If anyone was keen to join CANC in their ride from Newcastle to Sydney, they’re on schedule according to their site.That means they leave Newcastle the morning of Fri 17th. I’m thinking of taking the train to meet them on Fri evening, then riding to Sydney by Sunday/monday. Those who need to be in Sydney for work on Monday can take the train back on Sunday night.

Who wants to come? You’ll need to have sleeping gear – Maurice

Working BeeWe are having a nother working bee at the Nunnery (check http://www.bikeclub.wordpress.com) to kull bikes and generaly tidy up. The last working bee got a lot of good stuff sorted, like the shed, the tool boards, signs and labeling systems. Yay. Now we’ve simply got too much stuff!! We need your help….

  • kulling bikes for the Petersham Men’s Shed (They make wheelchairs from adult frames)
  • Sending scrap metal off to a merchant somewhere, does someone have a ute?
  • Kulling ‘projects’ that have been unloved too long
  • Sorting out a better opener/closer roster and on sight info for newbies

Okay so I might be interested but what are the deets?

Where: Nunnery (but of course) the backyard of 40 Forbes St Newtown- check out this map
When: 4 till 9.30 every monday for the next month we’ll be kulling and sorting. Plus 11am till dark Sunday 29th of July which will hopefuly be a big bike club meeting too. We’d like to talk about different bike projects, and how they can help each other. For instance we are sending kulled stuff to africa or to be made into wheelchairs, or to a scrap metaler who is stock pilling bikes for us to choose from and take back to newtown. For more info call jp on 0401447675

What if I only have a small amount of time?

That would be great because every little bit that you can offer will help. Even if it is to come by and say “Hi guys”, provide hugs, and then leave again. We’d really like to spruce things up and get our new system rolling out the Nunnery.

Check out the great website of the amazing Cycle Against the Nuclear Cycle Ride. They’re riding from Rockhampton all the way to Canberra. It’ll pass through Newcastle/Sydney around the 21st of August so that would be a good time/place for Sydney people to go and meet them and do part of the ride. If you’re wondering what they’re up to, they put it this way:

We are a comunity of people concerned about the false claim that nuclear technology will provide a clean green solution to climate change. We hope to promote truly clean and green energy alternatives, while building a pro-active cycling community and having fun.

How rad is that! (You can also make donations at their website)

Maurice

Well we have seen those smart poles throughout the CBD with the bike rings on them – and slowly they are filling up with bikes. The problem being is that the smartpoles are not anywhere outside the CBD – well the council have come up with a unique solution. They are going to replace the existing street poles and put rings on them. Also for the rollout BikeSydney, Bikeast and MASSbug will be recommending where they are placed. Check out the photos below.

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“Get off the F*#king Road!”

Namaste My Devotees!

There may be a day while you are riding your bike. A motorist passes you, and calls out, “Get off the fucking road!” You may be puzzled. What do these words mean? 

The key to understanding the cry of the motorist’s is to realize that the road does not copulate with itself. Rather, it is you who is partnered with the road.

Have you not had a day, where you get out there on your bike, and there is the road before you, warm, inviting? It feels good, it smells good, it almost seems to taste good to be on it. Some days you start out eager, knowing what lies ahead. Other days you start out a little reluctantly — surely you have better things to do — clean the house, mow the lawn — but here you are anyway, your bike and the road together, and after a little bit you know its going to be a good time.

There are days when you dominate the road. It does your bidding. You groove on your control. There are other days when the road is your master. You submit to its demands. You get a perverted pleasure from the pain of your burning legs, your oxygen-starved lungs screaming for air.

In any of these instances, though, you with your bike, and the road, are lovers. The term, “get off” as we all know, is a slang term that means to “derive pleasure”. Thus, the encouraging, if crude, words, “Get off the fucking road” can be understood as “Enjoy yourself as you and the road make beautiful love together”.

To take this a step further — in many mystical traditions, the physical act of love is understood as a metaphor for the spiritual union of human with the Divine. Can you ride as if you and the Road are One?

The mudra of the single upraised digit is a reminder of this oneness: unity in Christ Consciousness, being at one with the Tao, La illaha Il’ Allah, Adonai Echad. Thus, when someone makes this gesture at you, you should understand that they are wishing you the experience of this ecstatic union.

The horn that is honked as the mudra is made is a meditation bell. Like a church bell, like the call of the muezzin’s voice, it calls you into this sacred space of union, of you, your bike, and the road, as One.

Thus, when the motorist honks his horn, raises the single digit, and makes his sincere invocation, you have but one response: to smile, to wave, and return to the joy of riding your bike.

Well a historic moment last nite when the City of Sydney - The 2007 Bike Strategy was passed 
unanimously by all councilors.

Earlier in the night there we two cycling questions within question time.
Q1 was by the new Member of Balmain Verity Firth on the signage (or lack of) for the Glebe 
foreshore telling people it is a shared area. This
should be resolved shortly.

Q2 Was on the hire bikes in the CBD and how is that moving along - just like the scheme in 
Paris. To which the Lord Mayor said she very excited about this project and we should now 
see momentum especially with the Bike Strategy in place.

The idea that was floated back in January has come to fruition, and we’ve got our first exhibition opening happening this Friday, 9th of March, from 6-8pm.

The work is all from Gilbert Grace and “derived from photographs or sketches of various cycling journeys, either in NSW or further afield”.

The paintings were all hung yesterday and they’re really beautiful.

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