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NOTICE November 16, 2022

If you are isolating or have symptoms please do not join the ride, or leave the ride if become unwell.

NO SHOW POLICY. If you consistently do not turn up for a ride, or are cancelling very late with no reason, you could be bumped from future rides or dropped from our meetup group. This applies if you have done this more than twice.

Please be considerate to others. We are frequently over-subscribed for rides with waitlists. If you don't think you can make a ride, please cancel during the week well before the night before to give someone else a chance to ride.

Bike Leichhardt is a community group which runs regular bike rides and seeks better cycling facilities in and around the Leichhardt area in Inner West Sydney. We also organize weekend and multi-day tours around NSW and beyond.
Bike Leichhardt warmly welcomes new riders on our rides. We cater for all fitness levels and interests with rides ranging from 20-30 km for beginners to longer and more challenging rides of 50-100 km, to a variety of destinations. Something for everyone! The first Sunday of each month is generally an Easy Ride and is suitable for beginners or those returning to cycling after a break.
All our rides are free, however we kindly request that, if you like riding with us, you become a Paid-Up/Financial Member after a couple of rides with Bike Leichhardt.
Join Bike Leichhardt
Membership is only $10 per calendar year. You can pay anytime by cash to a ride leader or electronically into our account. Details of BSB and account nos can be found on our website, or ask a ride leader. If you pay after September you get membership for the following year as well.

Please email us on treasurer@bikeleichhardt.org to say you have paid, and with your address and phone no, plus an emergency contact no. for our records.

Some of our rides are listed here: www.meetup.com/Bike-Leichhardt/ pages/20328965/Maps_and_Rides
and see them on a map here (scroll down to the bottom): www.ridewithgps.com/events/51182-bike-leichhardt-rides

Main website www.bikeleichhardt.org . We are on Facebook too, @bikeleichhardt, and tweet us on @Fractal10
Bike Leichhardt Inc is affiliated with Bicycle NSW, the peak body for cyclists in NSW. Bike Leichhardt has been an Incorporated Association since October 2010.
The old Calendar View is here, and the old Pages is here.

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Kindly put your name in the Comment box, then email Bike Leichhardt at [masked]
If you have changed any details since last year (mobile number, etc. etc.) can you kindly let us know.
If you are not a fan of internet banking, please visit any Westpac branch, but please include your surname on the deposit then send an email as detailed above.
Receipts will be emailed.

NOTE: some members are already paid up. If you are unsure, call or text Laura Cunningham, Treasurer[masked]

Harbour Bridge Ramp- support needed! Again!

Where ever you are

An urgent call out by Bicycle NSW for letters/ submissions supporting the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge ramp. See https://bicyclensw.org.au/exciting-progress-for-the-sydney-harbour-bridge-ramp/ Submissions don’t have to be long, and there are some points you can use below. It is crucial to get them in by next week-

Submissions due 19 December. Here's the link. https://caportal.com.au/tfnsw/sydney-harbour-bridge-cycleway/map?select=option-have-your-say

What's at stake?

There is a brilliant design, which won a public competition earlier this year, enabling riders of all ages, abilities and bicycle types to get across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a plan to see it done by 2024. Currently many riders are deterred by the 55 steps. The ramp will be a game-changer for liveable, walkable streets, public health, decongestion and decarbonisation.

Why we need your urgent support.

Opposition from a well-resourced NIMBY campaign threatens to derail it. They will be getting their contacts to flood TfNSW with negative submissions. This is why we're asking everyone to send their support. A one pager would be wonderful, but even 5 lines is very welcome!

A draft submission by bicycle NSW will be ready on 9 December, located in https://bicyclensw.org.au/recent-submissions/

Make your own using any of the following in a 5-minute submission-

It is Inclusive and fair. The bridge ramp supports bike riders currently blocked by the 55 stairs, including children, elderly, riders with disability, e-bikes, recumbents, cargo bikes.

It supports sustainable cities and will help decarbonise Sydney.

It is a key north-south strategic link.

It will massively boost ridership and tackle the wicked problem of congestion.

It supports people struggling with the cost of living.

It supports a culture of physical activity- a major issue, especially among children.

Alfred St gets a make-over with a dedicated cycleway, making it safer for pedestrians.

15 car parking spaces are removed for the benefit of active transport- as opposed to the passive storage of private property in public space.

It's a beautiful award winning design that compliments everybody's favourite art deco bridge.

Only 5-6 trees are removed and replaced.

Businesses benefit massively from active transport. (from 5:1 to 13:1 for every dollar spent.)

Thanks for taking the to support cycling in sydney!

On Cammeraygal country

St Leonards

Featured photo: The rock carving of a whale at Balls Head, photograph taken around 1900, held at Stanton Library North Sydney.

Meet at 9.30am on St Leonards train Station forecourt - just beyond ticket exit barriers next to the water feature. A 18km undulating scenic circuit on parts of the historic country of Cammeraygal people. To access the Harbour we ride via Waverton down hill to Balls Head. An early coffee at the Coal Loader. View the aboriginal rock carving (featured photo), then ride along the foreshore to Sawmillers Reserve, Lavender Bay, Luna Park. Ride into Kirribilli to glimpse Kirribilli House and Government House. If jacaranda are still in bloom we will ride Mc Dougal St, Kirribilli.
Three options at this point, 1) finish ride at Milsons Point Station and catch train home, 2) ride back home across the Harbour Bridge, 3) continue 5 ks with leader riding back to St Leonards Station via St Thomas Rest Park, located in West Street, Crows Nest. The Rest Park is the site of the first European burial ground, north of Sydney Harbour, established in 1845.

Hills define this ride as a 'medium' grade, but at an 'easy' pace. Many stops for photos and history. Allow 3 hrs. Approx 250 metres rough surface. Mostly narrow suburban streets, riders must be comfortable with traffic passing close by.

Bring a bike in good mechanical order, check brakes night before , and bring helmet, water, spare inner tube.

Bike Leichhardt financial (2022) members only

In the event of inclement weather the ride will be cancelled, monitor Meetup website.

Leader Wendy Jannings' on ride m[masked]

Bike Leichhardt Christmas Ride

Bar Italia

NOTE: There has been a late change to this event, the RIDE will now start from the home of Bike Leichhardt at Bar Italia. We meet from say 8.30am to 9.15am for coffee then commence the ride into the city.

We want to replicate this event from December 2019 pre Covid, it was fun last time. So, let’s decorate our bikes and ourselves, jump into a Santa suit, meet at Bar Italia to support our sponsor have coffee and a good chat. A suggestion is out there to give a prize for the best decorated outfit, we will work on it.
Bicycle New South Wales like our Christmas innovation and will take up our invitation to join us on the day. They have written to several Bugs inviting them to the Xmas Tree shoot at 11.30am and suggesting that they have a few photo shoots around the iconic sights in the city, like we will do.
Bob Moore, Jamie, and I will lead groups from Bar Italia, if you prefer you could find your own way into the city and meet the group at one of the sights. Bob has plotted a top tour into the city that will guide the group to Observatory Hill, the Opera House, and Government House, and then to the Xmas Tree in Martin Place for the photo shoot.
We apologise for changing the route, but I think you will find this route more interesting, for those on Northside we will work to put something together and advise later.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together at the end of a better year, and to meet other Bug members. BNSW also liked the idea of Lunch at the Lord Nelson and have booked the upstairs venue, so get in early and let us know if you are in, as there is a limit with seating.
So, let’s aim for a great showing from our riders, wear your jersey don your Christmas gear poke out your chest, look good and enjoy the day.

Bob Moore:[masked]
Mike MacDonald:[masked]
Jamie Honan:[masked]

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