Monday, August 10, 2015

Faster Roads and Transport Systems (FRTS) for Newcastle (A campaign to unite us all)

Do you want:
1. Less traffic congestion so you get places faster, and arrive happier without the road rage?
2. More frequent public transport that gets more people on buses/trains, so less traffic congestion ?
3. Better, safer access for pedestrians and bicyclists, encouraging people to switch from car use ?
4. Shops, school, work, recreation places closer, so you can get there faster?
5. The future Newcastle not to become the sprawling and traffic congested city like Sydney?


We must all unite for a better Newcastle (and the Hunter).  No longer is it motorists vs Save our Rail, etc, and the other petty arguing and road rage.  We are all people and we are all pedestrians and only when we unite in a common campaign will we get the whole system fixed for us all.


But it is impossible for all of us to agree?
This is nonsense.  We all agree on the 5 points above.  Let us just use world's best practice of other cities to better Newcastle.  There is no magic bullet, one thing that fixes our transport.  So we all need to push for the complete solution.  If you are only worried about peak hour traffic at 8:30am around the Uni, you may think lobbying the Uni to start all lectures at 10am will fix your problem.  But you move house and have other bottlenecks to deal with.  One campaign to fix the whole of Newcastle.  Simple.  The local councils, State government and Uni are not working together for a Faster Roads and Transport System for all people of Newcastle.  They have separate road plans, parking plans, bus plans, train plans, bicycle network plans, highway plans, urban development plans that frequently fight against each other.  A complete encompassing plan is needed for Newcastle.  You can't separate out things because they are interrelated.   So motorists that will never take the bus need to call for more frequent buses.  People that take the bus need to call for a safe pushbike cycle system (away from main roads).  Pushbike cyclists need to call for higher speed limits on improved main roads.


A highly visible campaign, to engage everyone is needed to grow support.
We call for :
1. Less traffic congestion
2. More frequent public transport
3. Better, safer access for pedestrians and bicyclists
4. Shops, school, work, recreation places closer to homes
5. The future Newcastle not to become the sprawling and traffic congested city like Sydney

Sunday, August 11, 2013

WEBSITE CONTENTS and membership

*** Summary ****** Bike Love Corral Membership and Petition for Safer Cycling ***
*** Critical Mass bike ride - 1st Friday every month:
 Show your support for a safe active transport network. ***
*** Safe Cycling tips AND Solving all your Cycling complaints ***
*** Bike Love Corral : Become a member for many benefits ***
*** Stop cars annoying you with more cycling hints ***
*** Newcastle Cycleways Movement (NCM) meeting, rides ***
*** Other Newcastle Free/Cheap sustainable stuff  ***
*** Conclusion ***

*** Bike Love Corral Membership and Petition for Safer Cycling ***

Goto BikeLoveCorral.blogspot.com for membership

Top 3 mistakes Newcastle cyclists make.
1: On Newcastle roads wherever there is a bike picture on the road do not cycle over the top of it.  For your safety you should usually cycle just to the right of it (NSW Road Rules 153, 144 & 247 advise to ride the safe way (usually 1.5m away from parked cars) RTA.nsw.gov.au.
2: Seat is too low causing knees to hurt and slower cycling
3: Leg rotation too slow causing you to tire quickly