MEDIA RELEASE from NUBUG:
It is time for Newcastle motorists to join the rest of the community in getting the RMS to change its plans to have traffic lights slowing motorists from getting on/off the new highway.
The Roads and Maritime Services of NSW are building the final section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass from Rankin Park to Jesmond. At the northern interchange, the current plans are to remove the shared cycle/foot path between Jesmond Park and Jesmond and replace it with with three signal crossings, over eight lanes of traffic to make car traffic slower.
Daniel Endicott, spokeperson of NUBUG said “The RMS continues to say they are helping all modes of transport but when they spend money they miss the bigger picture. Encouraging everyone into cars is not going to ease road congestion. Getting more people on public transport, bicycling and walking and to make main roads faster, and backstreets safer is how to stop Newcastle traffic becoming like Sydney’s. The Uni pushbike club launched it’s “Happy Travellers” campaign to get these bigger pictures out into the community and for us all to unite. So motorists need to call on the RMS to build more offroad pushbike paths for the good of the whole network”
The overwhelming desire of the community is that the existing path (which has been used since 1949 when the tramline was removed) be retained as a continuous off road route via an underpass, or combination of underpass and overhead bridges AND to not have more traffic lights impeding road traffic flow. The Roads and Maritime Services have received many submissions over the past few years relating to their plans but they have not made a serious attempt to solve the problem of retaining the path. There are plenty of alternative possibilities for retaining the shared path, but the RMS seem to be not interested in listening and are intent on destroying this community facility.
The final review process is underway and the Department of Planning and Environment is accepting submissions on this project until 16th December 2016. More info at http://kissyourpathgoodbye.com/
Success! We have NUBUG for 2016! Thanks heaps to Andre (the chef and new President), Dan (for the 1000 email notices), Megan (for the posters and support), Phil, Scott, Curtis (NUSEC people that stepped up to Exec positions. NUBUG was originally formed through NUSA Enviro Collective, so great to have the ongoing enviro support)
NUBUG will have a free dinner event for UoN students for its 2016 AGM to form NUBUG for 2016.
Monday the 5th Sep 5.30-6.30pm in the Glasshouse at UoN. You can let us know on the facebook event for catering. https://www.facebook.com/events/288364514853120/
Time to form the club for another year! NUBUG promotes and supports cyclists with rides, bike buddies, bike library, fixing, workshops, and advocacy to get better bike facilities for UoN and Newcastle and more.
Please nominate for a position:
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
Please use the bike hubs for more secure (better than outside bike parking) parking on campus, especially after 5pm. After 5pm, dark, and overnight are the greatest risks for bike thefts. All staff and students can get into the bike hubs with their id cards (no special joining required). Still lock your bike up with a lock inside them.
Also to note:
Bicycle riders are also encouraged to allow pedestrians a metre of space on shared paths, where possible.
Please join this petition:if you or your friends think compulsory ID and a 500% increase in fines are a good idea, here’s seven arguments to change your mind.https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/media/3301/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoksqXAZKXonjHpfsX%2F7uglW6Kg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YcBRcJ0aPyQAgobGp5I5FENTLDYXa5kt6cKUg%3D%3D#reasonsWe need you to join us and take action before it’s too late. Here’s three simple things you can do today:1.If you live in NSW, ring your local member of parliament and make an appointment to see them to discuss these laws2.Write a quick email to Premier Baird and Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, let them know that this is wrong
NUBUG is launching a promotional and educational campaign for 2016. If you want to help out with any ideas that will grab the attention of people we would love to know. With more people riding bikes there is greater safety in numbers and we also get safer bike lanes. Be selfish (better bike lanes for you), but it helps all of the community if you help others catch the cycling bug. Discover the new bug as the little known missing link in the transport mix.
Appropriate use of all transport: Cars still have a purpose for some trips. Trains can be great for destinations near train stations, etc. Walking and cycling save you time by not needing to go to the gym.
Putting your health, well-being and safety first is a good idea to put pushbiking into everyday life. If you get to the end of your day and you haven’t been able to fit in any exercise, then a rethink of your lifestyle is highly recommended. To sustain health (physical and mental) you need activities held throughout all of your life. The pushbiking habit is great for this.