Tenuous Infrastructure – The Sequel

Wollongong Cycling Billboard

Last month I wrote an extensive article about some new ‘temporary’ infrastructure being trialled in my home town of Wollongong NSW.

I began by saying that I didn’t want to make a habit of writing about back-yard stories. I intend for the Micromobility…

Electric Cars Not So Great – Planning Minister Says

Tesla Car

Sydney, NSW NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes has warned Sydney risks being enslaved to cars as he becomes the third senior minister to offer a view on how the state government should deal with the public uptake of electric vehicles. Senior ministers are divided over how best to spur the take-up of electric vehicles while…

Trail Towns TV Set to Launch on SBS

Paul Van Der Ploeg and Deiter Kashnitz

Sydney, NSW A new TV series, highlighting the best cycling destinations around Australia launched on SBS TV on Saturday 5th June at 4pm. Episode one featured Canberra followed by a further five episodes in the initial series. These include destinations stretching from Western Australia’s southern forests through to Victoria’s High Country and many trails in…

The Tenuous Life of Temporary Infrastructure

Wollongong, NSW  Covid-19 has brought tragedy on a global scale, which I don’t want to disrespect in any way, but it has also brought unexpected opportunities.  Specifically, in relation to micromobility, we’ve seen ‘temporary’ infrastructure, literally popping up in cities all over the world. Over the coming months and years, the battles will be fought, city by city to either make permanent or discard each…

Sydney Harbour Bridge Concept Plans Finally Released

Sydney, NSW  After years of delays to the long-awaited project, NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, revealed the final concepts for the Milsons Point ramp.  Release of the designs comes weeks after Transport for NSW refused to reveal the options to the public because its staff wouldn’t have been able to cope with the volume of expected feedback.…

Rail Trail Benefits Shine Through in New Video

Tumbarumba, NSW  Bicycle NSW, Rail Trails Australia and Rail Trails for NSW have collaborated to produce an excellent five minute video that gives a compelling argument for the benefits of new rail trails.  A wide range of local business owners and council members give their first-hand experience of the impacts upon their businesses and community since the Tumbarumba…

Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway Options Kept Secret

Sydney, NSW  As of April 2021, plans for Sydney Harbour Bridge’s long-awaited northern cycleway are being deliberately withheld from the general public partly because the state government can’t cope with the volume of expected feedback.  Despite remaining largely silent on their plans, three years since community opposition sidelined the project, transport bureaucrats say releasing a range of…

When Will Our Governments Start Joining the Dots?

Spin Scooter

In this article I’ll look at two recent decisions by two different governments, that are equally disturbing for a slightly differing set of reasons.

Banning Scooter Trials: Andrew Constance has deep roots in the Bega region on NSW’s far south coast. In the 1860’s his great-great-grandfather, James Constance, drove a team of bullocks through the Bega Valley and settled there as a bush pioneer until his death in 1912. Andrew Constance told this story in greater detail during his maiden speech to the NSW parliament on 21st May 2003.

In that same maiden speech he said, “The broader policy questions about the environment mean surely it is time to dare our Government and citizens to consider every option…”