Hi, This website is needed to understand bicycling in Newcastle, NSW, Aus today. Ideally we have proper separated bike lanes so it would be easy to get around. But until we get a CycleSafeNetwork.org.au solution you need to do about 2 hours of research to understand the secrets. Do not get sucked in by the Dunning Kruger effect. Also it takes about 6 months to enjoy a new habit.
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“Less road congestion (shorter travel times), more pedestrian safety, non-discriminating transport” Everyone wants this for everyone to be happy! Living closer to work/shops and many (not all) single occupant cars switching to buses or pushbikes (separate safe active transport network or safe back street short cuts). More roads and urban sprawl did not work for Sydney and doesn’t anywhere else in the world. Active travel is world’s best practice for saving time, lives and healthy mental health! Frees up space for emergency vehicles, and people with disabled permits. The 2030 vision for City of Newcastle is for over 50% of trips by active transport (walk, cycle, bus, train). Fom Newy council’s 2030 vision (with full community consultation) document on their website.
1. Road rules are here to help us all (same rules for cars and bikes, except for a few oddities). Never ride so close to parked cars that if they opened their door you would go immediately into the traffic lane where a car could hit you. Do not play this Russian Roulette game even if a bike picture (fake bike lane) is wrongly placed in the door opening zone. See points below for where to ride.
Top 5 issues to tell people confused about pushbikes
Are you racist, sexist or just pushbikist? If you get annoyed with pushbikes on the road you are pushbikist and have not yet opened your mind to the 5 critical issues:_
It is very hard for people to change their behaviour even under the most compelling of circumstances. Science call it the Backfire effect of the brains defence mechanism to fight off its current views). Do you value reducing death, disease, danger and being happier? What is your indirect effect on others?
A fully covered electric-assist cargo pushbike ( or tricycle) with a trailer means no matter your fitness or what you have to carry you can ride. Pushbikes can be as easy as walking, just use the easy gears. So you do not sweat as much, but are faster than you may think. Take a sponge/washer and have a wipe down OR have a shower. Appropriate exercise (moderate to high intensity) is good for mental health and happiness, and ethical to stay out of hospitals. Save time combining exercise and transport. Never get to the end of the day without exercise again.
5. All Newcastle Cars tailgate other cars dangerously (should leave a safe 3 second gap to car in front, but most leave a dangerous 1 second gap, The police will soon enforce this to reduce the road death toll). Discover safety with better cycling skills on our website. Form good habits with appropriate use of technology and don’t create danger by driving cars. Urban sprawl is making broadband, homes & other infrustructure too costly.
6. Report bad bus driving to transportnsw.info, they have cameras on board to prove they were dangerous. Buses require a 4 second safety gap to the car in front of them (about 60 metres at 60km/hr). Anything less than 4 seconds and they are tailgating. Be happy to know that you can have good safety on pushbikes, and not tailgate like 99% of cars do.
LEARN more stuff that could save your life! A more comprehensive list of safe cycling and great Take Action page is at NUBUG.wordpress.com
Walking (including public transport) vs. Pushbikes vs. Cars (these are all just as safe as each other (do not get confused with the perceived danger of acivities, which is different to the actual danger) but you can improve your safety much more by doing these things that 99% of the time are not being done in Newcastle). Important info that the government refuses to enforce:
Walking: Stay to the left on footpaths and shared paths, because pushbikes should be passing you on the left (remember that adults with children are allowed to ride on foopaths) And assume no motorist has seen you
Driving: Keep 3 second safety gap to the car in front (50 metres at 60km/hr) 99% of all motorists are tailgating all the time and it means heaps of rear end crashes. Slow down to turn those “blind corners and blind crests” into safe corners that you could stop if a child is crossing the road. You don’t want to live with killing someone when all you had to do was stop driving with the bad habits of the 99% of drivers. And assume no motorist has seen you
A Newy transport rhyme:
Newy rail removed for harbour and Stewart Avenue, To stop getting Sydney grid-lock traffic have Newy planners got a clue?
We’ve ditched the smokes and the plastic bag, Behaviour change is not all that bad.
Old seniors deteriorating health means they hand in the car keys, No ageist discrimination: Independence and Better Active transport please
Cycle friendly countries have 50% female commuting cycling: Aussie transport discrimination stats: Only 10% female biking
A transport system scaring kids from cycling to school? Would you ban them from swimming at Lambton pool?
People forget that exercise is good for mental health to keep you sane, Safer back street short cuts let you dodge that “Newy fake bike lane”!
More than 50% trips by active transport is a Newy council 2030 vision, Part of a fully consulted community decision.
When prioritising cars, it leads to too many cars: Solutions? Suggestions? More Active transport (bus, train, walk, cycling) to lower road congestions
We get into good/bad habits all the time, Multitasking transport and exercise saves loads of time
Travelling without fear is a basic human right. Ending this discrimination is worth the fight!
Many options including fully covered tricycle electric assist. If you still have excuses there must be a solution you have missed.
Car is now prince, no longer King. Discover Secrets To Happy Push Biking (dot com)