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Changing Gears


by Greg Foyster

Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas.

Preposterously underprepared, they are propelled by the inspiring and eccentric characters they meet along the way – from a forest activist living up a tree to an 18th-century woodsman and a monk walking barefoot through Queensland.

Join Greg in a revealing talk with the ABC’s Gregg Borschmann, then take off on an entertaining two-hour cycle tour of the Mountains, from Katoomba to Wentworth Falls.
Sunday May 25, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St Katoomba, 10:00am – 1:00pm*
Bookings: http://www.varuna.com.au/varuna/index.php/varuna-sydney-writers-festival

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Australia’s Rich Cycling History

  The next in our series of BRAINSTRUST SEMINARS Australia’s Rich Cycling History by Jim Fitzpatrick Did you know that Australia once had the largest bicycle path network in the world? or that Australian soldiers were at the forefront of the first significant wartime use of the bicycle? Or that at one time, the world’s […] . . . → Read More: Australia’s Rich Cycling History

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Share the road, don’t hog it!

As the BNSW Representative on the Warringah Traffic Committee, I was involved in a lively discussion at its February meeting, regarding cycling on McCarrs Creek Rd and Liberator General San Martin Drive.

For those unfamiliar with these roads, the former runs from Church Point Wharf through Ku-ring-gai NP, to Mona Vale Rd at Terrey . . . → Read More: Share the road, don’t hog it!

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Update on Rail Trails for New South Wales

As reported in Push On in January, the official launch of Rail Trails for NSW on the 26th of March in NSW Parliament House, Sydney, is progressing very well indeed thanks to the enthusiasm of supporters and guests. We have received RSVPs from several State members, including two Ministers, as well as positive . . . → Read More: Update on Rail Trails for New South Wales

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Sally’s gearing up

At 64 years of age, Sally Wallace from Canowindra has been riding a bike most of her life. She rode the 14 mile round trip to school from the family farm until we got a school bus. When the children arrived she would ride with them around town.

“When the children grew up, I . . . → Read More: Sally’s gearing up

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Vamping Sydney Park

BIKESydney is calling for more people-orientated design for the new Draft Plan of Management for Sydney Park which is now open for public comment. You can view the entire Plan via the Project’s “Document Library” link (8.3MB) or download the key excerpts of the Plan here (1.9MB).) The key points of the Draft Management Plan […] . . . → Read More: Vamping Sydney Park

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Climb the hills in Italy with the Muggs

This August, Muggaccinos is climbing all the famous Italian Alps – less than $5,800 for 21 days in Italy – all inclusive – ‘no middleman’

Since 1976 Muggaccinos.com BUG has held a hilly endurance ride each Sunday, as well as visited about 20 country towns over long w’ends etc, involving longish day rides and . . . → Read More: Climb the hills in Italy with the Muggs

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80 kilometres for 80 years

Tom McDonald, seated second from left

Shoalhaven BUG stalwart and Patron Tom McDonald turned 80 on 3 January 2014, and celebrated this milestone by cycling one kilometre for every year of his life with 17 of his Shoalhaven BUG friends.

In deference to the heat at this time of year Tom and his . . . → Read More: 80 kilometres for 80 years

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Rail Trails push for NSW

Many readers would be familiar with the concept of rail trails, and no doubt many have ridden trail trails in other states of Australia, and/or overseas.

Rail trails are shared paths that have been installed on abandoned railway corridors in nearly every state of Australia. Even the Northern Territory has two, while Victoria leads . . . → Read More: Rail Trails push for NSW

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Grand long weekend pannier tour within striking distance of Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra

As a result of working monthly at Goulburn, John Edwards, Western Sydney Cycling Network became aware that some members of The Southern Tablelands Cycling Bug (SCTB) had put together a number of day rides, known as the “T20“, many of which could be linked together to form 2, 3 or 4 day excursions.

Accordingly . . . → Read More: Grand long weekend pannier tour within striking distance of Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra

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