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WHERE MEMBERS AND BUGS OF BICYCLE NSW MEET Vol. 34 No.8 ■ August 2010


INPUSHON THIS MONTH… Getting to know Omar, our new CEO 2 Smart Commuting 10 | Rides Calendar 13-18 Country BUGs, and animals on bikes


John Holstein CAMWEST* THE BICYCLE NSW Big Rides may


have stopped for the time being but there are a number of opportunities to join small rides all around Australia if you take the time to look. They range from commercial ventures, charity rides such as the Silver City Bush Treadler’s Dares, Dungog’s Pedal Fest through to smaller rides run on a purely volunteer basis. My wife Sandra and I were recently


privileged to join Mick Cooper and Kerrie Walsh and 15 other riders on one such volunteer run ride, the Annual Tour of the West from Dubbo in Central West NSW. Dorothy Pinder has beaten me to the gun for a story on this delightful ride, but there were some interesting sights and people along the way that I would like to share with you. Now being Sydney based at the


moment we are not used to riding unaccompanied by cars, trucks and other motorised traffic, so it was a joy to have the roads to ourselves most of the time. On our ride between Wellington and


Parkes we were encouraged to look out for animals on bikes. This conjured up images of magpies or dogs taking to bicycles to gain an advantage in their quest to chase us. Instead we found a collection of interesting sculptures in


2010 Spring Cycle – volunteers needed! Tony Henderson BNSW*


paddocks lining the roads around the towns of Cumnock, Molong and Yeoval. The enterprising locals got together to create this inspired and unusual art exhibition aimed at encouraging visitors to the area. (Check ou http://www. animalsonbikes.com.au) In the tiny village of Yeoval we


the RTA NSW Police, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, NSW Ambulance, St John First Aid Personnel and a record 500+ fantastic volunteers, working together to provide a safe and fun, recreational cycling event for all of Sydney to enjoy.


Become the star of the event and volunteer for the 2010 NSW Government Spring Cycle – Sunday 17 October.


10,000 people will be on their bikes for the annual NSW Government Spring Cycle raising some much needed money for the Oncology Children’s Foundation.


Once again we will have the support of


Volunteer roles are a great way to get your self out and about and be part of something amazing. We are still on the look out for dedicated Route Marshals and equipment savvy Logistics people.


If you would like to get on board and help in the success of the 2010 NSW Government Spring Cycle, all you need to do is complete the online volunteer application form at www.springcycle. com.au or contact Tony Henderson volunteer@bicyclensw.org.au


met the Uniting Church Minister, who also has a small collection of vintage bicycles that he hopes to place on local exhibition. He was working at forming a local BUG, but sadly he finds he won’t be able to organise Sunday rides, although he will encourage cycling to church. The sculptures became more


numerous as we approached Cumnock and they were both creative and amusing. Cumnock was an overnight stop and there is also a photographic exhibition of the sculptures on show here. We were treated to one of the largest rump steaks I have ever seen at the local pub that night.


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