Monday, November 22, 2010

Critical Mass Friday 3 December 2010- December theme: Car road toll carnage

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*** Critical Mass Friday 3 December 2010- December theme: Car road toll carnage ***
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From Marte Kinder:
Christ Mass - December Critical Mass Newcastle Australia


Date: Friday 3 December 2010
Time: assemble from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
Place: Civic Park, opposite the Town Hall, King Street, Newcastle, Australia

Celebrate cycling and all its positive aspects. Claim your right to the road. We are traffic! Bring your bike, your helmet, your lights, a noisemaker and your friends. The ride is usually followed by a drink or a meal (or both) and you can chat with your fellow cyclists about cycling activism. You can even help plan the next World Naked Bike Ride.

Special theme is: Christmas car road toll carnage
Deaths and injuries to pedestrians and cyclists are caused by motorised vehicles.
http://www.infrastr ucture.gov. au/roads/ safety/publicati ons/2006/ pdf/death_ cyclists_ road.pdf

Worldwide it was estimated that 1.2 million people were killed and 50 million more were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2004. We need a peaceful and gentler world which includes our roads.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology_of_motor_vehicle_collisions

Gung Ho
Means "Working Together" in Mandarin. It has come to mean boundless enthusiasm and application.
Please be inspired to be Gung Ho about Critical Mass!

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf#!/event.php?eid=156771811033 438


Critical Mass - Newcastle
Date: 1st Friday of every Month
Time: assemble from 5:30pm onwards for a 6pm start
Place: Civic Park, opposite Town Hall, King St, Newcastle NSW Australia
Bring: your bike, helmet and lights (it may be dark when you are going home).
Web : http://criticalmass.wikia.com/wiki/Newcastle_NSW

Celebrate cycling and all its positive aspects. Claim your right to the road. We are traffic! Bring your bike, your helmet, your lights, a noisemaker and your friends. Join us to demonstrate the need for a network of safe cycle routes!


Critical Mass (Global bike ride: Celebrate Cycling & its virtues[1])
Assert our right to ride on roads, and not in the car door opening death “lanes”.
Grassroots, sustainable bike culture in action!
We will ride around handing out info flyers to the community.
This is the only monthly safe, sustainable bike ride in Newcastle : We don't encourage cycling in the car door opening death lane. It's not very syustainable to ride in car door opening death lane for too long, eventually you will get hit by an opening door. See "*** Stop cars annoying you - some riding in traffic advice ***" for more info.

Meet people, share skills, make new friends.
Unsponsored and unaffiliated, Critical Mass is an intentional community
in motion, one that brings life back to the car dominated streets of our
fabulous city. Critical Mass is Pollution Free Traffic, Safety in Numbers,
Party on Wheels. Ride daily; celebrate monthly! Critical Mass.

Working bikes for participants:
The NBEC gives away 1 working bike for each critical mass bike ride.
When you complete the ride you get your "deposit" refunded.

Themes:
Jan- Healthy is happy
Feb- Animal road kill
Mar- Consumerism Kills
Apl- Wars for Oil
May- Climate Change
Jne- Urban sprawl
Jly- Clean air
Aug- More roads, more cars, more death
Spt- Bloomin' Bike Ride (Bikes are life)
Oct- Ladies Ride (Helmets for car driver!)
Nov- Car door opening death bike lanes
Dec- Car road toll carnage

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bike Love Fest 2010 - Newcastle's own Push-bike festival

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Bike Love Fest
30 September - 4 October 2010
http://wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/index.php?title=Newcastle_Bike_Love_Corral

Bike Love Fest
Newcastle's own Push-bike festival will celebrate bike culture with many diverse activities this October long weekend. As well as the usual Newcastle bike culture events on every week, all year round, more events have been organised for bike lovers!

EVENTS SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY 30 Sept:
• Bike Love Fest Events Bike Library (Pick-up or fix bike time)
Location: Newcastle Bike-Ecology Centre. Time: from 9am to 12pm and 4pm to 6pm. The Bike Love Fest Events Bike Library is for bike lovers who need to borrow a bike to join in the Bike Love Fest activities. We want you to look after the bike you borrow and join in the Bike Love Fest events, so a "deposit" applies. To get your "deposit" back you need to return the bike in no worse condition than when you borrowed it plus you can collect special Bike Love Tokens distributed at the Bike Love Events. The more Bike Love Fest Events you attend the more Bike Love Tokens you will collect and the less you pay - attend enough events then it's FREE!
Bike Love Fest Events Bike Library
Bike deposit starts at $100 and is fully refunded if you attend 5 or more Bike Love Fest Events. If you attend less than 5 then $10 will be deducted for each missed event. You get at least $50 of your deposit returned if you return the bike in no worse condition than when you borrowed it and attend no events. If you look after the bike and join in the bike fun - then it’s effectively FREE! A similar deposit applies if you are fixing up a bike to have during the festival (this is to minimise the dumping of bikes around the CBD of Newcastle which has happened in previous years).

• EVENT : Fast Training ride with Newcastle University Bicycle User Group
Meet at Adamstown end of Fernleigh Track at 2pm. It's an opportunity to go for a quick ride out of the traffic. Expect speeds about 30km/hour, and doing so the ride should take about 50 minutes. This is only for cyclists who can keep that pace, because waiting for slow riders defeats the purpose of a training ride.

FRIDAY 1 Oct:
• Bike Love Fest Events Bike Library (Pick-up, return or fix bikes)
Location: Newcastle Bike-Ecology Centre,. Time: from 9am to 5pm
• EVENT : Critical Mass Bike Ride (Global Ride Celebrating Cycling)
Assert our right to ride on roads and not in the car door death lane. Bring lights. criticalmass.wikia.com/wiki/ Start Civic Park 6pm. Speed will be as fast as the slowest person
• EVENT : Bike Dinner
following the Critical Mass Bike Ride at local eatery 8pm. Bring your bike, lights, lock & money.

SATURDAY 2 Oct:
• EVENT : Saturday Morning: "Saturday Social Saunter"
Newcastle Cycleways Movement Inc. ride Distance: ~ one hour; Average speed 15-20kph. Starts at 8am from Stewart Ave Railway Crossing, Newcastle West. Easy ride, suitable for beginners/new members. An excellent opportunity to start/get back to cycling and meet some new people.
• Bike Love Fest Events Bike Library (Pick-up, return or fix bikes)
Location: Newcastle Bike-Ecology Centre,. Time: from 9am to 2pm
• EVENT : Promotional Ride for World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR)
WNBR is a global naked or clothed legal bike protest ride. This is a semi-naked promotional ride, so wear at least minimums: Ride starts at Location: Newcastle Bike-Ecology Centre. Time: 3pm. Ride speed will be as fast as the slowest person. Body painting & bike decorating from 2pm to 3pm. Bring swimmers and towel.
Peacefully expose the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of cars, aggression, consumerism and non-renewable energy. Oz rides in March. australia.worldnakedbikeride.org
• EVENT : Bike Dinner for the WNBRiders
Following the Promotional Ride for World Naked Bike Ride, riders will be taken to the beach to wash the body paint off then on to a local eatery for a group meal. Bring lights, some money and a bike lock.

SUNDAY 3 Oct:
• EVENT : Amy's Bake-off Beach Bike Ride:
Starts at Location: Newcastle Bike-Ecology Centre. Time: 11am. (Remember daylight saving!) Visit the best beaches in the world, by bike. Ride speed will be as fast as the slowest person. Bring as much home-made baked goods as you can to share around at the end of the ride. You can also bring a picnic lunch or similar.
• EVENT : Bike Polo
Meet at Centennial Park, Tooke St, Cooks Hill at 1:30pm From 2pm to 3pm the games will be on. The Newcastle Gentlemen's Bike Polo Club will bring their equipment. Bring your own too if you desire.
• EVENT : Bike Love Fest Events Bike Library (Returning bikes time)
At Location : Newcastle Bike-Ecology Centre. Time: from 4pm to 6pm
• EVENT : Bike Culture Films
Location: Croatian Wickham Sports Club, Wickham Park, Albert St Wickham. Time: 7pm. The premises are licensed and all ages. Please show your appreciation for the use of the Croation Club for our film night by purchasing beverages at the bar! Featuring local and global films and documentaries. Bring some money, a bike lock and lights for the trip home.

MONDAY 4 Oct:
• EVENT : Newie's Fabulous Foreshore Ride (11am to 12pm)
A family friendly bike ride for the public holiday. Meet on the Western side of Cowper St bridge (Carrington Bridge), Wickham. Ride the shared pedestrian cycleway to Nobbys beach crossing no main roads.
• EVENT : Bike games in Centennial Park from 2pm to 4pm
Join in games, or teach us some new ones. Slow races, tips and more!
• EVENT : Bike Love Fest Events Bike Library (Returning bikes time)
Location Newcastle Bike-Ecology Centre. Time: from 4pm to 6pm

EVERYDAY:
• EVENT : Share the Love!
Do you have an idea for a bike cultural event / fun bike activity? Add your event idea to the Bike Love Fest notice board at Bike Love Fest Events Bike Library (at Newcastle Bike-Ecology Centre) with adequate notice and see other bike lovers join in with you. It could be a ride, a game, a costume parade, a debate - anything as long as bikes, cycling and having fun with other cyclists is integral.

Bike Love Fest partners are:
Critical Mass Global Ride Celebrating Cycling. Assert our right to ride on roads and not in the car door death lane.
criticalmass.wikia.com/wiki/

Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre Community volunteer bike help concept offering free bikes / help all year round Fri / Sat Sustainable Bike Culture hub of Newcastle.
newcastlebikeecologycentre.blogspot.com

Newcastle Cycleways Movement Inc. Work with Government bodies to improve bicycle facilities & promote the safe responsible use of bicycles for transport, leisure & fitness.
users.hunterlink.net.au/~magsb

University of Newcastle Bicycle User's Group Cycling advocacy group, which seeks to promote cycling for fun, sport and transport. They have events, advocacy, rides, etc. nubug.org

World Naked Bike Ride Peacefully expose the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of cars, aggression, consumerism and non-renewable energy. (Naked or clothed legal bike protest)
australia.worldnakedbikeride.org

Bike Love Corral website
wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/index.php?title=Newcastle_Bike_Love_Corral

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

World Protest Bike Ride Newcastle- Sunday 14 March 2010

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World Naked Bike Ride Australia 2010

Newcastle:
Date: Sunday 14 March 2010
Time: 5pm
Location: Civic Park, opposite Newcastle Town Hall
Ride details
Newcastle will ride on Sunday the 14th March 2010. Assembly location is Civic Park, opposite the Newcastle Town Hall (the same as Critical Mass) and time is 5pm so please bring your bike lights.
It is usual practice that visitors from out-of-town can be helped with the loan of a bike on the day. Body painting is optional (though encouraged) so you can write slogans and protest messages that tell the public what the ride is about. Peace signs, hearts and flowers are always in theme. Body painting will place at a secret private location and this works well. The ride will include a party (before or after the ride) at a venue to be determined which will feature music, BBQ and vegan food and beer.

The official Southern Hemisphere World Naked Bike Ride date is Saturday the 13th of March 2010 and Sydney will ride on that date. Keen riders could participate in both cities.

For more details see:
http://wiki. worldnakedbikeri de.org/index. php?title= Newcastle
You can also download the flyer and poster for the event from that website and we really appreciate if you can print, distribute and post these to encourage participation in the event.
Facebook group: http://www.facebook .com/group. php?gid=18181494 080
Facebook event: http://www.facebook .com/event. php?eid=13763895 1594&ref= ts
World Naked Bike Ride Australia 2010
Peacefully expose the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of cars, aggression, consumerism and non-renewable energy.

At least 7 Australian towns and cities will participate in the next southern hemisphere leg of the World Naked Bike Ride in March 2010. The official southern hemisphere ride date is Saturday the 13th of March 2010.
The dates and locations are:

Saturday the 6th of March 2010: Nimbin.
Sunday the 7th of March 2010: Byron Bay.
Saturday the 13th of March 2010: Sydney and Adelaide.
Sunday the 14th of March 2010: Newcastle.
Sunday the 21st of March 2010: Canberra and Melbourne.
Ballarat has a WNBR Organiser who has volunteered in late 2009. They plan to hold the first WNBR in Ballarat in 2011 to do justice to the planning, organisation and pubicity.
Check website for details: http://australia. worldnakedbikeri de.org/ or follow the links to the towns cities webpage on this wiki website.
Other cities across the world will also host rides as part of the southern hemisphere leg of WNBR's global movement, including Lima (Peru), Golden Bay (New Zealand), Sao Paulo and Brasília (Brazil). Riders in some northern hemisphere locations (such as Brighton UK) ride in solidarity with the southern riders.
The World Naked Bike Ride is an annual clothing optional protest ride for Naturism, Environmentalism, Peace and the rights of cyclists to use the road safely.
The ride is not a race and goes at an easy recreational pace. An element of competition between cyclists is present only in respect of how bizarrely they can decorate their bodies with paint, slogans and bits of costume. Many riders paint their bodies with peace signs, hearts and flowers.
The dress code for the ride is "Go as bare as you dare"! Nudity is not compulsory. It is not a ride promoting overtly sexual behaviour in public.
It is a very hippie and green event.
Many problems beset the world:
There is a need for people to hold a body positive image. A lot of people have hang ups about the human body and can not distinguish between non-sexual nudity and pornography. People are living creatures and part of nature, not superior or detached from it. Shame or disgust of human bodies, it all their colours, shapes and sizes is a form of prejudice.
Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and mineral oil) causes environmental damage including climate change, air pollution, acid rain and water pollution. The destruction of our natural environment threatens all living things with extinction. We face the carbon-induced nemesis of nature.
Without using nuclear fuels (uranium, plutonium) nuclear accidents, nuclear weapons, depleted uranium tipped weapons and nuclear contamination would not exist. Exposure to nuclear radiation causes cancer, genetic mutations and death. Nuclear material remains radioactive virtually forever.
Health Problems including asthma and respiratory illnesses occur partly because of the pollution caused by burning fossil fuels. Obesity, diabetes and lack of exercise come from our sedentary car-addicted lifestyles.
We see violence everyday because of the fraudulent wars fought over oil, road rage and deaths and injuries to pedestrians and cyclists from motorised vehicles. Worldwide it was estimated that 1.2 million people were killed and 50 million more were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2004. We need a peaceful and gentler world which includes our roads.
For a future to exist for tomorrow's generations, we must stop exploiting mineral energy, stop polluting the Earth, stop fighting and killing in the name of consumerist wealth accumulation and learn to love and respect all life, and to continue to spread this message.
The World Naked Bike Ride Mission Statement
Peacefully expose the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of cars, aggression, consumerism and non-renewable energy.
World Naked Bike Ride History
Manifestación Ciclonudista Mundial began in Spain in 2001 and the WNBR grew from that protest which takes the form of a naked bike ride. Since then, the WNBR has spread to over 50 cites in about 20 countries with the participation of thousands of riders. Because of differing climates, the WNBR is conducted in two legs. The Southern hemisphere WNBR occurs on the second Saturday of March and has included Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and cities in Florida (USA) where the weather is comfortable at that time of year. Eugene in Oregan, USA and Brighton in the UK have braved the winter weather to ride on the Southern hemisphere date. The Northern hemisphere WNBR is much larger, both in terms of number of rides and participants with some rides like Portland, Oregan alone getting about 5000 riders in 2009. WNBR is most popular in Europe and North America.
WNBR Australian History
There is a story that Australia participated in the first WNBR on 12 June 2004. Six naked bike riders (4 men and two women), led by Luke and Kathy, are supposed to have rode from Tweed Heads to Bilambil through the countryside. There are no known photographs of the ride and Luke and Kathy have lost contact with the rest of the WNBR. Did it really happen?
In 2005 Marte Kinder organised the first WNBR in Australia that not only went through a city, but was photographed and witnessed. Marte founded the movement in Australia and has since built the organisation in terms of riders and rides around Australia by recruiting participants and Organisers in various cities and towns.
Everyone is very welcome to participate or help organise! I have not seen any photos of past events where riders are not grinning and laughing their heads off. WNBR is terrific fun! Why not have a go?
To find out more, go to http://australia. worldnakedbikeri de.org/ If you do not have a computer or internet connection you could use an internet café or public libraries´ computers.
If people in Australia are interested in attending a WNBR event in Australia, please have a look at the website first. Also, if you live anywhere where there is no WNBR planned, you are welcome to organise one yourself and you will get supportive and friendly help from the Australian Co-ordinator. It is pretty easy to do and a very rewarding experience. The WNBR Worldwide site http://www.worldnak edbikeride. org/ has reference pages with tips for people to use when organising. It will happen if you help make it happen!
What does it cost?
Nothing. There are no fees involved at all. There are no forms to fill in. There is no registration and we do not want to collect people´s personal details.
WNBR is loads of fun and a consciousness expanding, giggle festival. You could help save the world or at least die laughing while trying.



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*** Welcome to the Newcastle University Bicycle Users' Group (NUBUG). ***---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tom Marshall invites you to join a new club:

The Newcastle University Bicycle Users' Group (NUBUG).

Tom writes:
"Facilities Management wants to improve cycling infrastructure for staff and students, but wants recommendations from cyclists first. To gather opinions and advocate cycling in a representative manner, I am setting up a bicycle users' group to exist as a NUSA-affiliated club, which will facilitate meetings and other communication in order to work collectively with the university.

By improving the cycling facilities, I mean specifically lobbying the university, Newcastle City Council and RailCorp for cycle paths separate from both roads and footpaths. We are also looking to have more bike racks and showers built at uni, in a co-ordinated manner. Our aim is to make cycling safer and more comfortable for those who already ride, and in doing so, encourage others to cycle to uni. This is a product of a NUSA enviro campaign I have been helping to run this year, which involves the free bike workshop at NUSA on Thursdays, called the Bike Love Corral."