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November 1, 2005

bicycle day

Filed under: advocacy, Events, General Stuff, rants — schmadzie @ 9:15 pm

adam always want hyperlinks and pictures but i am a prose man. hyperlinks and pictures are great but i am so computer illiterate it takes me an hour and a half just find a suitable picture and then transfer it so you can see it.
CAPS LOCK BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH A SWEET IDEA
I HAD THIS GREAT IDEA ON SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE SHOWER. AN OUTSIDE BICYCLE MAINTENANCE DAY ONCE A MONTH WHERE WE HAVE SOME STRUCTURE FOR 1-2 HOURS WHERE PEOPLE CAN LEARN BASIC BICYCLE REPAIR STUFF, TUBE CHANGE, BRAKE ADJUSTMENT AND THEN IN THE AFTERNOON FREE BIKE REPAIR FOR THE CATS WHO BRING THEIR BIKES ALONG. I PICTURED A BUNCH OF ADULTS AND KIDS BRINGING THEIR PUSHBIKES TO GET A BIT OF WORK DONE FOR NOTHING OR DONATION.

I FIGURED SOMEWHERE LIKE PRINCE ALFRED PARK IN REDFERN WOULD BE PERTINENT GIVEN THE CURRENT MOVE TO ELIMINATE BICYCLE ACCESS. WE COULD ACCOMPANY THE BICYCLE THEME WITH A SWEET VEGAN BARBECUE, PAULA IS ITCHING TO SORT THE BARBECUE OUT. WE COULD HAVE MUSIC, ALL BUGS ARE INVITED.

I THINK THE IMPETUS FOR THIS IDEA WAS RIDING A WONDERFULLY THERAPEUTIC AND RELAXED CRITICAL MASS LAST FRIDAY. I REALISED HOW MANY CYCLISTS SEEB CYCLING AS A SPORT AND DRIVE A CAR WHEN THEY ARE NOT TRAINING OR RACING AND FURTHER STILL HOW MANY CYCLISTS, RACING OR OTHERWISE PROBABLY DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT CRTITICAL MASS IS.

PEOPLE WHO ALREADY USE THEIR BIKE AS TRANSPORT NEED TO BE FOCUSSED ON I THINK, THEY ARE WHO STAND TO BENEFIT FROM INCREASED FACILITIES.
THE OTHER THING THAT STRUCK ME WAS HOW UNINVOLVED BICYCLE SHOPS ARE IN HOW BICYCLE USERS END UP EXPERIENCING THE USE OF THEIR BIKE AS TRANSPORT, THE COMPLACENCY WITH WHICH SHOPS TREAT THEIR CUSTOMERS RATHER THAN TRYING TO IMPROVE THEIR EXPERIENCE.
ANOTHER POOR ARTICULATION BUT MAYEB YOU GET MY DRIFT, I AM NOT SAYING WE ARE NOT THE SAME, JUST THE LACK OF SHOP EMPLOYEES OR OWNERS AT AN ESTABLISHED EVENT LIKE CRITICAL MASS IS DAMNING IN A LOT WAYS
SAFE RIDING
DAVID
caps lock has been retired until my next genius plan, hangtight for bicyle day dates, i hope to have one before christmas

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12 Comments »

  1. some good ideas flowing out of that head of yours Dave. I wish I could commute to work every day but being everywhere from jervis to grafton makes it kind of hard.. But certainly inner city folk need to wake up in the morning to the buzz of a brisk ride rather than a syrup-y coffee and a cancer stick. I’ll drop by for a yarn when my new frame is on the road!!

    Comment by Anonymous — November 1, 2005 @ 9:54 pm

  2. I like the idea of collecting all the old bikes that people keep under the house to get rusty and forgotten until the next big council clean up and putting them together as a grab and go Denmark style system. Like the locked shopping trolley idea, A bunch or single speed machines to use as you please then leave at a “station” for the next user. Or at least hand them out to less fortunate kids to get them into the joys of riding..

    Comment by timmay — November 1, 2005 @ 9:59 pm

  3. oh and the other idea I had was after your talking about riding with the bub on board in traffic and us talking in canberra about frame building and new ideas or custom commuter ideas, was a CroMo tube capsule around your prescious load, a little like a roll cage in race cars, just some form of protective barrier if something were to happen

    Comment by timmay — November 1, 2005 @ 10:03 pm

  4. Like the bike maintenance idea. Also in general, great blog, top work, makes me nostalgic for my youf spent trying to outrun buses on Broadway. Bike transport is (relatively) well served here in Canberra but you’re right about bike shops’ involvement. Cheers!

    Comment by mitchell — November 2, 2005 @ 8:22 pm

  5. Some fantastic ideas here, particularly BikeDay. I have recently discovered Cheeky Transport. Your attitude, and enthusiasm will keep me coming back. 3 Cheers Cheeky Monkey.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 3, 2005 @ 8:44 am

  6. the bikes of most racing cyclist are abou as eco-friendly as a tennis racquet… weekend sport use only.
    they’re missing the chance to be in the vanguard of an environmental and socio-cultural revolution yet they view commuters a kooks…
    I’m glad cheeky split the shop and got the roadies out to randwick!

    Comment by R. Sblasterman — November 3, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

  7. Carbon is the building block of life as well as any good road bike. Therefore it must be eco-friendly, just like any tennies racquet unless its an old skool one made of wood which wouldn’t be eco friendly.
    The Bird

    Comment by Anonymous — November 4, 2005 @ 4:29 pm

  8. except for the fact that carbon fibre and other strong/light materials Aramid/Kevlar)are made from petrochemicals and bonded using all types of nasties. Steel is the material of any GOOD bike but is also bad in terms of extraction from the earth, Aluminium is by far the worst material for raping and pillaging resources. Get real go steel!

    Comment by timmay — November 4, 2005 @ 6:22 pm

  9. Hey Dave,

    Big respect for the bike-repair-class idea. For schmucks like me who want to be able to tour with some knowledge of bike repair if something goes awry, the class would be awesome. I reckon getting parents and kiddies out there playing with bikes would also be a great way to get people back out there on their old clunkers too.

    Keep up the good work lads!

    Comment by Daniel — November 7, 2005 @ 1:29 pm

  10. I’d love to help out on the Redfern bike clinic…put brakes on those kids bikes; get em roadworthy…seriously i reckon this might have saved TJ’s life.

    not that you’d read about it

    Comment by Paddy — November 8, 2005 @ 9:55 pm

  11. Dave,

    sounds like a great idea. I’d be keen to help out… er with the BBQ!

    jo X

    Comment by Anonymous — November 11, 2005 @ 9:28 am

  12. dear cheeky monkeys

    love your name
    i was wondering how i might be able to get my hands on a hat or shirt and stickers.
    i acquired one in san francisco from a messenger who traveled to sydney to the cmwc this year(i couldnt make it) and would like to get some goodies!
    thanks
    larry

    Comment by larry morris — November 21, 2006 @ 1:17 pm


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