Amy Gillett farewelled at funeral
Cyclist farewelled with mountain of love
Australian Cycling Federation: Amy Gillett-Safe Foundation
Finally, the last thing I'll say to the people who don't believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics, I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry you can't dream big and I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.
I believed Madonna del Ghisallo was the 'patroness' of cyclists. St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. Idly ponder for a moment; fixies, all*yc*t rides, positive multi-pluristic attitude....and next Friday night is Cr*t*cal M*ss. Yes, now it makes perfect sense. Email this lad for details.
Did someone say 'all*yc*t'? Spread the good word for the St Francis 'Fun Ride' this 29 July 2005. Checkpoints announced on the night. Out of towner/non-courier friendly. Cash prizes and schwag, and hopefully a custom bag to the winner! Say your prayers and join the mass - not the critical one. forward the message and go in peace. amen. www.fyxomatosis.com
Not everyones cup of tea
Random roadside drug testing showing one in 50 drivers are on drugs has shocked Victorian road safety authorities. Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said today she was surprised by the outcome of the first six months of the year-long trial. A total of 7207 drivers were tested in the first six months of this year, with 145 testing positive for methamphetamines, cannabis, or both. The strike rate of one in 50 compares with one in 250 drivers caught for drink-driving by roadside breathalyser tests. (more in article)Why can't folks exercise impulse control, stay home and desist from inflicting their problems upon others? There's a proper place for this behaviour, at home, preferably the lounge room. (subtle reference to entry below) Seriously though, has Australian road culture simply "progressed" from the 6 0'Clock Swill to covert chemical substances? Ok, cheap shots or flippancy aside, this is scary stuff. Stoner motorists on methamphetamines. Now that chills my blood.
There is something we can do. Look around at what other drivers are doing. Look around (preferably when stopped at lights) and then get angry, very angry, at the selfish fools who persist in talking on mobile phones on the road seven years after it was made illegal. Researchers have likened the risks for drivers using mobiles to driving with a blood-alcohol limit about the legal limit of .05. Yet still people yap away while steering with one hand, attention split between car and call.
So, this morning when this vexing issue was being discussed on Jon Faine's program, wasn't it shitful to hear that the VicRoads spokesperson was calling in live, via his car and mobile? Ignorant prick.
"I want to say one thing: This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful, it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners," "That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith, it's mass murder. We know what the objective is. They seek to divide London."
"Black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindus and Jews, young and old," he said. It was an "indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, class, religion whatever."
Then addressing the attackers Livingston vowed: "I know that you do fear you may fail in your long term objective: to destroy our free society. And I will show you why you will fail. In the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports and look at our railways." "Nothing you do, however many of us you kill will stop that life ... where freedom is strong and people can live in harmony ... whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.”UPDATE: Mayor condemns 'cowardly' act: London Mayor Ken Livingstone was visibly shaken as he delivered a speech in response to the bombings. Read it in full here
The intersection at Clifton Hill where Queen's Parade, Lower Heidelberg Rd and High meet is a nightmare for cyclists. Cars and bikes don't mix well at the best of times. However, at this location only the very best defensive driving from both parties is enough to avoid tragedy. As a cyclist I have nearly lost my life twice at this intersection. The intersection is big, busy,and fast; it's never going to be particularly safe for cyclists. However, the worst problem is when bikes are travelling east, trying to continue into Lower Heidelberg Rd from Queens Parade.Vehicles wanting to turn left into High St are inevitably going to clash with bikes going straight ahead. In a situation like this a complete rework of the intersection is called for, but a simpler alternative maybe to erect flashing "give way to cyclists" signs along with a clearly painted bikepath. If a messy death is to be avoided, fixing this interesection must be an extreme priority. Not to attend to it is baiting fate and is not in keeping with the good work VicRoads and local councils have done to make cycling a safer alternative. Roger Barnett, Heidelberg West.Annoyed? Concerned? Peeved? Nifty Tips to get you started:
Here we go again! 5 days to go! The next Melbourne Flash Mob will be this coming Saturday around 3pm@ a secret location possibly within central melbourne, but possibly not. In order to receive notification/instructions on the day you'll need to submit valid details sometime this week www.melbourneflashmob.org - once I find those darn keys to open up the subscription facility again of course! Should be open within 24 hours. Also, feel free to send the word out to any email lists you thinkwould be interested. The more flash mobbers we have the more stunned the passers by will be. If you know anyone else that might be interested in participating, don't forget to let them know, too. Happy happy joy joy!
Discussion du fonctionnaire: aus.bicycle TdF
Salutations fellow nutjob's, opps, tifosi. To your bicycles, teevee & computer monitors! Le handy links to keep you informed, over excited and sleepless for the next month!
:: Le Site Officiel
:: Le FD's Definitive Guide to Setting Your VCR/DVD Correctly for Australian Eastern Standard Time
:: Le SBS - All stages live on SBS from 2-25! Tres bon!
:: Le Cycling News
:: Le Daily Peloton
:: Le TdF blog
:: Le Bicycling
:: Le Googling for Tour News
Le Local Stuff
Le Events at Cafe Racer, Belgian Beer Cafe Cycling Club, MBTC, Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club, the St Kilda Cycling Club Peloton Ball. Or ask around for who's got the biggest telly/beer fridge etc. If you've got a Melbourne TdF thing planned, drop management a email & we'll post it up.
Enjoy a Radler or two
Le PubBUG ? Er um, a event will be possibly organised when we can be arsed. Le Goatage this Friday 8th July. Usual Goat place. Le beverages and light refreshments available on premises. La Ladies & Le Gentlemen welcome, but please polite and bring a bicycle.
IN BREAKING NEWS, Le Big Red Fat Cat will be providing a CILEO Web-Exclusive with a Stage by Stage commentary. Stay tuned.
The cfsmtb version finds our heroine severely pissed off, politically disillusioned, and suffering from two forms of chronic tourettes. Dare mention the words Labor Unity within earshot and she goes totally berserka. Not work safe at all.