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.
April 11, 2007
April 9, 2007
“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.
April 2, 2007
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.