SBUG Christmas Party

We are now taking bookings and monies for our annual party to be held at Portside restaurant (indoors), Huskisson on Saturday evening 9th December.
Prices for three courses – $35 members and $45 non members if accompanied by a member. ie, if you and your non-member partner come it will be $80 total.

Please pay by direct deposit to BSB  633000  ACC  156821456
REMEMBER YOU MUST PUT YOUR NAME IN THE REFERENCE BOX WHEN PAYING.

We have booked out the whole restaurant but numbers are limited. Pay now and don’t miss out!

Menu and other details to follow.

Learn to Ride Sussex Inlet Launched

The project received funding from three partners including $20,000 from the Gilmore Stronger Communities Program Federal Funding from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; $5000 from Sussex Inlet Rotary and the bulk of the funding $65,000 from Shoalhaven City Council’s minor improvements budget.

Mayor Amanda Findley is very thankful for the funding, “We would like to thank the Federal Government and Sussex Inlet Rotary for supporting the project to ensure children can learn to ride their bikes safely, off the roads, in a simulated road environment.  This facility educates children on road safety, provides enjoyment, as well as peace of mind to parents. The extra funding and support is very much appreciated to allow us to build something for the children and parents in the area.”

Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said she was delighted to support a facility that teaches children how to ride a bike and bike rules, “It is great to see this project come to together, it will be an important community asset offering both a fun environment for young people and the opportunity to practice their skills,” she said.

Council worked side by side with the community in consulting with their needs holding onsite meetings with community group representatives and local primary school students to examine the need for a Learn to Ride facility and potential new sites.  Site investigations specifically focused on public reserves with existing recreation facilities and how to minimise the requirement for vegetation removal.

Review of BIKE WEEK 2017

On Sunday 17th September, 50 riders joined our Bike Week ride from Huskisson to Plantation Point, Vincentia and return. The day was fine and sunny with a light breeze. Riders of all ages and abilities enjoyed an easy ride along the shared pathway beside the picturesque Jervis Bay. Thanks to Shoalhaven City Council, Bicycle NSW and Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group members for organising and supporting this annual event.

   

Photo #1.  Peter Hewlett, SBUG Rides Coordinator, Nam Collins, Bicycle NSW, Sharon Liddicoat, Shoalhaven City Council and Menno Van Doorn SBUG Ride Leader.

Photo #2. Riders at the halfway point of the ride, Plantation Point, Vincentia.

For more photos of the event go to the website Gallery.

BIKE WEEK 2017

Fun and friendly cycling events around the Shoalhaven

Get active Shoalhaven – It’s Bike Week!  Shoalhaven City Council is inviting the community to jump on your bike and join fun filled rides around the Shoalhaven area during NSW Bike Week which is held from 16-24 September 2017.

NSW Bike Week is an annual celebration of cycling which aims to:

  • Increase the use of local cycling infrastructure for transport and recreation
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for new and less confident cyclists to improve their cycling skills
  • Educate the community on the importance of road safety and road rules
  • Promote cycling as a safe and healthy mode of transport for short trips.

There are two NSW Bike Week events in the Shoalhaven:

Saturday 16 September from 2pm Dolphin Point.  Join an easy paced mountain bike ride through the pristine National Park enjoying the terrain and the wonders of nature. On your return, enjoy lunch and cook a BBQ or have a picnic using BBQ facilities available in the park. Meet at 2pm at Lions Club Park, Dolphin Point. Mountain bikes are advisable. Suitable for beginners.

Sunday 17 September 2017 from 9am Huskisson.  Join an easy flat bike ride from Huskisson to Plantation Point. Flat roads and generous shared pathways will make your ride enjoyable while you take in the breathtaking scenery of Jervis Bay.  The ride is 12 km from White Sands Park (next to Huskisson Pub) Huskisson where you meet at 9am to ride to Plantation Point and return. On return, support the Jervis Bay Lions Club who will be providing lunch (at your own expense) at White Sands Park.

Transport for NSW, in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services has provided funding for Shoalhaven City Council to run Bike Week events. A special thank you to Mountain Cycles (Ulladulla), Milton Ulladulla Mountain Bike Club and Shoalhaven Bicycle Users Group (SBUG) for supporting these events.

For further information please contact Shoalhaven City Council’s Traffic Unit on Tel: 4429 3625.

Driver Education, Training and Road Safety

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry – Driver Education, Training and Road Safety

Watch for cyclists sign

In February, Bicycle NSW along with 75 other bodies, made a submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry in to Driver Education, Training and Road Safety. You can read our submission on the NSW Parliament Inquiry website.

Our main recommendations were:

  • To include approved bicycle safety courses in the total training hours for Learners that count towards their logbook.
  • Driver Education be included as a compulsory part of the Year 10 PDHPE curriculum in NSW High Schools
  • Include a Vulnerable Road Users component in the Learner rules testing and practical examination
  • For NSW Drivers to undergo a computer based Rules test every 5 years which must include a Vulnerable Road Users component
  • A high priority be given to ongoing driver education through effective media campaigns
  • Transport infrastructure projects to include a component for the Positive Provision of Active Transport Infrastructure
  • The bicycle infrastructure component of the total transport infrastructure budget be raised to 5%

On May 22nd, we appeared alongside the Amy Gillett Foundation and the Australian Cycle Alliance, to present further to the inquiry on our recommendations and need for greater education across all road users.

The topic has garnered significant media interest resulting in news articles and radio interviews.

We spoke to 2HD Newcastle ahead of the hearing and discussed the proposal and the work our local affiliated BUG, Newcastle Cycleways Movement have been doing in pushing for the CycleSafe Network.

We will continue to update our members and stakeholders as the outcomes from the Inquiry are made available.

BNSW Spring Cycle – 15th October, 2017

Spring Cycle returns to Sydney on the 15th October and the 2017 ride will be bigger and better than ever!

The 10km Sydney City Ride, 50km Classic Ride and 105km Challenge Ride will once again take you over the Sydney Harbour Bridge main deck car free, past the Opera House and into the historic Rocks area. The 10km Ride will finish in Pyrmont while the 50km and 105km rides will continue through the eclectic Inner West suburbs and finish at Sydney Olympic Park.

This year also sees the introduction of the 16km River Ride, perfect for families and novice riders who are keen to explore the wonderful cycleway along the Parramatta River. This ride will start in Parramatta Park and finish in the festival atmosphere of Sydney Olympic Park with the 50km and 105km ride.

From beginners to seasoned cyclists, Spring Cycle is one of the best days you will experience in the saddle. Join Bicycle NSW and 10,000 plus riders for the event that shows off Sydney like no other!

SBUG Trip away in Canberra – 22nd October, 2017

From 22 to 27 October SBUG members will be visiting Canberra for a few days cycling. There will be various rides to cater for all levels of riders. All rides will be suitable for Road or Mountain bikes. All SBUG members are welcome. Contact Les or Anne Cornish on 0413 389 376 for more details.

SBUG Weekend away in Bermagui – 25th August, 2017

SBUG members are planning a weekend away to Bermagui on 25, 26 & 27 August, 2017. Rides on Friday afternoon, Saturday & Sunday varying from easy short rides to longer more challenging rides in this picturesque coastal area and the surrounding farm land. Rides are suitable for Road or Mountain bikes. All members are welcome. Contact Wayne Beckenham on (02) 4423 7430 for more information.