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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 Hills, with the latter branching off to Akuna Bay before eventually rejoining McCarrs. Both roads offer the challenge of significant steep sections, before reaching Terrey Hills.

The roads form part of a popular cycling loop through the National Park and along the N Beaches, particularly at weekends. They have become more attractive of late as the RMS has resealed significant sections of previously very poor road surface on McCarrs. Unfortunately, they failed to take cyclists into consideration when carrying out the work (surprise, surprise). The new bitumen surface was not completed flush to the existing edges, leaving a potentially dangerous lip, nor was a bike lane incorporated, especially on the steep uphill sections.

Local residents are unhappy that it is sometimes difficult to pass cyclists on what is relatively narrow road, with double centre lines in many places. Part of the problem is that cyclists need to stay further from the edge to avoid the lip, but the real issue is when some cyclists insist on cycling 2 abreast, making it even more difficult to pass. It may be a legal right, but it is not good etiquette.

In another example cited, it appears a south Sydney based cycling group are followed on the hill climb by a club van, which of course travels at the speed of the slowest cyclist, making it nearly impossible to pass legally or safely.

Cyclists have to endure relentless vitriol from the Daily Telegraph and odious shock-jocks, so it is counter-productive to alienate local residents who are generally supportive of cycling. I urge all cyclists using McCarrs Creek Rd, especially on the uphill sections, to be understanding of the legitimate needs of other road users. In short share the road, but don’t hog it!

Cyclists might also consider emailing the RMS and suggest that the road edging be remediated and that a bike lane be installed on the uphill section, which would encourage disciplined cycling,  afford cyclists a measure of recognition and protection, and alert motorists to the likely presence of cyclists around the many bends.

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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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NSW strategy will complete missing links

The City of Sydney welcomed the release of the NSW Government’s cycling strategy, Sydney’s Cycling Future, which prioritises the building of better-connected cycling infrastructure. The priority projects will connect networks within five kilometres of major centres and public transport interchanges while complementing the City of Sydney’s efforts to build a safe and connected bicycle . . . → Read More: NSW strategy will complete missing links

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New Bourke St Cycleway – Cars entitled, while pedestrians and riders get the scraps.

The City of Sydney is preparing to deliver the final section of the Bourke Street cycleway through Waterloo. However, the link will be delivered as a shared path (thus mixing riders in with pedestrians) rather than as a green, separated cycleway such as you now find along other sections of Bourke St. We think it […] . . . → Read More: New Bourke St Cycleway – Cars entitled, while pedestrians and riders get the scraps.

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