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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.

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The following snip is from the summary of a CSIRO report on the future of cars. An interesting read if you have an interest in sustainable transport.

To me the killer fact is only 13% of fuel energy is used to propel current vehicles. Pretty outrageous when you think about it. Sure, less cars, more public transport, more active transport, better designed communities etc are essential but cars are going to be around for a while so why not make them better.

Be interested to know the energy efficiency of a bike. Must be pretty high. Any ideas anyone?

From the CSIRO:

Fuel cells could be a long-term solution to transport-related greenhouse emissions, but in the meantime car makers could do a lot more to improve vehicle fuel use, says CSIRO’s low emissions transport leader David Lamb. “Today’s typical car wastes most of the energy it gets from the fuel,” Lamb told the NRMA summit (see Truss: consumer demand should be the basis for alternative fuels take-up). “Only about 13% of the energy is used to propel the vehicle,” he said. “The rest is wasted in friction, noise, heat, braking and mechanical losses.” Car makers “already know” many technologies that could improve fuel efficiency, but they all cost more, he said. “They would have supplied them already except that fuel was so cheap. Engine improvements will arrive quite quickly now that fuel is more expensive, but they will cost about 10% more than today’s car.” Over the next six or seven years engines will generally get smaller and accommodate 5% or 10% biofuels, Lamb said.

http://www.csiro.au/csiro/content/standard/ps12m,,.html

Come and visit us at Cheeky Transport new location 3a Georgina St Newtown And so ends a beautiful 7 years at 456 Pitt st

 

The Boys have worked like absolute trojans moving all our crap

  

And here is our new location. This view is coming along King St from the city, just after Goulds book shop. Our shop is just to the left of the bike and the Solarium.

       

Before and so far.

Treadly and Me has an overview of the death of a Melbourne pedestrian after a collision with a rider last week, summarising mainstream media reports, blogs and official statements. It’s essential and sobering reading, and a reminder to play by the rules, for the sake of everyone..

 

Bicycle NSW is no longer publishing Push On via Australian Cyclist. They have decided to make it a PDF that can be downloaded at http://www.pushon.com.au. Push On was the main method that BNSW had to contact its members.

I feel that with an election year coming up BNSW should be reaching as many people as possible, that means a combination of paper and web (yes put it on the web but also continue publishing it). If members want a paper copy they need to send in the form that is in Australian Cyclist requesting it, then you will get a printed version posted to you. If you missed that small article and don’t have a PC – you won’t see Push On ever again.

If you disagree with this please let Bicycle NSW know email pushon@shirelife.com

On a good note, at the last BNSW board meeting it was decided that they should get an Advocacy manager for the election. Hopefully the job specs are being written up as we speak.

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