February 2011

Sunday 20 February: BIKESydney Brunch Ride – Homebush West for Vietnamese
Our inaugural Sunday Brunch Ride left the Hub at Newtown at 9am and wound west to Sydney Olympic Park and then to Homebush West to sample some fine Vietnamese cuisine. Total ride distance was about 20 km mostly back streets and bike paths.

Sunday 20 February: Bike Valet Parking at Mardi Gras Fair
We provided a bike valet service at the Mardi Gras Fair in Victoria Park and parked nearly 100 bikes. It was a hot, dusty and colourful day.

Saturday 19 Febraury: Bicycle NSW Council Meeting
Elaena Gardner represented  BIKESydney at the BNSW Council meeting. This was the Council’s first meeting face-to-face; meetings are usually conducted by telephone conference. As a result of the meeting members of the Council will be: surveying candidates for the upcoming state election on their attitude to policies, projects and budgets to encourage cycling as transport; developing a policy to promote a consistent approach to road markings across the state; and developing an online resource that will help new and established bicycle user groups with administration, running rides and developing campaigns. Elaena ran a short introduction to Google Docs for participants and the group will be using this system for future collaborative projects.

Bicycle NSW provided an excellent media training session  for participants as well as the conference room and much appreciated refreshments.

Friday 18 Febraury: Ride the City: Sydney Launches
Ride the City Sydney, an online route finding service, has just launched in Sydney. The system uses bike routing data from Open Street Map (OSM), the volunteer effort to map the world.

Volunteers from BIKESydney and other Bike User Groups have helped prepare the Sydney data on OSM but there’s still much work to do and we hope that everyone might consider doing a bit of work to improve the map in their own neighborhood.

Having just launched Ride the City in Sydney, there will inevitably be missing bike routes on the map. But as with other cities, as users provide feedback and add information to the map, the routing will improve.

Ride the City have put together a short video to walk through a few of the features of Ride the City and to show you how to edit OSM so that bike lanes and paths in your local neighborhoods can be shown correctly on the map.

Friday 18 Febraury: Inner West Light Rail Extension Project Approved
The Minister for Planning granted approval for the construction of the Inner West Light Rail Extension and Greenway. The approval enables design and construction work to commence in 2011, with the new extension to the Inner West up and running in 2012.

The first phase in the delivery of the project will be the design and construction of the GreenWay from Marion Street, Leichhardt to the existing bike network at Lilyfield Road.

The Project Team is available to respond to any queries or feedback you may have about the project. Please contact the toll free project phone line on 1800 636 910 or email lightrail@transport.nsw.gov.au. Further information is also available at www.transport.nsw.gov.au.

Tuesday 8 February: BIKESydney Twilight Ride – Moonlight Cinema
In February, the BikeSydney Twilight ride hooked up with Sydney Chic’s expedition to the Moonlight Cinema screening of Gainsbourg.


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