Summer, the beach and the Mall

Now that our weather is finally becoming like proper summer weather, I have been able to go to Newcastle baths more frequently …and the bikes there! There is either a resurgence of delightful (to me) bikes, or I had been looking in the wrong places before. Adamstown, Hamilton and Kotara are definitely not the places to be! (Note also in the pics above the singularly Novocastrian bike racks with the curly tops that are all over our inner city area, some of them have been painted too.)

Hunter Street Mall, which is well known among locals to be far from being the centre of the business or retail district, is alive with gorgeous bikes parked outside coffee shops …Note the spherical bollard in the above shot, these were placed in the mall when traffic was reintroduced there a few years ago, but cars can only travel at 10kph and only one way. This leads to salmoning among cyclists, but it feels perfectly safe to do so here.

And these shots are just a smattering of what I saw, as I did not wish to be too uncool, racing over to take pics of all the ones I saw ….I attribute this delightfully changed atmosphere in the town centre to Renew Newcastle, which has turned our little town center into another Portland (I hope!)

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4 Responses to Summer, the beach and the Mall

  1. anniebikes says:

    Oooh. I like the basket pannier in the first photo, also the mixte that goes with it. That’s style.

  2. Vicki says:

    Yes I liked that pannier too Annie, and the mixte’s paint job was a shimmery, sparkly blue that does not show up so well in the photo, it is a gorgeous bike.

  3. Marni says:

    I didn’t realise you were behind me taking photos Vicki – thats me in the red & black polka dot dress in that first foto. But don’t look closely at my wheels – not a whisker on your beautiful red bike…but gets me where I need to go 🙂

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Marni, I didn’t identify you in the post in case you wanted to stay anonymous, but now that you have revealed yourself, thanks for all you have done for Newcastle with Renew Newcastle, I cannot sing its praises enough! And thanks for the compliment on my rusty old bike too. I also have a Giant which I find a great ride as well, and very reliable.

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