Tag Archive for cycling

Speeding fines for cyclists?

Glenelg

Cycling along the Coastal Park, Glenelg, November 2013.

This article in The Australian about proposed speeding fines for cyclists in the Holdfast Bay area got my back up a little bit. Surely there’s got to be a better solution than just fining people?

Perhaps instead of a shared pathway, why not separate the pathway so that bikes and and pedestrians use different sections? There are already two pathways along part of the section near Glenelg Beach. Top path for bikes, bottom path for pedestrians.

Will the council consider fining runners who are faster than 10 km an hour?

It would be great to have a dedicated bike corridor through/around the congested area near the beach.

However, if the proposed ‘speeding’ fines went directly into finishing the pathway that might be a different story… but it seems that money isn’t the only issue.

2012 - http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/coast-path-hits-yet-another-hurdle-as-charles-sturt-council-receives-second-petition-calling-for-stop-to-works/story-e6frea83-1226462324248

2013 - http://www.news.com.au/national/south-australia/grange-tennyson-residents-up-in-arms-over-charles-sturt-coast-path-in-front-of-their-beachfront-homes/story-fnii5yv4-1226704098496

 

Parkinson’s is bloody expensive

Yesterday I was talking to the CEO of Parkinson’s SA about a cycling fundraiser for Parkinson’s research. She’s keen to give something a go.

How many people out there would be interested in supporting it by riding, sponsoring, volunteering.

Parkinson’s needs more visibility in the community. Sure, it’s not cancer and it doesn’t kill people but its long term, degenerative physical disability and the gap payments for deep brain stimulation can be $14,000 or more.

How many of you know someone with Parkinson’s? That’s right, you probably don’t, because not even 0.3 % of Australia’s population have Parkinson’s.

Because of the high expense of the treatment people have to sell their houses and cars to afford the cost of treatment. These are people who have been paying private health insurance their entire lives. What’s with that?

Something has to change.

Oxford Libraries

Oxford

Oxford is a lovely town and I have to admit that I’m a little in awe of the University experience that people get when they attend the University of Oxford. My main reason to go there was to visit the Bodleian Library and go on an extended tour of the library. I’m going to be honest and admit that I was a little disappointed with the tour. Perhaps it was because I’m a librarian and have a different perspective..? Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any photos inside the original Bodleian Library, or the Radcliffe Camera. I was astonished to discovered that each college has its own library as well! In fact, I just found a list of over 100 Oxford University Libraries and College libraries. If a job swap opportunity ever came up, I’d been keen to live there for 6 months (over summer please :).

Oxford

Catching up with Sarah, the older sister of a girl I went to high school with, and a Librarian at the Radcliffe Science Library was a highlight. Lunch at The Ashmolean Museum was fantastic. Great food and some wonderful exhibits. Talking shop and trading work stories is always great. Sarah’s working on the Oxford University Research Archive and wasn’t impressed to hear about Higher Education Research Data Collection codes. I did point her in the direction of the Swinburne repository and CRO.