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Telling a tale of risk

22 May 2017. BY LOUISE ROWAN

New research has found that newspapers around the world portray bicycles as ‘dangerous’ and ‘risky’ and cyclists as ‘vulnerable victims’, raising fears that negative news coverage could limit the potential health, environmental and economic benefits of the activity.

But the study authors argue that such reporting could also put the need for increased bike safety and infrastructure on the political agenda.

Researchers from two universities in Sydney analysed newspaper articles from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Using a new technique called Discursive News Values  Analysis (DNVA) they studied almost 1,700 relevant articles from 12 newspapers, dating back to 2004.

“The media have the power to shape both public opinion and policy” explained author Dr Monika Bednarek, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, “So when you consider all that we know about the benefits of cycling it is important to have a better understanding of how journalists portray both cycling and cyclists.”

DNVA is a new approach to media analysis developed by A/Prof Bednarek and study co-author Dr Helen Caple, Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New
South Wales.

DNVA carefully examines language and images to reveal the relationship between reality and
news. Unlike established methods, DNVA does not look at why events are chosen to be news
but at how journalists and authors construct ‘newsworthiness’ to make events appear deserving
of the audience’s attention; this in turn impacts upon the way audiences see the world.

The newspapers chosen for the study covered a range of bike-friendly locations – with bike
share schemes and dedicated cycle lanes such as Melbourne and Oxford – as well as relatively
bike-unfriendly cities including Sydney and Memphis.

Using a range of specialist search software programs, the study analysed more than half-a-million words.

A/Prof Bednarek said: “There is a valid argument that coverage portraying cyclists as ‘vulnerable victims’ can put the lack of adequate infrastructure on the political agenda and result in the improvement of cycling facilities”.

She added: “The inspiration for the study came from personal experience. We both commute to and from work on a bicycle and having lived – and cycled – in different locations it is
clear that attitudes towards cycling vary considerably from country to country, town to town.

“There’s no doubt that cycling is a divisive issue: we’re a ‘minority’ group and are often seen to clash with other road users.”

The study features in the researchers’ new book The Discourse of News Values.

Help ID these bike thieves

13 May 2017. Police have released images of people they wish to speak to following multiple bike thefts.

The bikes were stolen from Williams Landing Railway Station in March.

An unknown man has arrived at the station on a Werribee bound train on 15 March at about 1.30pm, and stolen a bike which was chained to a pillar outside the secure bike cage.

The same offender has again arrived at the same station on a Werribee bound train on 18 March at about 7.50pm, this time accompanied by two associates.

At this time, the offender and the two associates look into the secure bike cage before leaving and returning at about 8.25pm to gain access to the bike cage and steal the bike inside.

It is believed the same men may be responsible for multiple thefts of bicycles in the area.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Join us for a commuter breakfast this Friday

This Friday we are hosting a morning coffee for members and riders in Sydney to celebrate national volunteer week in North Sydney.

Be the first 70 riders in the door of Bay Ten Espresso and get your free coffee. The team will be there to answer any questions you may have on bike riding in NSW. We want to get feedback from you on what we can do better for riding so come along. The Body Mechanic will be there to answer any questions you may have about looking after your bike and body while riding

When: 7.30 to 9am, Friday May 12.

Where: Bay Ten Espresso, Lavender Bay

What: FREE coffee for the first 70 riders.

Upcoming Sydney Cycleways Events

11 May 2017. Sydney Cycleways are hosting two great events this weekend!

This Saturday the 13th you will be given the chance to discover some of Sydney’s coolest markets by bike and do some local shopping along the way. Riders will meet up at the bike racks at the Eveleigh markets on the corner of Wilson and Codrington Streeets before departing at 10am for the Glebe markets, then on to Balmain and ending the market crawl in Rozelle around lunchtime.

On Sunday morning, experienced guides will lead an easy two-hour bike ride from Green Square to the city and back. Bikers will start the return trip at 10am and end at midday outside the East Village Shopping Centre on Gadigal Avenue in Green Square. It is a great opportunity for less experienced riders looking for the best way to avoid busy peak-hour trains or buses in the inner city.

The rides are open to people of all ages and abilities but under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All bike riders are required to bring their own bike and wear helmet.

Places are limited for both rides so sign up quickly on the Sydney Cycleways website here.

Protecting pristine Tas

11 May 2017. Natural Resource Management South (NRM South) protects an array of varying ecosystems across almost half of the southern Tasmania with high terrestrial, estuarine and marine biodiversity.

Vital biodiversity and ecological health are threatened by soil diseases, weeds and harmful microbes brought into the region on bike tyres, shoes and equipment that are not cleaned since use in an affected area.

To combat this, NRM South are running a short survey to raise awareness of biosecurity and hygiene practices among people who spend time in Tasmania's natural and productive landscapes. A similar survey is conducted each year to help inform biosecurity communications and education programming.

To complete the survey, and have a chance to be one of four to win the choice between a biosecurity kit valued at over $60 OR a $50 voucher from Fullers bookshop, follow the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q5WMZVB  

The survey closes on 18 June 2017.

Check out www.nrmsouth.org.au/biosecurity for more biosecurity information and resources.

Sydney Classic Bicycle Show to celebrate 200 years of the bike 

Tempe Velodrome is the place to be on Saturday May 5 to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the world's greatest machine.

Starting from 11am, there will be various rounds of vintage track racing on bikes of different categories – from before 1960, fixies, track bikes and Penny Farthings. If you are a collector or like to build your own, bring along any precious items for a swap and sell market. All types of bikes will be on display including steel, wooden, bamboo and even a Draisienne Hobby Horse replica from 1817.

Food and drink stalls are available to add to the festival atmosphere.

When: Sunday May 5

Where: Tempe Velodrome

Time: 11am-3pm

Follow the Facebook page here

Racing registrations are here

 

Giro d’Canberra: 130km and 2,500m of climbing a great day on two wheels

Take an adventure through the beautiful mountains of Canberra this May in the Stromlo Forest Park at the Giro d'Canberra. Supported by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak, the event will be raising money for for Ronald McDonald House Canberra.

The first 100 entries will receive an event jersey and you will also go in the draw to win a signed jersey from Michael Matthews or Nathan Hass.

When: May 21 2017
Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Ride route: https://www.strava.com/clubs/79084/group_events/135572
Tickets: https://girodcanberra.gofundraise.com.au/

 

 

 

 

 

If you see Red, they’re riding for a great cause

12 April 2017. Riding the bike for charity is becoming increasingly popular in Tasmania, whether it be a single rider or a hundred.

The challenge is not just raising the money but surviving the ride in many cases.

But, as we know from the popularity of Bicycle Network’s Peaks Challenge series, there are hundreds of riders happy to take on Tassie’s hills.

In fact, there’s a ride coming up that is a handy event to slot into the training schedule for Peaks – the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Ride.

There’s a good incentive to get to the start line – entry is free. But you should aim to  raise at least $500 from your exertions.

The event is over five days, from May 20 to 24, and it tackles five testing circuits around the state, including two 100-km Gran Fondos – one of 100.5 kms in Hobart on May 20 as a leg-warmer and one of 102.6 kms in Launceston on May 21.

Then, having warmed up nicely, riders will tackle Launceston to Burnie over 139.9 kms and 1605 metres of climbing; Launceston to Hobart over 239.5 kms from Launceston to Hobart, via the Central Plateau (yes, that Poatina climb!); then a warm-down on the final day with a lazy 88.3 kms from Huonville to Hobart.

You can enter as many of the day events as you like and if you choose to take on all five there’s 600 kilometres of road and 8000 metres of climbing ahead of you.

So, as you can see, the choices can fit nicely into Peaks training.

You will find all the details, including how to enter, and training ride opportunities, on the Red Shield Ride 2017 website.

City of Sydney Challenges you to ride to work during March

1 March 2017. Running throughout March, the Sydney Rides Business Challenge is here again to motivate workplaces to encourage businesses to get their workplaces moving by bike. The City of Sydney have been leading the way to promote bike riding and this is another example of how they are trying to get people on two wheels.

The Sydney Rides Challenge is being run in collaboration with the City of Sydney and it’s a fun, free workplace competition to encourage bike riding in Sydney. Businesses, their departments and people compete to see who can encourage the most staff to ride.

The aim is to have 4,000 riders take part in 2017, with the focus on getting new riders up and started. Simply go the website and register your team there are plenty of prizes on offer.

If you have a team that needs convincing, get in touch with our Sydney team and they can visit your workplace and talk to employees about the benefits of riding a bike.

Want more info? Download the info pack here.

The Roller Cup: come and race against your mates

16 February 2017. Bicycle Network is proudly supporting Atma Cycles inaugural Roller Cup on Thursday 27 April.

It’s an action-packed event where teams race each other for bragging rights and a share in $4,000 worth of prizes. Held at The Standard Bowl in Sydney, drinks and food will available while you cheer on your favorite team. 

There are FREE tickets to give away for the first 10 people to get in touch at here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police seek tacker suspect

15 June 2016. Police have released images of a man  they wish to speak to in relations to the long series of tackings on popular Yarra Boulevard in Kew.

Boroondara Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for public assistance to help identify the man and locate a vehicle following a series of criminal-damage incidents. 

The incidents have been occurring over the past two years, with large amounts of 10–12mm "Paslode-style blue cuts tacks" being thrown on to Yarra Boulevard between the Studley Park Road overpass and the Chandler Highway exit. 

Investigators have been given information that a man drove along the length of Yarra Boulevard, near the puncture repair station, several times on 1 December, 2015. 

It’s believed he was driving a 2015 VW Polo Golf. 

Just after 5.31am the man stopped at the puncture repair station and got out of the vehicle. He then tore the fencing off the post and removed the bike pump and plastic boxes. 

Police have released CCTV images of a man they wish to identify, along with a CCTV image of the vehicle in the hope someone can identify him. 

They have also released images of a similar vehicle. 

The man is believed to be aged in his mid-30s, perceived to be of Caucasian appearance, and was unshaven at the time and had a dark beard growing. 

Police believe he may live locally as he was dressed in only a white singlet, shorts and no shoes. 

Between 500-800 punctured tyres have been recorded in the area over the past two years, with some cyclists sustaining serious injuries as a result of the offence. 

Repair costs to bike riders is also around $5000. 

Police are urging cyclists to be vigilant when riding in the area and to report any suspicious activity. 

Anyone who can identify the man of with further with information about the incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000 or lodge a confidential report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au 

Police seek bike crooks

13 June 2016. Police are hunting two bike riders in connection with a burglary in Northcote.

Darebin Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a burglary from a secure underground car park last month. 

Investigators have been told the burglary at the Heidelberg Road apartment building occurred about 3.45am on Tuesday 17 May. 

It is believed that two men on bicycles gained entry to the secure underground car park via the residential hallway area. 

The offenders spent about an hour searching through storage cages and looking into vehicles before taking a number of items. 

Detectives have released images of two men they believe can assist with their enquiries.

Cops hunt bike theft gang

5 May 2016. Yarra Crime Investigation Unit members are appealing for public assistance as they investigate a burglary in Richmond earlier this month. 

Police believe three men and a woman attended a basement car park on Stawell Street on 4 April about 2am. 

Investigators believe a Grey Toyota Rav4 has entered the car park and driven around for about five minutes before driving back out. 

Shortly after the group opened the garage door and entered the car park on foot. 

Two of the men have used bolt cutters to cut a number of bicycle locks and steal four bicycles. 

They have also broken into a number of cars and stolen clothing, car parts, a mobile phone, glasses, cash, sporting equipment and cash. 

A number of cars were also damaged in the thefts. 

Investigators have released images of the three men and woman they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries 

One of the men is perceived to be of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 40s, about 180cm tall and grey hair. At the time of the offence he was wearing a yellow hi-vision jacket, long cargo shorts and brown slip-on shoes. 

A second man is perceived to be of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 20s, about 175cm tall with blonde/reddish-coloured hair. At the time of the offence he was wearing a blue jumper with an Adidas logo, a blue and white cap and grey cargo pants. 

A third man is perceived to be of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 20s, about 190cm tall with dark hair. At the time of the offence he was wearing a grey jumper, black shorts and a black cap. 

The woman is perceived to be of Caucasian appearance, aged in her 20s, about 165cm tall with long dark hair. At the time of the offence she was wearing a khaki jacket with a furry hood pulled up, white jeans or pants and tan-coloured boots. 

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au