Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Thursday, August 26, 2004
We'll All Be Rooned!
A new study has bad news for motorists hoping to see a sustained fall in petrol prices. The international report, published in London overnight, has found that oil production in Australia is not only in decline, but is dropping at a rate far greater than almost any other oil producing country. At the same time another recent study showed demand for oil growing at a rate greater than previously thought.
Peak Oil article from the ABC, the issue finally hits the mainstream media. We're waiting until "Today Tonight" picks up & gives it a shonky doom n' gloom spin.
It's for you, brother
Gutsy Loretta Harrop dedicated her triathlon silver medal to her brother Luke, who was killed in a car accident more than two years ago. Harrop went agonisingly close to winning Australia's first Olympic triathlon gold -- but the winner was as Aussie as they come. Geelong-born Kate Allen, who has switched allegiance to Austria, ran down Harrop in the last vital metres.
Loretta races in memory of Luke
LUKE His name is tattooed forever on her right ankle. His memory, just as permanently, in her heart. Loretta Harrop ran the race of her life in Athens yesterday, the inspiration of her late brother propelling her in the women's triathlon on a torturous course.
Shane, Graeme, Stu & Flying Ryan
Two more golds complete Australian domination
The track portion of the Olympic cycling program concluded last night with the men's keirin and Madison, and the women's points race. Australia confirmed its status as the dominant nation in track cycling by adding two golds and a bronze to its tally of nine track medals (including five gold) in the keirin and Madison, while Russia added the women's points gold to the men's points title it won yesterday.
Olympics: Aussies dominate Olympic cycling with six golds.
Australia confirmed their status as the new force of world cycling after dominating the Athens Olympics with six gold medals, two of them on a memorable closing day's competition at the Velodrome.
Two more gold in cycling blitz.
Speed king Ryan Bayley and Graeme Brown claimed an Olympic double each tonight as Australia completed its dominance of cycling at the Games with six gold medals.
Bayley won the keirin in an electric show of speed to go with yesterday's sprint gold only minutes after 4000m team pursuit champion Brown teamed with Stuart O'Grady to win the madison race.
Greene Dragon group stages anti-Republican bike ride through Manhattan
Old time bicycles built for two.
Fast rail plan off the tracks: Opposition.
Bike Path Memorial, Car Free Day
The ceremony to dedicate Joy Kleeman Bikeway along the stretch of U.S. 80 on Sept. 3.
For 15 years, Joy N. Kleeman's morning ritual included a bicycle ride. Now, nearly six years after the veteran teacher and mother of three was killed while taking that ride, a bike path along a stretch of U.S. 80 will be renamed in her honor.
Car Free Day - 20 towns to leave cars at home.
Twenty cities and towns in Ireland have confirmed that they will participate in European Car Free Day which this year takes place on Wednesday, September 22, according to Tom Halpin, Sustainable Energy Ireland’s head of customer services.
Deborah Kerr's brother killed in road rage attack
The Australian: Tolls put Transurban streets ahead
Transurban managing director Kim Edwards added that distributions were set to grow by around 10per cent every year. Toll revenue for the 12 months to the end of June was up 10.1 per cent to $254.5 million after the goods and services tax.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Yarra Council - Sustainable Transport
We're doing really something about the traffic problems. honest. *
The problem really is this, Yarra's geographical position in metropolitan Melbourne. That's the easy bit. Then add to the agenda, the complicated stuff, like several decades of poor planning, lack of responsibility from other councils, lack of responsibility & direction from state & fed governments, car culture, petty turf wars.....
*ok, it's a inner city council attempting to be all cool & groovy, but the toggle text title is not a good look.
Dangerous Car Driver Database
Keeping tabs on dangerous drivers, saving cyclists' lives...
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Hoddle Down A Hole
Pioneer gets dead-end honour
Reckon the statue should be stuck, on the N-E corner of the intersection of Hoddle & Victoria Parade. Robert could stand there, permanently contemplating the traffic.......
UK - Cycle ban on rush-hour trains.
Freshly piped in from nearby Parliament House?
The world is now losing more than a million barrels of oil a day to depletion – twice the rate of two years ago – according to a new analysis published this month in Petroleum Review, the oil and gas magazine of the Energy Institute in London.
Digging a hole, 4WD Cockroaches, Car-Free, Evil, RNC Protesting & Global Warming
A meeting of Fitzroy residents, huh? The same PTUA folk who call others latte drinking trendies?
4WD with legs the new Toorak tractor. An all-terrain vehicle with legs instead of wheels, based on the movement of the cockroach, is the subject of serious research in the United States.
European Car Free Day news, from Waterford in Ireland.
SUV drivers are evil.
Who's who protesting at the Republican National Convention.
Global warming makes China's glaciers shrink by equivalent of Yellow River.
Reminder - now have to sign-in to read Age articles
Meares picks up bronze
Australian cyclist Anna Meares added an Olympic bronze to her gold medal when she finished third in the women's sprint tonight.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Carfree Times - August 2004
Al Has Left The Building
The accident occurred late Saturday near the city of Bourges, as the family was cycling home after sunset along a quiet country road.
Some Good News For A Change
Cyclists strike gold as rowing controversy continues.
Australia's success at the Olympic velodrome continued on day 10 in Athens, with the men's 4000m pursuit team taking gold for the first time in 20 years.
Local Cyclists Win As Booroondara Council Stops Dithering Around
Last night the Boroondara council voted 11-1 in favour of implementing the next step to the PBN network in 04-05. 537K to be spent
Check the Booroondara Bicycle Users Group,website for more. Or check their yahoogroup
Monday, August 23, 2004
KNEEL! You have reached GeneralZod.net
Just don't mention anything about Priscilla while visiting.
One may not be an elite athlete or been in a rowing team, but Sally's got my sympathies. Several years back in 40C+ heat I collapsed off the bike while pedaling up Hoddle Street. Carted off for medical treatment, and can't remember a bloody thing of the incident.
From Newtopia Magazine
Record-breaking Kiwi relegates Mactier to silver
Record-breaking Kiwi relegates Mactier to silver
Bugger - silver again. Katie Mactier could quite easily be forgiven if that was her first thought as she hit the finish line after a sweltering ride against New Zealander Sarah Ulmer for the Olympic women's individual pursuit championship.
Tunnels, RACV Bike Assist, Toxic Dump, Road Rage, Carr, Alternative Fuels, Burning SUV's, RTS, Cyclist Deaths. Don't think I left anything out there?
New tunnels may justify tolls: RACV. The RACV is backing calls for a tunnel to link Melbourne's Eastern and Tullamarine Freeways.The bottleneck at the city-end of the Eastern Freeway is expected to worsen when the Mitcham-Frankston tollway opens in 2008. Local government and transport groups are predicting chaos unless a tunnel is built.
Various groups have been crapping on about versions of this proposed "tunnel" for decades!
Bike Assist RACV has developed a new road service product to assist cyclists who experience difficulties and require roadside assistance.
We were conned , say toxic waste dump opponents. Protesters at the Nowingi site of the State Government's proposed toxic waste dump near Mildura. The Federal Government may order a public inquiry into the plan.
Man accused of road rage shooting. Police have charged a man after three shots were fired at a car in Melbourne's northeast. Police allege the shooting occurred after an argument between the occupants of two cars in Heidelberg Rd, Alphington about 3pm AEST yesterday.
sydney indymedia - webcast news Orange Grove: Carr's history of bending the planning rules feeds credibility gap
.......the Planning Department drafted a Cabinet Minute and asked Minister Bob Carr to take it to Cabinet as a matter of urgency. The recommendations included legislation ...to force industry to get safe, or to get out...The draft Cabinet Minute.. did not go to Cabinet, and no legislation was enacted.....
Interest in alternative fuels : up, but not from Wall Street. When oil prices rise, public interest in alternative energy often does too. Tapping into renewable sources like wind, solar power and hydrogen, which are inexhaustible but far from inexpensive, seems to make more commercial sense when crude oil costs almost $48 a barrel.
Pasadena Star-News - News Ecoterrorism attacks 1 year later: Car dealerships recovering from arson, vandalism. One year ago today, vandals launched one of the most vicious attacks on property in state history in the San Gabriel Valley.
Arrests at capital's Reclaim The Streets demo. Ten protesters were arrested in Cardiff city centre yesterday when a street party turned to chaos.
Deceased cyclists get tribute Yesterday, about 35 cyclists took part in a solemn and silent tribute to cyclists who had been killed or injured while on the roads here. Mr Huang Yu-kang, who organised the "Ride of Silence" said participants kicked off from the Indoor Stadium Waterfront at 8am and arrived at the World Trade Centre 45 minutes later. The Singapore Air Force senior technician said he hoped the procession helped to increase awareness among other road users that "cyclists use the roads", too.
Clayton County police were searching Sunday for the hit-and-run driver who was responsible for the death of a boy who was struck while he was riding his bike.
Pardon paraphrasing a old cliche, but the picture in this article tells a thousand tears.
Sunday, August 22, 2004
The Sky is blue....
More Protesting, Peak Oil, Methyl tertiary butyl ether & SUV's....
"I notice that the peak oil event is starting to get a mention in the more daring print media. This would be good news, if it weren't for the relentlessly Pollyannistic, physically clueless responses being printed alongside to defuse any sense of alarm or urgency.... "
Joyful news from back in 1998 concerning Methyl tertiary butyl ether -- a gasoline additive Yet another oil-orientated timebomb? More recent news article on the topic:
Gas Additive Impacting Drinking Water Throughout U.S. Homeowners need to ensure that they have access to drink-able water, often referred to as "potable" water.
Hypermobility: too much of a good thing?
Right of Way? "As far as the Constitution lays it out, you've got a right to own a gun and to read a newspaper. You certainly don't have a right to drive an SUV. Yet people say this--for instance Senator Kit Bond of Missouri has declared that "government should not interfere with the people's right" to buy the largest SUVs. What right? And is there any chance this will become an issue in the fall presidential campaign? "
Free Bicycles, No Medals, NYC Protests & Retirements
Aussie cyclists miss team sprint medal
The Australian team of Ryan Bayley, Sean Eadie, and Shane Kelly has finished fourth in the
cycling men's team sprint. at the Athens Olympics. The Australians were narrowly beaten in the bronze medal race by defending Olympic champions France.
The Republican National Convention is more than a week away in NYC. The city is positively abuzz with its defiant response to the Republican Party’s neo-conservative, rightwing agenda and the party’s plans to turn midtown Manhattan into a militarized police state during the convention. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take the streets in several marches the week of the convention.
Over and out for long-serving lawman. Warrnambool police Senior Sergeant Ian Armstrong contemplates the end of his 40-year career. Armstrong can recall patrolling Russell Street in Melbourne on his pushbike.
Saturday, August 21, 2004
Problems with repeated smogbox use
Welcome to DonutLand
Western Australia - Petrol price threat as oil
Ships collide as smog shrouds Hong Kong
US - Court-ordered arbitration secretly delivered a $23.7 million payday to attorneys who successfully battled the state over
smog : smog fees wrongfully charged to 1.7 million motorists.
Victorians will pay an extra $11 a week to fill their cars as world oil prices continue to soar. The RACV called on the Federal Government to cut fuel taxes as a litre of unleaded petrol yesterday hit a record price of 108.9c.
Protest Peacefully, Get Discounts in NYC
In a bid to tame potentially disruptive protests, Bloomberg and tourism officials Tuesday offered a unique package of discounts on hotels, restaurants, plays - even cut-rate entry to the Museum of Sex - to the best-behaved demonstrators.
Vic Police should of tried a tactic like this during the 2000 WEF protests in Melbourne. Half price discounts to Wobbies World & the Werribee Zoo. Does Wobbies World still exist, somewhere.....?
"History will be kind to those who ride..."
Friday, August 20, 2004
Mr Kerry At the LBS
....And just in case the lawyers are sniffing around....
"The Bike Gallery. Stop in next time you're in Portland. Great place.
Please credit: Photograph by Charles Barry, Copyright 2004!"
Get the gang together to celebrate Pub Day on Friday August 27
A possible Pub Bicycle Users Group event? Lemme think, Curries, Carringbush, Terminus or the Nash?
4WDs 'choking globe in dust'
Cycling: Gold eases Hamilton's hard times
Tyler Hamilton had bruises splotched all over his back, painful souvenirs of a Tour de France gone terribly wrong. But Hamilton also had a red dog tag affixed to the inside of his helmet Wednesday, the memory of his golden retriever, Tugboat, keeping him company on the solo seaside sprint to victory.
Last month Hamilton had to pull out of cycling's most prestigious race in the 13th stage, after an earlier horrific crash. Then he suffered the death of his dog, a constant companion well-known in the cycling world.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
US Conference - Chautauqua Auditorium • Boulder Colorado • 10 September • Make a difference!
"Join a wide range of thinkers, planners, visionaries and concerned citizens to focus on solutions to our over-dependence on cars. At GOING we'll discuss new transportation options and address the behavioral changes needed to utilize them. GOING is a meeting of the minds that addresses the urgent need for diverse transportation systems that benefits our environment and our communities"
This should cheer you up
Time for something silly
Yes there were lots of strange gentlemen in ladies clothes too (see background)
Stray thought of the Day.
Gold-FM is supporting Elvis Costellos' next tour in Melbourne
RRR-FM is supporting George Bensons' next tour in Melbourne
Us slightly older folk are getting more alternative and younger folk more conservative.
Diesel fumes linked to cancer deaths
The convoys of trucks that ply our highways might indicate a healthy economy, but the freight industry's heavy reliance on road transport has the potential for an entirely opposite impact on those exposed to the exhaust fumes.
There's a substantial body of expert opinion to say the fine particles from diesel exhaust are the most dangerous elements of the traffic pollution that's responsible for about 1,200 deaths a year in Australia.
Pacific Hydro to punt on more wind power
That ambitious program will require the company to spend up to $1.1 billion. And, if the higher of those capacity figures is achieved, Pacific Hydro will contribute the lion's share of the roughly 1000 MW of renewable generation still to be built under the mandatory renewable energy target (MRET) subsidy scheme.
Perverting Melbourne planning
Melbourne 2030 - Planning for sustainable growth, was released in 2002 with great fanfare by Premier Steve Bracks, Transport Minister Peter Batchelor and Planning Minister Mary Delahunty. Here was a vision for the future of Melbourne that would preserve the city's famous liveability in the context of a growing population by focusing development in 115 so-called activity centres that would "reduce the number of private motorised vehicle trips".
Doctor warns cities making us sick
Plankton poo key to global warming
A wonderous story title from todays Hun.
And yesterday it was cosmic rays?!?
When it comes to global warming, Premier Carr has no clothes.
Premier Bob Carr’s outpourings on global warming have delivered him to the international stage. At a London conference in February this year, to devise policy initiatives for British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Premier regaled participants with his concerns about how “We’ll lose the Great Barrier Reef. Kakadu could be swamped with salt water. … Species extinction. Droughts hotter and drier …”
Chasing the SUV vote
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
SUV's of Belleville ....
Trishaws on first-day covers
Users keep up pressure over rail access -
The Victorian Intermodal Freight Group yesterday was cautious about the conditions under which the Bracks Government agreed to sell Victoria's rail freight operator to Pacific National. The group represents operators of intermodal terminals at Merbein, Somerton, Altona, Horsham, Tocumwal and Warrnambool.
Cosmic ray link to global warming boosted
ALP backs natural gas as oil replacement
The Age now requires you to REGISTER to read articles. Be warned!
Rapid Transit Become Top Election Issue (NZ)
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Australian track cyclists arrive
A passing comment in our household was they should wear, as part of the official teamkit, paper bags on their heads
Ultimate Bike Gear Home - Collapsible Bicycle Rain Canopy
Global warming can be curbed
Slow down, you move too fast
ic Liverpool - How pedal power can save our city
Letters-to-the-Editor - The Border Mail
Long before the much safer (but mind-numbing) assignment along the Hume Freeway nowadays, you had to put a good four to five hours of life on hold precariously perched on those single-lane stretches of Highway 31.
With 1.2m cars why not revive the train system?
Given the horrific carnage (no pun intended) since the 70's, the fact that this dialogue concerning transportation is even occuring in Lebanon is inspirational.
Carrigan wins road race gold
Monday, August 16, 2004
There goes the neighbourhood!
Silly bugger should of been watching the Womens Road Race on SBS instead of of driving a 4-cylinder shitbox, whilst drunk, into other far more expen$ive cars.
cfsmtb frontpage -- Porting Everything Over....slowly
Ok, I'm not in love with tinyurl anymore. So everything from http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/cfsmtb_frontpage/ is being slowly "ported" over. Oh joys of basic html.
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Kittys Revenge! How about a version with a avenging Leadbeaters Possum?
Imagine if *this* came hurling thru the intersection of Hoddle and Victoria Street?
Victoria 'dudded' on roads - National - www.theage.com.au
JAMA -- Global Road Safety Crisis Remedy Sought: 1.2 Million Killed, 50 Million Injured Annually, June 2, 2004, Cole 291 (21): 2531
'Sorry' signs may ward off road rage - Victorian news reported O/S
Relax, don't do it.....
CAR DRIVES YOU ROUND THE BEND
dailyrecord - THE Japanese have invented a car camera which allows motorists to 'see around bends'.:
Can it also enable drivers to see the lefthand blind spot?
Sustainable Transport Coalition: STC Newsletter: : Index
Friends of the Earth: Press Releases: : New Planning Guidance will not stop decline of town centres
Confusing? All the signs are there - National - www.theage.com.au
Irelands very own version of Irene Plowman?
Gloucestershire Council - Home of the Brave
Clover Moore - Independent Member for Bligh (and Sydney Mayor)
The Dominion: Montreal Police Shut Down Critical Mass
critical-mass international despatches
Nothing wrong with constructive criticism, if both sides are willing to listen
Sydney Critical Mass - May 2004
Couldn't resist putting a typo in there
Australia's traffic congestion is not as bad as in Britain, but both Sydney and Melbourne have problems."
All together now. ah, der fred...
Why is Scholastic, the World's Largest Supplier of Children's Books, giving a Venue to the "Dark Side?"
"On Scholastic’s own website you can find “Powering Your World” developed by Scholastic and API. These lesson plans, with corresponding student handouts even meet the national science standards-based program for grades 6-8. Kids can learn about the “Story of Gasoline” or “Energy in the World.” Oil is used in plastics, medicines and some of children’s favorite items like DVD’s. Students are warned that fossil fuels make up 85% of our nation’s energy sources. What is not discussed is most telling.
No discussion of climate change, the legacy of oil spills, or the need for renewable energy sources. In Activity one, “Make Energy Connections” a word scramble activity uses worlds like: refinery, car, nuclear plant, coal mine, electric generating plant and oil well. How about Chernobyl, strip mine, Exxon Valdez, SUV, fuel cell or windmill? They are all absent. Can’t you hear poor, old Clifford barking, “Say it ain’t so Scholastic?” How could this most trusted provider of children’s books provide legitimacy for the likes of the American Petroleum Institute? "
I am rendered speechless. Think I'm in love. I want one too.
Wall Street Scandals - Mega gif
A Work of Genius. Seriously does your head in attempting to join-the-dots
Yet another of those "cars are good for you, honest" articles.
Yep, nice copy for the advertisers and the naive public.
Saturday, August 14, 2004
by Dr Malcolm Riddoch
It looks like the peak oil message is starting to make some inroads at the state government level, at least in Western Australia. The Sustainable Transport Coalition's 'Oil: Living with Less' conference was held at the Perth Convention Centre on Monday August 9th and was opened by the state Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Ms Alannah MacTiernan."
More doom and gloom. Unfortunately it's going to make the mainstream media at some point, and what a dogs breakfast that's going to be. Re-runs of "The Good Life" back on tee-vee? We can only wait and see.
AlterNet: WireTap: Bike For Democracy
100 towns, 90 days, nine states, two wheels and one
Wish them luck.