Tag Archives: street cyclist

Spring riding

I thought I was going to escape the jerks this spring, as the vast majority of drivers are wonderfully polite, but unfortunately they are around, as I found out this last week. I had an encounter with a large 4WD … Continue reading

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Checklist for women buying a new city bike

I have a friend who is thinking of buying a new bike for riding around the city. She had been riding an old mountain bike and wanted to upgrade to something more suitable for her. I sent her the following checklist … Continue reading

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Placemaking: Hunter Street Mall

Hunter Street Mall is perhaps the best example of place making in Newcastle. It has evolved organically over decades via a curious mixture of circumstances. A bit of a recap: the Mall was created from a few blocks of eastern … Continue reading

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Helmets

With the Velo City Global conference having been held in Adelaide recently, the mandatory helmet law (MHL) debate has been reignited here, promoted no doubt by Mikael Colville-Anderson’s declaration that he would not ride here with a helmet when he … Continue reading

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Driving in Newcastle

Due to recent illness I needed to drive to do some  errands which I would usually ride to do. So I found myself driving round town during perfect autumn cycling weather. As I was driving through areas which I would … Continue reading

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Riding Beaumont Street

Riding Beaumont Street recently as the rail gates came up, the already busy mix of cars, bikes and pedestrians becomes more intense with the addition of alighting passengers. I cross the tracks, subtly altering my line of riding to make way … Continue reading

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The perfect pants for bike riding

I have seen several young women wearing these drop-crotch, loose, long pants around town when riding their bikes, and they struck me as being the perfect pants for bike riding, especially in summer. The pants billow out, sail like, and … Continue reading

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The true cost of cycling

Everyone knows that cycling is much cheaper than using a car. Not only are the initial purchase costs far less, the ongoing running costs of cycling are negligible in comparison to running a car. What is not always considered, are … Continue reading

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Are cyclists the new breed of disadvantaged?

I have noticed a new terminology emerging in the world of cycling, and indeed, in some instances I have started using it myself (and will continue to use it). Instead of referring to cyclists as such, we refer to “people … Continue reading

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Bike as a second home?

Occasionally, I see a bike which appears to be the second home for the person riding it. It does not happen very often, but yesterday I was treated to such a sight in Hamilton.This elderly man was cycling along, slowly … Continue reading

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