You will not get what you want, or get a transition to a better world if you do not use your democratic right to speak up with what you want. Individual actions are great ethically, but we need to have a whole community, and to transition the system to a better world for all. Here is a great start (You will thank us for reading this page:)
We empower people with solutions so that ethical pushbiking for transport is a realistic choice for all. In just 5 or so minutes we take you on a life transforming journey discovering what 99% of Novocastrians do not know about cities, cars, bicycles, etc. Bicycling helps solve most of Newy’s society problems, the truth will let you make ethical choices today. 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)
1. Join the Happy Travellers campaign
2a. Better campus bike safety for UoN
2b Education and Promotion signs for UoN
3. Support the Cycle Safe Network csn.org.au
1. Happy Travellers campaign
1a. Intro to discovering the main issues
Basic human right to travel in safety and not put others in danger. We can be more happy with a transition to an ethical World’s best practice city planning and transport . Ethical habits are using appropriate technology. All cars above 30km/hr in residential streets are a danger to pedestrians. Car focused cities (with urban sprawl) make people unhealthy (body and mind), causing social isolation and internet, homes, food & other infrustructure too costly.
Faster main roads for cars, more buses/trains (screen time and active transport), better pushbike shortcut paths. Pleases everyone, so we can stop the fighting of motorists vs cyclists vs public transport user. Need to start talking about the elephant in the room, the whole system. No silver bullet on one small part of the problem.
More dense cities (affordable housing) are faster (spread out suburbs are inefficient and get people addicted to cars) and cost benefit ratios for pushbike paths show increase in society health and increase in business/shops near them. Train transport through the bush linking up higher density cities. Stop urban sprawl causing social isolation and wasted travel time and making housing unaffordable (Costs quarter million dollars of taxpayers money for infrustructure for new housing developments (road, water, sewage, phone/NBN, electricity etc). Curtin uni has done a study that shows the infrastructure costs for a new suburb are $684,000 per dwelling (Curtin_Sustainability_Paper_0209). The choice is clear, do you want your fellow Novocastrian safe and happy in a home OR do you want more homeless people and your own home that you are lucky to own to continue to increase in price to unethical prices. Continuing with new suburbs opening up towards Maitland will continue with more people not having homes.
1c. Pushbikes faster than you think
If you are unhappy cycling, then you are doing it wrong. (Get electric assist tricycles with trailers if you have to. Pushbiking is as easy as walking, choose the easy gears and build up your leg strength). 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. We need walk/cycle/public transport for active transport to beat the obesity epidemic, etc, etc
1d. Ways to cycle better
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.
1e. All motorists drive more dangerously than you think
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. (Most crashes are rear-ends Source: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/safe-driving/low-risk-driving.html
. 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. nubug.wordpress.com
1f. The slowly of changing human values (slavery used to be socially acceptable)
We all have the same moral ethical values of not wanting to put others in danger. We need to work up from common values of the person of the opposing view to see reason (working backwards from the end situation leaves many people closed minded – Science call it the Backfire effect of the brains defense mechanism to fight off its current views). Currently it is socially acceptable to jaywalk (crossing a road at an angle) and everyone does it (even though everyone is breaking the law NSW Road rule 230). In the 70’s it was socially acceptable to drive drunk. But now society has changed to not let drunk drivers put others in danger. Soon society will change to give safe clearance when overtaking cyclists.
1g. Why is a pushbike hogging the road?
It is courteous to pushbike in the safest part of the lane: sometimes gutter, sometimes middle of the lane. Many motorists think pushbikes are being dangerous by forcing cars to do unsafe overtaking actions over to the other side of the road. But cyclists are just lane positioning so cars pass them leaving 1m clearance. Would you run past a pedestrian closely holding knifes out to your side? One small wobble of the pedestrian would have a knife in their arm. Exactly the same issue with cyclists needing 1m clearance from their passing motorist (the knives of the car are the side mirrors). The sooner people learn the complex issues we can all be happy. Not road hogs dilliberately hogging the lane. Pushbike lane position: Usually ride as far left as practical on roads.
1h. What about parked cars and confusing bike picture lanes?
But NEVER ride close to parked cars (even when bike pictures on roads confuse you). Unseen children can open car doors and push you into traffic. NSW Road Rules 153, 144 & 247 advise to ride the safe way (usually 1.5m away from parked cars). Also never ride where a car will try to squeeze past you too closely in the same lane, this means sometimes you need to take the whole lane.
They look like bike lanes, where you should ride your bike. But they are not! Even The Uni active travel pages agree : newcastle.edu.au/activetravel.
Pushbike advocates are pushing to remove these confusing, dangerous, and unethical bike pictures.
1i. Top 5 issues to tell people confused about pushbikes
You will thank us for reading this:
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:_
1. Traffic congestion is mainly from poorly planned cities without enough public transport and too much urban sprawl. Focus our energy in the elephant in the room.
2. Cyclists are not forcing you to overtake them dangerously, by having to cross onto the otherside of the road. Would you walk closely past someone, holding out knives to your sides so one wobble will cut them?
3. Basic Human right to travel in safety please. Cars are more dangerous than you think, 99% of them constantly tailgate, not able to stop if the car in front emergency stops.
4. You have a choice to have a fully covered pedal electric cargo tricycle. You are not forced to drive a car. Bicycles are just as ethical, safe and easy as walking, only more efficient! For every pushbike complaint/problem there are solutions, so save years of frustration and learn what 99% of people do not know to make your life 1000 times more enjoyable
5. If an ethical pushbike network of connected safe backstreet shortcuts existed, car and bicycles would be separated. NCC wants bicycling to be a viable option for most trips for all by 2030.
Learn more that 99% do not know at nubug.wordpress.com/take-action/
1j. Some Hashtags and What an ending!
You will thank us even more for spending 5 minutes reading below (it will change your life):
Join the Happy and fast Roads petition for a more Awesome Newcastle at
Or submit the above info to any major development, because pushbikes are a part of them directly or indirectly.
A highly visible campaign, to engage everyone is needed to grow support. NUBUG are working on this.
2a.Tell Uni we want better campus bike safety
Students can now log hazards across campus and email photos into the health and safety database. This is great for cycling.
Tell your individual item, and we recommend the following. The more complaints they get, the more they will listen!
Bike theft and tampering has had brakes stolen from bikes. Very dangerous to hop on your bike and find it has no brakes. So more enclosed bike parking in caged off and student ID entry required. Please remove all confusing bike pictures from UoN Ringroad (many reasons for this are below). Please reduce speed limit to 30km/hr or lower. Please put big billboards at road entrances: “Share road correctly and give 2m clearance overtaking pushbikes. Do not squeeze past cyclists according to confusing Council and RMS bike pictures on roads”
Please put big billboards at shared path entrances: “Share path correctly and give 1m clearance overtaking people. Do not squeeze past people”
Please make active travel have priority over cars. The main East-West shared path from Waratah – West to Jesmond through the UoN should have priority with pedestrian crossings across each road crossing
On Newcastle roads wherever there is a bike picture on the road do not cycle over the top of it. The authorities usually recommend for your safety you should usually cycle just to the right of it. NSW Road Rules 153, 144 & 247 advise to ride the safe way (usually 1.5m away from parked cars) RTA.nsw.gov.au. Over 90% of people wrongly believe they must ride on top of the bike pictures on roads (2013 survey by and more safety tips at BikeLoveCorral.blogspot.com).
A safety separation strip between the cycle lanes and traffic lanes on any road to provide a buffer between moving traffic and the cycle lane. This should be at least 1 metre, because “1m matters” (Amy Gillett campaign)
The Uni has active travel pages: newcastle.edu.au/activetravel
2b. Stop confusion of shared paths and promote pushbike use with signs on campus
Please email the below text to healthandsafetyATnewcastle.edu.au
Not many people at UoN know the Callaghan UoN campus pathway rules. So NUBUG wants the confusion to end.
Here is an attempt at signage that NUBUG will lobby UoN to put up in a number of key pathways on campus.
UoN encourages Active travelling to Uni (walking and bicycling)
Pushbikes are Faster and Safer than you think (backstreet shortcuts, lights at night, learn what 99% people do not know)
Use secure Bike Hub parking (Showers, lockers and Unisex tiolets)
All pathways at Uni are shared (walk and bicycle):
Keep on the left side of paths
Use bell to warn but only pass walkers if safe, slow and 1m clearance
Don’t “buzz” past a walker like when cars pass pushbikes too closely.
Pictures of happy walking and happy cycling on the left side of paths
Picture of a car using the other side of the road when overtaking a cyclist on the Ring Road.
From your name, address and student/staff number if you have
3. Support the Cycle Safe Network csn.org.au
A system of safe, easy-to-follow cycle routes connecting destinations across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
Show your support for the CycleSafe Network and complete their online petition. http://csn.org.au
The CycleSafe Network can be improved:
In light of the See Change Forum in 2014, Dan proposes that NUBUG formally endorse the Safe Cycle Network with 3 clarifications. 1. The Network should have no confusing bike pictures on roads (E.g. no bike pictures in an area were a parked door will open into, and a clear 1m gap from passing traffic lane.). 2. The matrix method to determine on road/off road facility aligns with the Safer European 30km/hr local streets and not 40km/hr. 3. Separated pedestrian paths and cyclepaths are needed to maximise the cycling potential for Newcastle/LMCC
NCC has neglected to tell you that the solution for the old “car door death bike lanes” is the new improved “car door death bike lanes without the lines, but still the confusing PS-2 bike picture on the road right where people open their doors” As described in App 5 Fig 1.2 of the Newcastle Cycling Strategy and Action Plan. The new “Wide Shared Lane (Mixed Traffic – Spacious Profile)” is the same scary bike treatments they have been producing for over a decade. This goes against the key objectives of the Strategy : ” Section 3.2 To provide a safe, continuous and covenient bike network… that riders feel safe and comfortable using AND to Foster a culture that regards active transport as PREFERRED choice for short trips”