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Blog Change update if you can

Hi guys thanks to everyone who has viewed, commented and helped with my wordpress blog. I have now decided to move the blog to a hosted service this is mainly due to the restrictions placed on us by wordpress.com. WordPress have been so so awesome and I am sticking with them but mentioned on my own server.

I would be so greatful and happy to see all you guys update your rss feeds and blogrolls to the new address of www.cyclingaddict.com which is already live and had the posts imported.

You can also add to your technorati favs as well

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I am also really wanting people to help me out with the blog and become contributors by reviewing products they have bought or just post about there cycling experiences.

Have a great weekend

Craig

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Letters from Daily Newspapers re Cyclist Registration

Bicycle registration is a weighty issue – about eight kilograms, in fact

I object to Pat Farmer’s ill-informed call for a bike levy (“Cyclists should pay, says MP”, February 8). Like many cyclists, I also own a car. Despite choosing to cycle to work, I pay rego for a minimally used vehicle, helping to pay for roads on which Farmer can waste no end of natural resources driving from Mosman to Campbelltown. Instead, I suggest Farmer pays an extra levy for speaking without thinking.

Briony Bowman Marrickville

So cyclists “saved more than $82 million in public health costs, almost $64 million in traffic congestion-related costs and $9 million in greenhouse gas-related costs”. I reckon the Government should pay us. Continue reading



Cyclists should pay, says MP

BICYCLE riders should pay registration fees to help legitimise their place on the roads and pay for infrastructure and safety campaigns, says the Federal Opposition spokesman on sports, Pat Farmer.

His plan has received a mixed response from bicycle lobby groups. It is less than a month since the NRMA questioned spending taxpayer dollars on barely used cycle paths. Continue reading



$500 million Green Car Innovation Fund

The Greens Mark Parnell is asking the Rudd government to bring
forward its promised $500 million Green Car Innovation Fund.

Unfortunately hybrids, alternative fuel and diesel vehicles still
emit greenhouse gases. The mining, manufacture and transport of raw
materials, components and finished vehicles also involves
considerable environmental damage.

Green cars do not solve obesity, traffic congestion or road rage.

Wouldn’t $500 million go a long way to kick starting an Australian
cycle industry?

Over a million bikes sell here every year, almost all imported. Five
dollars per bike would be a minimal investment to constructively
employ some of the skilled labour retrenched from the car industry.

Talk to your local MPs.



Bike levy ‘idiotic’

Macarthur Bicycle Users Group leader Ken Hall says Macarthur MP Pat Farmer’s new proposal is “the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard”.Mr Farmer wants to introduce bike levies and on-road costs for cyclists.

He wants every rider on the roads to pay a registration fee.

“For far too long motorists have said I pay my registration fees to use the roads and cyclists get on having paid nothing for the privilege and slow me down,” Mr Farmer said. Continue reading



Kona Smoke


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Originally uploaded by craigdurkee

Ok I have for some reason decided to get another bike, can you have to many….. I dont think so.

This is a weird one as I have a road bike and a commuter/touring bike already. I couldn’t really leave it there for the a$300 asking price. It is a Kona Smoke 06 model hence the price. Its built like a tank and thus weighs about the same as one as well but I love it. It’s amazingly relaxed to ride very upright position and asorbs the bumps like there not even there.

I am going to be using this for commuting in the winter and also for the great bike paths and rail trails that Victoria and Australia in general have to offer.

I am also going away this week on a weeks camping trips, taking the bikes of course so this will be a good first outing for it. Of course I’ll post a review when I have done some riding on it.



How are the bicycle tracks in your area

Guys How are the bike tracks in your area, the Melbourne one that I did today fell well short of my expectation not because of the tracks themselves, which I actually thought were awesome but there massive lack of signage that prevented me from really finishing the ride properly.

The track from Melbourne to Jells Park is around 30km and the signage at many points vary from overload no nothing.  I had to go off the track on the way there and the return journey due to lack of signs.  If I had been doing this with children I would have been very upset and been unable to complete the journey as the roads would have been far to busy.

Plus alot of the roads that I had to detour on were very challenging due to both traffic and hills.  On the plus side like I mentioned the tracks are in great condition and very picturesque which is awesome.

But will these tracks be maintained in the future? will the signs be fixed?? I would be interested to hear opinions from the local councils and also Bicycle Victoria, whicH i have to say have come well short in allot of people’s expectations of late especially due to there lack of back up on the recent bike bans on trains here in Melbourne.  Personally I think the person in charge of Bicycle Victoria should really step aside, stop concentrating on big commercial rides like Around the bay in a day and The Great Victorian Bike Ride and start putting some effort into day to day cycling.

Is this a familiar story in your area I would love to hear your comments