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Real Insurance SPRING CYCLE invites everyone to ‘ride the Bridge, ride Sydney’ this October

Real Insurance SPRING CYCLE will take place on Sunday 19 October, offering families the unique opportunity to cycle across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Since 1984, Bicycle NSW has been delivering cycling events for Australian’s of all ages and abilities on bikes of all shapes and sizes to showcase Sydney’s growing cycling infrastructure. In 2014 Real Insurance joins as the event’s Principal Partner; with Transport for NSW Major Supporting Partner.

SPRING CYCLE is the only event to ‘ride the bridge’ and in 2014 kids ride free encouraging everyone to dust off their bicycle, join in this celebration of cycling and be reminded to ride more regularly. The NSW Government’s commitment to encouraging more cycling is in response to the proven contribution urban cycling makes in reducing transport congestion, which delivers greater productivity, enhances public health and improves the liveability of cities.

In 2014 riders can choose to participate in one of the three ride options – the 15km Sydney Rides the City, the 55km Polygon Classic Ride and the 100km Challenge Ride.

All riders push off from North Sydney and ride over the main deck of the Harbour Bridge, along the Cahill Expressway taking in the breathtaking views of Sydney harbour and the Sydney Opera House.

Riders continue through the Royal Botanic Gardens into the Rocks and over to Pyrmont for the festival finish at Pirrama Park.

For everyone choosing the 55km or 100km ride, the adventure continues through the picturesque suburbs of the Inner West with a festival finish at Sydney Olympic Park.

City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said SPRING CYCLE was a great opportunity for new riders to see Sydney at its best. “SPRING CYCLE is ideal for new riders and families with children. The 15km ride from North Sydney to Pirrama Park in Pyrmont is safe and simple, and as part of our Sydney Rides Festival we’ll have plenty of entertainment and information on offer for riders of all ages.”

Jon Leighton, Bicycle NSW Board President, said “SPRING CYCLE has captivated NSW and Australia for over 30 years and we are thrilled to have Real Insurance join our partners including Transport for NSW and the City of Sydney. Together we are creating a better environment for cycling by working together to showcase Sydney’s connected cycle ways, the increasing popularity of bike riding and the importance of an active lifestyle. The bicycle is a symbol of freedom around the world and SPRING CYCLE is proud to fundraise for TAD Disability Services Freedom Wheels who customise bikes for children with disabilities. To watch a child unable to walk, to find their mobility and freedom on a bicycle is inspiring”.

SPRING CYCLE announced an impressive line up of Ambassadors who all share the love of bike riding, and a commitment to encourage all Australians to ride regularly. Katie Brown, elite road cyclist; Jayme Richardson, Paralympic bronze medal cyclist; Todd Philpott, Paralympic World Record Handcyclist; the Para-cycling Tandem World Champions and Record Holders Michael Curran and Matt Formston; Sunrise sports reporter Mark Beretta and SBS Cycling Central host Mike Tomalaris.

“Real Insurance, are very proud to be associated with the SPRING CYCLE for 2014. The SPRING CYCLE is a long-standing community event that celebrates participation from all walks of life and promotes healthy living, something that Real Insurance is passionate about. It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family and we look forward to seeing fellow Sydneysiders riding their bikes on the 19th October”, Richard Enthoven, CEO, Hollard Australia Group.

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“The Tour de Rosie”

Bryan Doyle MP finds his regular morning bike ride is just what he needs to face the day as the State Member for Campbelltown, mentally, physically and spiritually.

First bike experience

Back in the 1970s my first bike was a three speed hub geared bike with cruiser handles. With my mates we used . . . → Read More: “The Tour de Rosie”

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Cycling Safety Action Plan Recognises the Rights and Responsibilities of Bicycle Riders

Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay has released the Cycling Safety Action Plan as part of the Governments integrated strategy to reduce annual road deaths and serious injuries by at least 30 per cent by 2021.

The Cycling Safety Action Plan compliments the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan recognizing a range of improvements are required . . . → Read More: Cycling Safety Action Plan Recognises the Rights and Responsibilities of Bicycle Riders

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Join or Renew NOW. Belonging has its benefits!

Membership of Bicycle NSW opens up a world of benefits and experiences for everyone who rides a bike and those who would like to ride, and helps Bicycle NSW to build momentum and volume of voice as we advocate for improved infrastructure, policies and attitudes. Together we can create a better environment for cycling.

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Safety for All is the Priority, Not Bicycle Licensing

In the last two weeks Sydneysiders have witnessed two fatalities and a serious injury as a result of collisions between bicycles and heavy vehicles. These tragic accidents stimulate people’s compassion and calls for action.

The NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay has suggested a licensing system for cyclists, saying “We will look . . . → Read More: Safety for All is the Priority, Not Bicycle Licensing

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UTS Bike Club

BIKESydney attended the launch of the University of Technology Housing Service’s Bike Club in early April. Ella Bothmann-Barlow investigated further.   I’m on my way to chat with Andrew Redgrave about UTS Housing’s newly launched Bike Club. I’d hoped to get myself from my Darlinghurst office to Ultimo on my much-loved bicycle. Instead, I chicken […]

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A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race

Changing Gears

by Greg Foyster

Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas.

Preposterously underprepared, they are propelled by the inspiring and eccentric characters they meet . . . → Read More: A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race

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Australia’s Rich Cycling History

  The next in our series of BRAINSTRUST SEMINARS Australia’s Rich Cycling History by Jim Fitzpatrick Did you know that Australia once had the largest bicycle path network in the world? or that Australian soldiers were at the forefront of the first significant wartime use of the bicycle? Or that at one time, the world’s […]

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Share the road, don’t hog it!

As the BNSW Representative on the Warringah Traffic Committee, I was involved in a lively discussion at its February meeting, regarding cycling on McCarrs Creek Rd and Liberator General San Martin Drive.

For those unfamiliar with these roads, the former runs from Church Point Wharf through Ku-ring-gai NP, to Mona Vale Rd at Terrey . . . → Read More: Share the road, don’t hog it!

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Update on Rail Trails for New South Wales

As reported in Push On in January, the official launch of Rail Trails for NSW on the 26th of March in NSW Parliament House, Sydney, is progressing very well indeed thanks to the enthusiasm of supporters and guests. We have received RSVPs from several State members, including two Ministers, as well as positive . . . → Read More: Update on Rail Trails for New South Wales

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