For those that don’t know there will be a State Election on the 24th March in NSW. This is probably the best I have seen in regards to the organisation of cycling information and resoures available to us. The cycling Promotion Fund have created a fantastic resource at http://www.vote4cycling.com.au – This site is full of great information about the state of cycling within NSW and when compared to other states how far we are behind. You can also email all the canditates in each region.

Also available is the Bicycle NSW 2007 policy request that has been sent to every minister ( http://www.bicyclensw.org.au/Assets/Downloads/BicycleNSW_PolicyRecommendations.pdf).

Bicycle NSW have also invited the three main parties, Labor, Liberal and Greens to speak about their cycling policies to the board. So far the Liberals and the Greens have responded no word from the Labor Party.

Bicycle NSW will be publishing the results of the meetings so expect something there. Vote4Cycling also sent every member a 30 question survey (survey is available on the web).  The results of that are also to be published on the web.

So even thou it looks like it will be a Labor Gov next time aroud there are some key seats that could go other ways. So what I say is check out what is there and write to you local member and ask them some tricky questions. And let them know that for you cycling is an issue.

2007

The City of Sydney is providing free secure bicycle parking for up to
320 bicycles at both Jazz and Symphony in the Domain, part of the Sydney
Festival.

If you are attending the concerts, help keep Sydney’s air clean and
reduce traffic congestion by cycling to the events. Cycling is also
great for your health and fitness.

City of Sydney will be giving away free bike pumps to the first 20
cyclists to use the bicycle parking facility at each Domain Concert.

Security guards will be manning the bike parking throughout.
When:
Jazz in the Domain, Saturday 13th January

Symphony in the Domain, Saturday 20th January

Opening times:
3:30pm – 11:15pm
(The concerts commence at 8pm and finish at approximately 10:30pm)

Location:
The secure bicycle parking area is located behind the stage, on the
corner of Art Gallery and Hospital Roads. Access is from Art Gallery
Road.

Bike locks:
While the bicycle racks will be within a fenced area patrolled by
security, cyclists are required to supply their own bike locks/chains to
secure their bikes to the rack.

Whilst the City of Sydney will take care of bikes left in this bike
parking area, the City of Sydney, Sydney Festival and Botanic Gardens
Trust takes no responsibility for any damage to, or loss of, your bike
or other property as a result of your use of the bike parking.

2006 BikeSydney Summer Solstice Ride
22nd Dec at 1.30am (Thurs nite/Fri Morning)

Bike Sydney are holding the 2nd BikeSydney Summer Solstice Ride.Celebrate the longest day of the year by joining us for a unique event – the 2nd BikeSydney Summer Solstice Ride.

The ride is back. After the fantastic 2005 Summer Solstice bike ride, we decided we MUST do it again.

This time the ride is to South Head – The Hornby Lighthouse above Watsons Bay.

Date: Friday 22nd Dec (so catch a bit of an early nite Thursday and get some sleep and set that alarm clock)
Time: 1.00am (Friday morning) for a 1.30am depart.
Location: Martin Place – near the Cenotaph

The ride itself will take in lots of fantastic water views, some sneaky bike paths and undiscovered parts of Sydney. So charge those batteries (and bring spares), bring that puncture kit and some food for the ride (depending on what is open we may be able to get something to eat).

As a bit of a theme this year – wear something Red or put some tinsel on your bike.
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Also we will need to ride out of Watsons bay as the ferry from there does not start until 10.30am. The ferry at Rose Bay starts at 6.00am. Some images from the 2005 ride can be found at http://www.bikesydney.org

And my mate wrote this

Summer Solstice, Sydney
by Brad Truran

Metal steeds commingle with the sun
faithful, even though defiled;
teach us to be mindful of car doors and potholes.
The sons and daughters of the velocipedic
solstice puff their uphill exhalations,
morning, noon and night they observe.
Ancients attuned to the turning wheels
laugh, ever so slowly at first.
It’s a long, long way from the spokes of time,
to synthesize with our spinning cranks and chains.

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Meet at Cheeky transport at 2pm for a convoyage to Pyrmont Point Park (3pm) for a vegan barbie (BYO meat. We will take the Christiania full of ice and beer and a bicycle powered blender for cocktails. There will be music of some kind and some prizes for outfits and some events like skids and trackstands and some other cool stuff.

Very low key, it’s a real nice spot to spend the afternoon and watch the sunset

All welcome as long as you come by bike.

Due to the great fun we had last year with the BikeSydney Summer Solstice – it will be back – evening of the 21st Dec, morning 22nd Dec. Put in for your day off now.

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CHANGE OF VENUE!
Due to technical difficulties, The Bicycle Film Festival will now be screened at the OLD GEOLOGY BUILDING easily found next to the Glebe footbridge on Parramatta Rd.

Just thought I’d also let everyone know where to be for FREE Bicycle Film Festival events!

FREE PARTIES!!!

Thursday 26th October
BIKES ROCK PARTY! Bicycle Film Festival Launch

Hermann’s Bar
7pm-12am
Come party hard with:
Tom Stone and the Soldiers of Fortune, Say Cheese and Die!, Vincent Over the Sink, Peter Costello, MC Sunny D, Chooch-a-bahn DJs,
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Friday 27th October

Reception

6-7pm
Old Geology Building (next to Glebe footbridge on Parramatta Rd)
Free wine, juice and vegetarian nibblies! Come and get excited about the first screening of the BFF EVER IN AUSTRALIA!

Bicycle Film Festival Afterparty
The Townie (Newtown)
11pm-late
Come, relax and chat over a beer or lemonade…

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Saturday 28th October
Bicycle Film Festival Closing Party
Hermann’s Bar
11pm-3am
Dance the night away with Dual Plover’s Winner and DJ Small Cock.

SOS!
Help is still needed with:
– valet bicycle parking. Come and relieve Fiona (from MASSBUG) for an hour or two so she gets to see at least SOME of the Bicycle Film Festival screening! Volunteers urgently needed to help on Saturday and a couple more people on Friday would be good too. So far, Fiona appears to be looking after the bicycle parking full-time on both days! It’s time to help her out!
Contact Fiona on paulfi@optusnet.com.au
– general ushering of people and various other things… If you’re able to help out on Friday night from 5:30pm, let me know as soon as possible and I’ll assign you a job! Yes! Go jobs!

~ Phuong ~