape puts walking and cycling first

Coast to Vines Reconstruction: River Rd and Railway Tces reconstruction

 We have received the following notification from the Onkaparinga Council:

 

In conjunction with the State Government, the Onkaparinga Council has constructed the Coast to Vines (C2V) Trail.

 

The section between River Rd and Railway Tce is in poor condition and at the end of its lifecycle. 

Bike theft on the ride in Adelaide. Keeping your bike safe

There has been a lot of reported bike thefts in Adelaide recently. Many from the CBD and around popular places like the university and Gawler Place but also from private property. One story we heard was an entire trailer with 12 bikes was stolen from a front yard. The good news on that one was many of the bikes were recovered.

SAPOL have tried to communicate about the problem to cyclists and have introduced what they called a 'Bike Passport'. It's really a simple document that encourges you to take notes about your bike - make, size and particular components like tyre brands, pedal type etc. It was launched at the recent TDU Ride Like Crazy event.

Vale Alex Moulton

British bicycle engineer best know for his unique bicycle designs with small wheels and unique suspension designs, Sir Alex Moulton OBE, has died aged 92.

Read more about his life on Bike Radar here.

Moulton

 

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