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!)