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Big Rides clicks up 2000Kms

2000Kms of cycling on one day – 7 rides to enjoy – 95 lunches – 1 New Constitution passed unanimously and plenty of worthwhile friendship and fun!

Our Big Rides Days have certainly been popular this year with each one growing in membership involvement. These days don’t happen without the planning and effort of many members. Thanks to all our Rider Leaders for offering a smorgasbord of rides from Little Italy to Gelato indulgence, Looking for Lillies to Rail Trails . . . it was all happening! Rumour has it that the Gelato group were treated to a Gelato by their Ride Leader – that’s setting a high standard Martin! … Read more

New Constitution

After a great deal of work by new Executive Committee member Sarah Gillis, with comments from various members, the new draft Constitution was formally presented to members at the Special General Meeting held on 27 November, 2022 in conjunction with the annual Christmas party and Big Rides Day. The draft had been circulated to all members via Bike North News and email for their consideration weeks before the meeting.

President, Phill Hart, outlined the reasons for the new Constitution, its base being a model constitution prepared by the NSW Department of Fair Trading, modified to suit the operational requirements of Bike North. … Read more

Warringah Freeway Upgrade – “reset consultation” radio interview  

The Warringah Freeway is undergoing a $1bn + upgrade, but Active Transport is suffering.  Under the conditions of consent for the project Transport for NSW must consult with Bike North and Bicycle NSW on Active transport, but they have not been genuine in their “consultation”.  Existing Active transport facilities are being removed and an active transport plan, which was a condition of consent, has not been released.   Minister Stokes has stepped in and demanded that Transport “reset consultation” on the project.   

This was highlighted in a radio interview broadcast on Tuesday’s ‘Afternoons with Josh Szeps‘ on ABC 702.  You can listen to the interview with North Sydney mayor Zoe Baker on the link below (min 15:48 to 29:37).    … Read more

SMH Highlights Cycleway Issue

This week the Sydney Morning Herald included an article that will interest members.

Nigel Gladstone wrote “A billion-dollar freeway upgrade on Sydney’s north shore fails to address the “missing link” in the north shore cycleway and has forced NSW Active Transport Minister Rob Stokes to step in and bring the highway builders back to the negotiating table.”

Click here for the article. … Read more

Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway ramp update- Urgent action needed

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway Ramp has been released. This is a significant step in the project. Members should be aware of the following:   

the REF strongly endorses the project, however, supporters should respond to the call for comment to say they support the project.    The project continues to come under attack and every little piece of support is worthwhile.  closing date for comment is 19 Dec

Click here to see details – https://caportal.com.au/tfnsw/sydney-harbour-bridge-cycleway

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More Cycling Headlines

It seems that cycling is really capturing media attention with another article in the SMH this week regarding the Sydney Harbour Bridge Ramp.

Click here to read this article. … Read 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 bikenorth2122 when you join or renew.  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

Make your booking Now!

Last chance to book a ride AND be fed!

That’s right! If you want a luscious lunch at the end of the ride we need to know NOW!There are still places on most rides for the Big Rides Day with plenty of choice of speed and route. Register here for the ride of your choice. Don’t forget to decorate yourself and/or your bike.

Then following the ride is our Christmas party at Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic ParkHere is the location. Not riding – you still need to register.

Catering

All food and drinks are supplied for this fun day. … Read more

Bike North Spring Classic

Port Stephens 10-13 November 2022

After securing perfect weather, John Williams and sidekick David Vassey offered four days of riding within the Tomaree Peninsula; 17 riders took up the opportunity, plus a few non-riding partners.

Port Stephens from Shoal Bay Heights

Over the four days we rode an organised 135km N.S.E.W. within the Peninsula including Fingal Bay, Shoal Bay, Nelson Bay, Corlette, Salamander Bay, Soldiers Point, Taylors Beach, Anna Bay and One Mile. The roads were mainly flat and sealed, plus lots of bitumen patches; and road sides had swathes of yellow cosmos flowering, kilometre after kilometre.  Our ride leader John, and newly appointed sweep each day kept the riding group safe, and within the riders’ abilities. … Read more

Launch of the Trishaw

A huge crowd of sponsors, riders and residents made the launch of the trishaw a very special event, at the Shalom BaptistCare aged care facility on Monday this week.

At least eight members of Bike North have become trained and certified as ‘pilots’, able to use the trishaw’s modern e-bike to take passengers.

It is a very special experience for the passengers.  Each ride is a gentle loop on paths and quiet roads, lasting about 20 minutes.  Residents love going out into the sunshine and fresh air.  They come back with huge smiles as you can see in this video. … Read more