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Show your support – new Rail Trail leading into Sydney Olympic Park 

Through Cumberland Council and the Get NSW Active program, a rail corridor is proposed to be turned into a shared active transport trail called Pippita Rail Trial.   

The 2.4 kilometre Pippita Rail Trail is a walking and cycling connection from Lidcombe Train Station to Sydney Olympic Park, a project which is prioritising the growing and changing needs of commuters and the community in Cumberland.  The trail will transform the former Abattoir Branch railway line which once serviced the State Abattoirs, State Brick Works and Homebush Saleyards with stations including Pippita, Metropolitan Meat Platforms, Saleyards, Abattoirs and Brickworks. 

Provide your feedback and support for the project here Cumberland Council | Pippita Rail Trail Masterplan (nsw.gov.au)Read more

West Street Cycling, Walking and Streetscape Upgrades – Consultation closing 3 March

Late last year, North Sydney Council released a design proposal for the West Street Cycling, Walking and Streetscape Upgrades – Stage 2 which is open for public consultation until this Sunday March 3 2024.

This proposal connects the existing small section between Ridge Street and Pacific Hwy all the way back to the Amhurst St roundabout and is a critical missing part of the Naremburn to Sydney Harbour Bridge link. In addition to the bidirectional cycleway on the western side, there are numerous raised crossings (similar to Ridge St) to access streets on the eastern side as well as Cammeraygal High School. … Read more

Is it a bike and where is it from?

Thanks to one of our members we have a few more interesting versions of bikes found around the world. Can you guess the country or city? … Read more

Finally you’re a Wow photographer!

Here is the final instalment (for the moment) from our photographer and social media Guru Chris with our thanks.

Part 3 – Composition

Composition is the “icing on the cake” that enhances good lighting and an interesting subject, elevating your photo to ‘wow’ standard.

There are many rules for good composition, one of which is the “rule of thirds”. The rule being that the subject is enhanced if it appears on the intersection of an imaginary grid line of the frame divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. 

The photo below, taken by Marjorie Au, shows an excellent use of the “rule of thirds”. … Read more

Bike Wanted

Flat handlebar bicycle for use as commuter bike in Melbourne wanted by lady 175cm tall.

[Bike location can be either Melbourne or Sydney]Send photos, specs and asking price Gabriel at gtooma@gmail.comRead more

Discount on membership with Bicycle NSW for Bike North members

Do you know that membership with Bike North entitles you to a 15% discount on your membership with Bicycle NSW?  Use code BIKENORTH23 when you join or renew.  Yes that’s right it does still include 23 in the code!

Bicycle NSW members receive global, comprehensive (personal accident and public liability) rider insurance and a range of other benefits as well as advocacy and legal support.  … Read more

Your walking and cycling experience

Bike North has been contacted by the Research team at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School due to our members participating in active transport in the Northern Sydney area.

As part of their activity, the ARC (Australian Research Council) Linkage project on active travel led by Professor John Nelson, now has a bike user survey focusing on the shared path from North Ryde Station to Macquarie Centre to distribute.

The research team believe this infrastructure plays a pivotal role in connecting cyclists and pedestrians to Macquarie Centre and a few metro stations – a critical active travel link for local residents. … Read more

Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail

Steven So and his family enjoyed a Rail Trail ride in 2020. You may like to plan this one or send in your own ride story for us to share with members. Send to news@bikenorth.org.au

What better way to enjoy a school holiday than to do an out and back ride along the first NSW rail trail with the kids? “Wrong” my daughters will tell you. Even though the trail was only 42km return with spectacular rolling green scenery and perfect spring weather our kids would have you believe otherwise.

When a non-cycling colleague of mine told me about the route being beautiful, family friendly and worth every pedal stroke, she had my interest. … Read more

Wow Factor Part 2

Here is part 2 in our series from Chris Byrne to help improve your photos!

Subject

The subject matter of a photo needs to be interesting!Although some rides are more scenic than others, there’s always a worthy subject (in addition to the always interesting group of riders!). Inner city graffiti and architecture can be as interesting as coastal and bushland views. It’s just a matter of imagination.

Sometimes there’s a great photo near your coffee stop – don’t be afraid to spend a few minutes to explore. The photo below was quickly snapped around the corner from the Brooklyn Marina coffee stop. … Read more

Bike North Stand at Bobbo

The Bobbin Head Classic on 24 March, is the largest cycling event in Bike North’s area. Lots of members are participating over a variety of distances.

This is also a great opportunity to engage with cyclists and discuss the benefits of becoming a Bike North member. We will be establishing a stand at the event and need volunteers to assist for a few hours on the day. Full details on times are yet to be finalised.

If you can assist on 24 March, please contact Brian Lynne at blynne@iinet.net.au.

Brian Lynne – Secretary … Read more