About Us

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Article 5 of UN.org human rights charter (No one should be subjected to cruel treatment).  It is cruel to walk closely past someone while holding out knives to your sides (People would fear getting cut).  Likewise it is cruel to pushbike past someone too closely.  And it is cruel for cars to pass pushbikes too closely.  Current road markings and cars in local residential areas above 30km/hr cause danger to all.  Newy Council’s vision is to have most trips (less than 5km) to be walked or pushbiked (covered cargo electric assist bikes are useful and all other excuses of not cycling are solvable) and not by car by 2030.  Higher main road speeds, more public transport and building a CycleSafe Network will reduce congestion Win Win Win for all!

We empower people with solutions for happier ethical lifestyles (faster travel times, less stress etc.)

We help make pushbiking for transport a realistic choice for all now (ask us anything!)

Pushbikes help solve most of our community problems:  Discover the bigger picture, life transforming journey, including more reasons this is related at https://nubug.wordpress.com/take-action/

Facebook Group page:  NUBUG- Newcastle University Bike Users Group

Newcastle University Bicycle Users’ Group (nubug.orgATgmail.com) is a cycling advocacy group, which seeks to promote cycling for fun, sport and transport.  It’s complete constitution is on its facebook page.  We are a BUG: bicyclensw.org.au/content/bugs . We have fun events, bike rides, movie nights, festivals. What we can do is only limited to your imagination and people helping make it happen.

By broadly representing students and staff who ride to university, we aim to encourage the University of Newcastle, and all authorities in charge of transport to provide more infrastructure to support cycling, and make it safer and more convenient way to commute and stay healthy.  Also See The Uni active travel pages: newcastle.edu.au/activetravel

Working on a safe interaction zone manifesto:

1 Ethical treatment of all humans zone.  No physical contact or within half a metre of anyone without consent
2 No stereotyping here (including peoples views, gender/s)
3 Full Inclusion, No discrimination space.  FemininMasculineHumanism is all inclusive.
4 Humansplaining, comments and discussions allowed with mutual consent
5 If annoyed with someones behaviour then Empathise and get to 1st principles of their moral values of motivation to understand the other point of view

Happy Travellers campaign For a more Awesome Newcastle (World’s best practice solutions )

Please use our animation clip to promote more ethical, happy and healthy community  :
Everyone can be more happy with a World’s best practice transport mix:
Faster main roads for cars, more buses/trains for people to have screen time while travelling, better pushbike paths.
More dense cities (affordable housing) are faster (spread out suburbs are inefficient) and cost benefit ratios for pushbike paths show increase in society health and increase in business/shops near them.
If you are unhappy cycling, then you are doing it wrong.  Don’t wait for automated robot cars to stop cars tailgating each other, get the right information, skill up, and be safer than cars now.
SAVE TIME: Combine transport with exercise (needed for body and mind happiness every day) Door-to-door on a pushbike (and finding safe shortcuts in backstreets) can be faster than finding car parking/waiting for buses.
The only negative to pushbikes is the same as learning to ride for the 1st time, very frightening, but very rewarding when you gain the “1st world skill” of “learning to ride a bike”.  With robot automated cars in the future (invented to mainly save millions of lives from car crashes), the “rite of passage” of learning to “drive a car” will no longer be the modern day “you are now grown up for going out into the world”.   The next “rite of passage” will be learning to ride a pushbike skillfully and safely (seat height / stopping skills / leg rotation speed for faster more efficient riding.  Learning shortcuts, learning the actual safety of cars and lane position).  The RMS (state authority) recommends a 3 second safety gap between a car following another car, but most people leave only 1 to 2 seconds.  This is why many safety conscious people give up on the car because they cannot control the car dangerously following them.  You can gain much more safety and control on a pushbike by learning better skills and back streets.  Pushbike advocates love to help people find better backstreets, and to make submissions many government things because pushbikes are a critical part of a happy and ethical society.
Use every opportunity to help solve the whole society problem, and to discover the missing link in transport solutions.
Transition to clean , healthy safe communities with safer energy that creates jobs.  Stop urban sprawl making housing unaffordable.  More high density affordable apartments in cities for healthy safe communities, that can walk, cycle, public transport for transport.  Need to start talking about the elephant in the room.  Car culture and urban sprawl producing highways are bad.  Then developers use highways to further urban sprawl.  We need higher density population in cities to crack housing affordability.  We need walk/cycle/public transport for active transport to beat the obesity epidemic, etc, etc

A highly visible campaign, to engage everyone is needed to grow support.

Goto our Take Action page for more info. https://nubug.wordpress.com/take-action/

28th Feb 2017 NUBUG AGM 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Brennan Room – Shortland Union at UoN minutes taken by Daniel Endicott :

Confirmation to reaffiliate with NUSA;
Confirmation to keep member fee $1;
Draw of the lucky door prizes; (Carlos and Jason)
Confirmation of the previous year’s AGM minutes;
Reports from the executive committee;
Report on the Club’s activities since the last General Meeting;
Presentation of the Annual Report and Financial Statements;
Confirmation of “$50 bike deal” monies with regards NUSA, NUBUG, BLC;
Amendments to the constitution (if applicable);
Presentation by Sam Reich of Newcastle Cycleways Movement and csn.org.au of upcoming survey of bicyclists.
Apologies: Scott Monro

2017 Elected Executive:
President: Andre Cook
Vice President: Carlos Camelo
Secretary: Jason Kuan
Treasurer : Salome
Bike Love Corral Co-ordinator: Daniel Endicott

2016 AGM Annual Report and Club’s activities since the last General Meeting by Daniel Endicott (on behalf of Andre Cook)
Bike rides every 1st Friday of the month, 5pm into the city
BLC workshop provide social and ethical pushbike services (bike library, fixing, etc) all year
2016 AGM free dinner and NUBUG Animation clip launched
Megan Sharkey (UoN Enviro officer) farewelled. Megan has done heaps for Active Travel for UoN, An Active travel guide, ride2Uni initiatives, promos, prizes, supported NUBUG, BLC and bike library more than anyone at UoN. Fond farewells!

2016 Financial Report by Daniel Endicott (on behalf of Andre Cook)
Out :$500 remaining NUBUG Animation clip payment (authorised by Daniel Endicott and Andre Cook)
Out :$92 AGM food (authorised by Daniel Endicott and Andre Cook)
In :$421 membership
Bank Balance Feb 2017: $10,232.86
Full finance report in AGM minutes.

Proposed 2017 constitution: As per NUSA recommended (see NUBUG facebook file) except AGM held by Oct each year and :
Bike Love Corral (BLC) Co-ordinator
NUBUG have requested the BLC provide social and ethical pushbike services to the students at UON. As such, the BLC will support NUSA, UON, and NUBUG provide cost effective and free services to students and staff at UON with the purposes of full-filling its environmental and social responsibilities. To satisfy:
1. Bike Love Corral Co-ordinator operates and is responsible for all transactions (pushbikes, parts, accessories, fixing, workshops) at the Bike Love Corral Workshop.
2. All BLC activities are under the NUBUG brand and abide by NUBUG’s aims and objectives;
3. BLC volunteers (that repair pushbikes and help the pushbike library) are members of NUBUG, student(s) or staff of UON;
4. All Bike Love Corral and BLC workshop finances have always been and will remain separate from NUBUG finances with the only exception of $9500 kept in NUBUG bank account for future bike library returns. The $9500 is required in case the Bike Love Corral Coordinator is no longer able to satisfy these duties (e.g. in case of disablement or death) or the position becomes vacant;
5. All bicycle transactions at the BLC workshop remain in BLC finances for day-to-day running of the BLC (this includes any bicycle sales by NUSA, NUBUG, or BLC);
The separation of the finances is also required for the refunding of money for a bike library bike. Currently, 2 signatures are required every few days to withdraw money from NUBUG bank account for a returned bike. This has not been possible or feasible in the past. Students are otherwise busy or leave the university. To date, all bikes that have been returned in the bike library have received their monies back.
The above Amendments to the constitution was agreed by majority votes, no votes against

Confirmation of “$50 bike deal” monies with regards NUSA, NUBUG, BLC;
The following statement was asserted:
“Any money from the “$50 bike deal” going through NUSA OR NUBUG hands/bank accounts should be put into BLC finances for 2015, 2016, and 2017″
This statemant was agreed by majority votes, no votes against

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One Response to About Us

  1. Ellen Saxon says:

    Hi, you probably already know about this survey, but here is the link anyway:
    https://safercycling.unsw.edu.au/public/TellMeMore.aspx

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