Active Streets: the inclusion of Cycle2city in Sustainable Brisbane

Going green to get around is the single, most effective way we can help transform Brisbane into a sustainable city”.   

Brisbane City Council, Our Clean, Green, Sustainable City 2017 – 2031.

 

Environmental sustainability is just one of the many benefits of cycling to work. Along with reducing congestion, making the city more liveable, and being a cost-effective means of transportation, most importantly, it promotes healthy living and wellbeing.

The Brisbane City Council’s 2017 – 2031 Sustainable Strategy initiative to reduce congestion, fossil fuel consumption and emissions, has a large focus on expanding active transport networks, particularly for cyclists. Specifically, the council suggests that end of trip facilities are key to promoting active transport. The plan mentions Cycle2city as the first major end-of-trip facility in Australia, and the pivotal role end-of trip facilities, such as Cycle2city, have in promoting active transport.

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The Sustainable Strategy plan suggests, “To effectively compete with cars, walking or catching public transport around Brisbane must be safe, convenient, affordable and enjoyable.”

Image: http://www.cyclelaw.com.au/push-for-brisbane-cbd-bike-paths/

 

The Council’s plan to expand the city’s active transport networks incorporates the following steps:

 

  • Commence a new $100 million bikeway infrastructure program to create connections in Brisbane’s top employment areas and improve bikeway links across Woolloongabba, Toowong, Kangaroo Point and Indooroopilly.

 

  • Integrating cycling opportunities into major road projects such as the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.

 

  • Continue to convert key suburban streets linking homes to shops, schools, parks and other important places to ‘shadeways’ with more large street trees and better footpaths.

 

  • Transform major arterial roads and key streets in the city core into shady, people-focused subtropical boulevards.

 

  • Use new development to expand and fill in missing gaps in walking and cycling networks across the city.

At Cycle2city, we promote active transport and living by providing cost effective, state-of-the-art end of trip facilities that make commuting by bike or walking/running enjoyable and efficient. It is facilities, like Cycle2city, that are pivotal for maintaining the sustainability of our beautiful city.

For more information on the Council’s Sustainable City plan, visit the article via the link

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/be-clean-green-brisbane/brisbane-clean-green-sustainable-2017-2031


WIN a VIP Experience Private Ride with Phil Liggett

One lucky cycle2city member will win a Once in a lifetime opportunity to ride with the legendary Phil Liggett on the beautiful Gold Coast.

The Jewel Residences Oceanway Ride in 2017 boasts 3 extraordinary courses which have been designed to encapsulate the Gold Coast’s world renowned Coastline and beautiful unspoilt Hinterland.

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credit: Facebook Oceanway Ride. Jewel Residences Oceanway Ride KOM & QOM

*The Sea to the Summit Gran Fondo, a 95km journey from Surfers Paradise Beach to the Gold Coast’s breathtaking hinterland, a ride that will challenge cyclists, similar to what you would expect on a European Circuit. This course also includes a King and Queen of the Mountain Challenge up Oxenford Tamborine Road.

*The Ultimate Oceanway Ride, a 55km journey from Surfers Paradise to Point Danger, a spectacular Journey along the Gold Coast’s Coastline.

*The Little Legs Criterium, a 250m closed road circuit on the foreshore of Surfers Paradise for our most precious cyclists. An experience that will ignite cycling in children and create an experience that children, along with their parents will never forget.

 

One Lucky cycle2city member to win VIP Phil Liggett Experience

In addition to the spectacular events on Saturday 9th September, 2017.  The once in a lifetime opportunity to ride with the legendary Phil Liggett is open to only 20 people on Friday, September 8th. cycle2city *members have the opportunity to win a ticket to the amazing Jewel Residences VIP Experience.

This extraordinary opportunity includes:

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credit: Facebook Oceanway Ride. Jewel Residences VIP Experience with Phil Liggett. Presented by Salerno Law.
  • VIP / Private Ride with the “Voice of Cycling” Phil Liggett plus other local sporting heroes.
  • Exclusive Lunch with Phil Liggett.
  • Jewel Residences Oceanway Ride Jersey
  • Escort Vehicles and support team.

Not only does the lucky winner get to take part in the Jewel Residences VIP Experience, they also have the option to take a friend for only $600. That’s $1000 worth of prizes!

 

 

How to Enter:

Existing members:
  • Existing financial cycle2city *members on 1st July, 2017 = 1 entry
New members:
  • New cycle2city *members who sign up between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017 = 1 entry

Bonus entries:

Between 1st July 2017 – 31 July 2017 eligible *members can earn bonus tickets into the draw:
Facebook bonus entries
  • Like the cycle2city Facebook page = 1 entry
  • Like and comment on a cycle2city competition post= 1 entry
  • Review cycle2city = 1 entry
  • Share a cycle2city competition post= 1 entry
  • Check in to cycle2city = 1 entry
Instagram
  • Follow @cycle2city = 1 entry
  • Tag @cycle2city in your cycling photos = 1 entry
  • Comment on a @cycle2city post = 1 entry
Strava
  • Join the ‘King George Square Cycle Centre’ Strava Club = 1 entry
  • Join in a discussion on the ‘King George Square Cycle Centre’ Strava Club = 1 entry
Refer a friend bonus:
  • Refer a friend or family member to cycle2city.  If your friend or family member signs up to a cycle2city *membership between 1st July 2017 – 31st July 2017 – you gain 3 extra entries into the draw
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credit: Facebook Oceanway Ride.

Competition time frame:  The competition starts 6am 1st July 2017 and will close at 8pm 31st July 2017.  The winner will be drawn on 4th August 2017 by cycle2city staff, the decision will be final.  Entries:  You must comply with the cycle2city membership requirements in order for your entry to be valid.  *Member: A cycle2city member is considered to be a financial member who has purchased a 20 visit pre-paid card; entered into a 3/6/12 month contract or hold a current upfront paid membership 6/13months. Membership must be active between 1st July 2017-31 July 2017 to be valid. New cycle2city members qualify when they have met the *member requirement.  Disqualification:  cycle2city reserve the right to disqualify any entrants or entries where we reasonably suspect any unlawful or improper conduct or such that has been a breach of the competition terms and conditions.  Privacy: Please refer to the cycle2city Privacypolicy for further information Notification:  The winner will be notified by phone and email on the day of the draw.  The winner’s name will be announced on the cycle2city blog and will be shared on the cycle2city Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter account.  With the winner’s permission, cycle2city will post a photo of the winner accepting their prize to the cycle2city Instagram account and will be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Costs and Expenses: The winner acknowledges that should they choose to accept the additional VIP Experience ticket that the discounted cost of $600 is payable by the winner and not by cycle2city, Oceanway Ride or other associated stakeholders. The entrants are responsible for any and all expenses that they incur in entering the competition and will not be reimbursed for any costs incurred as a result of entering the competition regardless of the circumstances. Prizes:  1 x Oceanway Ride Jewel Residences VIP Experience ticket, held on Friday 8th September, 2017 (valued at $800) plus the option to purchase a second ticket for $600. Further details of experience can be found here. The prizes are subject to conditions imposed by the supplier.


Common myths about every day nutrition busted

Healthy dietary intake is important for the maintenance of general health and wellness, the prevention of chronic illness, the optimization of life expectancy, and the clinical management of virtually all disease states.

Dietary myths (i.e., concepts about nutrition that are poorly supported or contradicted by scientific evidence) may stand in the way of healthy dietary intake.

Below are some common diet and nutrition misconceptions proven as ‘myths’ by scientific research and studies.

 

  1. Myth: Avoid carbohydrates to lose weight

Fact: Carbohydrates are the preferred energy source of the body; this means that they are ‘burned’ for energy first. Weight loss during a diet low in carbohydrates can usually be attributed to the decreased caloric intake typical to these diets, rather than the decreased carbohydrate diet. Furthermore, the initial weight loss seen in these diets is caused by the body burning stored glycogen (carbohydrate) for energy, which releases water so the loss is only a water shift and not an actual weight loss. Ultimately, in order to lose weight, a low caloric, balanced and well-rounded diet including low GI carbohydrates, healthy fats, lean protein, and plenty of fruit and vegetables may be beneficial.

 

  1. Myth: Taking multi-vitamins is necessary for health benefits

multivitamin cycle2city end of trip showers towels bike storageFact: In a balanced, western diet, supplementing with vitamins and minerals is generally not necessary; we gain adequate amounts of these through our diet!

Supplementing as a part of a healthy, well-nourished diet is unnecessary and costly, and may even be harmful (in high doses) to our health.

However, supplements do have a role to play for some groups of people. For instance, people with mal-absorption problems, such as diarrhoea, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis or pancreatitis, can benefit from supplements. Supplements should only be taken under the advice of a doctor or accredited dietician, and should never replace a balanced diet.

 

  1. good fats cycle2city end of trip showers towels bike storageMyth: All fats are bad

Fact: Fats are vital in a healthy diet; they aid in nutrient absorption, nerve transmission, maintenance of cell membranes and vitamin absorption. Some fats promote good health while others increase the risk for heart disease. Try to replace the bad fats (saturated and trans) with the good fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated), and keep to the recommended dietary intake levels.

 

  1. Myth: Skipping meals can help you lose weight

Fact: When you skip a meal, your body slows down your metabolism to compensate for the lack of food. Our bodies are smart and programmed for survival. Severely limiting calories can make your body think it’s entering a famine, and that it needs to do more with fewer calories. Your body adapts to the restricted caloric intake, and uses fewer calories to perform the same tasks. A better approach is to eat small, frequent meals and snacks to keep your blood sugar balanced.

 

  1. Myth: Wheat is a dietary no-no

wheat cycle2city end of trip showers towels bike storageFact: The evidence says . . . Grain based foods, such as wheat, rye, barley and oats, provide many important nutrients for the body and can help manage body weight. Grains provide essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and dietary fibre, all of which are important nutrients for a healthy diet. Eating whole grain foods help people stay fuller for longer, which is good news for

anyone wishing to lose or maintain weight. There is also strong evidence that eating foods made from whole grains is linked with a lower body weight, a smaller waist circumference and a reduced

risk of becoming overweight.

 

  1. Myth: A diet of green tea and chilli peppers will boost metabolism

Fact: No magic food will speed up metabolism. Some studies have shown that green tea and hot chillies temporarily boost metabolic rates, but the effect is minimal and does not surpass benefits from a healthy diet and regular exercise. The path to healthy weight loss is through portion control and a balanced diet filled with nutrient-rich food, not through a diet doused with green tea.

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  1. Myth: Drinking while eating can cause weight gain

Fact: The theory behind this misconception is that digestive juices and enzymes will be diluted by the fluid, and as a consequence slow down the digestion and lead to excess body fat. However, there is no scientific evidence to back this up. In fact, evidence suggests that drinking water with your meal improves digestion and can help control portion control of food through feeling fuller.

 

Poached eggs with Dukkah on Rye

Ingredients

bike storageAvocado to spread

Handful of baby spinach

1-2 slices of tomato (grilled or raw – personal preference wins)

1 cube of Goats Cheese crumbled (optional) – Try Meredith Dairy marinated Goats cheese.

1 poached egg

1 tsp of Dukkah

Squeeze of lemon

 

Method:  Spread Avocado on Rye.  Layer with spinach, tomato, goats cheese and egg.  Sprinkle Dukkah on top and a little squeeze of lemon.  Sit down and enjoy.

credit sources:
https://daa.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Health-experts-expose-nutrition-myths-FINAL.pdf

http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/weight-loss/tips-for-weight-loss/metabolism-myths-and-facts

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/vitamins-common-misconceptions

http://www.uwmedicine.org/patient-resources/nutrition-services/nutrition-myths


Cycling Anzacs

Today, Australia stops to remember our veterans. Soldiers past and present and their families, for all they have sacrificed in an effort to protect the freedom we have.

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Australian Cycling Corps c 1915 Broadmeadows, Victoria – source: Australian War Memorial

Cycling soldiers have played a significant part in our Australian Defence Force. From the early 1900’s cyclists were used as scouts during the Boer War. During WWI approximately 3000 men served in the Australian Cycling Corps, while deployed to the front line, many would not have served in operational units.   Though this didn’t stop them from being exposed to regular bombings from artillery and aircraft.  Cyclists operated in similar a fashion to cavalry, patrolling and carrying out reconnaissance.  It turned out they were unsuitable for this role as the trench mud and rubble was not very forgiving on the bicycles.  The soldiers didn’t rest there though, they laid communication cable, undertook traffic control, unloaded stores, harvested crops and assisted in burials until the Australian Corps Cyclist Battalion was disbanded in April 1919.

 

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Mates for Mates on The Big Battlefield Ride with Helping Heros – source Helping Heroes Facebook page

While no longer on the front line, bicycles continue to play an important role in our current Defence Force.  Soldiers both within Australia and overseas use them as a popular method of transport to move around barracks. One of the most significant roles bicycles now play in the life of our veterans, is helping rehabilitate through the Big Battlefield Ride with Mates4Mates, a 560km ride along the Western Front held in conjunction with Britain’s Help for Heroes.

To learn more about the role of Anzac cyclists, the historical account, Cycling to War, traces the formation of the units and the involvement that the Australian and New Zealand Cyclist Corps had in our war history.

 

Lest we forget

 

Sources: Australian War Memorial; digger history; Navy Daily; abc news; Help for Heroes; mates4mates.


Frequency Illusion, road tripping and cyclists

On March 28th I wrote this blog in order to have it ready for posting today. At the time I was an avid dot watcher, totally taken in by the strength of the Indian Pacific Wheel Racers. A race that caught the attention of so many. Cyclist or not, computer screens across the globe were alight with flashing dots watching these amazing people ride from Freemantle, WA to Sydney, NSW.   I was in total awe not only of their physical capabilities but their individual resilience and mental toughness.

Australian open roadAt approximately 6.30am, Friday March, 31, the race changed. It was no longer about how far the dots had moved but about how one dot had stopped moving. A race that had captivated so many had changed, it was now about the loss of Mike Hall, second place rider in the #IPWR. A man, that before the race I did not know of. Like so many others I felt I had come to know a little part of him, I admired his spirit, his grit and most of all his smile that didn’t seem to waiver no matter the terrain. When I read the news that a fatality had occurred, I sat stunned, tears streaming down my cheeks, my children asked me what was wrong, I had no words.

I recently read a piece from Craig Fry, it touched a nerve, I too ride with my children and while I’m not in the same riding category as Craig I have the same fears he wrote about – allowing my children to move from the path to the road is a mammoth ask.  Not only am I looking and listening out for my own safety, I now have 3 other little people I need to keep safe.

Mike Hall’s tragic accident leaves us all with questions, how? Why? What? Some we may never know the answers too, what we do know though is that we need to raise positive awareness of cyclists on our roads. We’re all someone’s mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother, cousin, friend, lover, wife, husband…to someone we are their everything. How do we change the current attitude of all road users?

AWARENESS is a start….we all need to be aware of who is behind, in front and beside us on the road, regardless of the vehicle type, we are all road users and need to be aware of each other. What if just by playing road trip games you can increase the awareness of cyclists on the road?

Punch BuggyThis is where ‘frequency illusion’ or ‘Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon’, comes into play. What is this? Well have you every played punch buggy? You know, see a VW Beetle and punch the passenger beside you while calling ‘PUNCH BUGGY’. Have you noticed how this game heightens your awareness of these cars on the road? That is exactly what frequency illusion is. It’s the ‘phenomenon’ in which people who learn or notice something, start seeing it everywhere. It doesn’t mean that all of a sudden there are more VW Beetles on the road, it just means that you now have a heightened awareness for these cars. So why not use this phenomenon to heighten awareness of cyclists on the road!

Road trip games can be an easy way to pass the time while on a long or short trip, something to keep the passengers entertained so the driver can concentrate on driving. Why not mix up some common road trip games or introduce some new ones this Easter. Try out these ideas. You just wait and see how frequency illusion kicks in after playing these.

  • Counting cyclists, simple yet affective.  It really is that simple, you can simply count how many cyclists you see on road trips or mix it up a little.  2 points for a bicycle, 1 point for a motorcycle and a bonus 10 points for a tandem bicycle…yes we do see these. You can set a point goal, or just try and achieve maximum points until you reach your destination.  First to see calls it, as you can guess this one can get a little heated, be ready for a good debate over who saw what first.
  • Traffic cricket – We choose red for our wicket (it is my favourite colour after all).  Passenger one will start the count (we count any road user, cyclist; motorcycle; car; truck etc), passenger one will continue to count road users until they encounter RED (a red car, red truck, rider wearing or riding a red bike etc).  Passenger two then starts their count until they encounter RED.  The game continues for as long as you like.  The passenger with the highest count during their innings wins!
  • Spotto – An old favourite. See a yellow car and call ‘SPOTTO’, well why not get creative. We’ve come up with many more names like: Fairy Floss – pink; Booger – Green; Crusty Demon – Motorcycle and Wheelie – cyclist. Kids are very creative; if you’re ever stuck for ideas ask a little one for help.
  • Cyclist silence – Everyone in the car must remain silent until someone spots a cyclist. Not going to lie, this is one of my favourites.
  • Cyclist story – Remember the shopping game…I went to the shops and bought a……. Well same idea different base.
    • Step 1 – see a cyclist and give him/her a name.
    • Step 2 – passenger 1: This is Sam, Sam went for a ride and saw a purple people eater
    • Step 3 – passenger 2: Sam went for a ride and saw a purple people eater and a Brisbane Bronco
    • Step 4 – passenger 3: Sam went for a ride and saw a purple people eater, a Brisbane Bronco and a truck carting seals etc etc
    • Carry on until a) you see another cyclist or b) someone can’t remember something in story. A new game then kicks off.

Remember these are passenger games! Be mindful of your driver and avoid distractions.

There are so many avenues to available to bring about positive changes for all road uses. Organisations such as Space for cycling Brisbane and local BUG’s (Bicycle User Groups) proactively seek change. Get involved help make positive changes in your community to make the road safe for all users. Speak to your local member and let them know of concerns in your community.

Let us know what you do to promote safe cycling in your community.

EasterHappy Easter from the team at cycle2city.  Remember, Easter chocolate is calorie free – ok it’s not but I’ll keep telling myself that.


Beating the Breakfast Blues.

Breakfast on the go: tips and ideas!

According to the Dieticians Association of Australia, enjoying a nutritious breakfast everyday is important for a number of health reasons. Research shows that breakfast can help you maintain a healthy weight, provides energy and essential nutrients, and improves alertness, concentration, mental performance, mood and memory.

 

Unfortunately, according to a study by Kraft Foods Australia, more than half of Australians are regularly skipping breakfast. The Kraft Foods ‘Aussie Breakfast Report’ researched the breakfast eating habits of Australians. The study found that more than half (56 per cent) are missing out on their morning meal at least once a week, and almost a third are skipping as many as three times per week.

 

The report found that many people attributed skipping breakfast to not having enough time in the morning.

 

Below are some healthy breakfast ideas and tips for having brekky on the go as recommended by the Dieticians Association of Australia.

 

Smart eating ideas for brekkie!

 

  1. A bowl of whole grain cereal with milk, a dollop of yoghurt and sliced fresh fruit. Try adding a sprinkle of nuts for extra crunch!
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  1. A delicious smoothie made from milk, fresh fruit and yoghurt

 

  1. A toasted slice of sourdough with some cheese, baked beans or avocado

 

  1. Untoasted muesli or rolled oats

 

  1. Poached eggs on whole grain toast with tomato, mushrooms or spinach

 

Rushed for time in the morning? No need to skip breakfast!

 

  1. breakfast tips cycle2cityKeep a supply of healthy whole grain cereals in the house. These are quick, easy and very nutritious. Try  quick oats – 90 seconds in the microwave!

 

  1. Prepare breakfast the night before by setting the table, with bowls and cutlery. This works well for children. You could also prepare bircher muesli the night before.

 

CYCLE2CITY BREAKFAST

 

  1. If you eat breakfast at work, be prepared with some healthy food choices. For example, store some yoghurt and cheese in the fridge. Keep a loaf of whole grain bread, some nuts, fruit and tins of baked beans on hand.
  1. Smoothies are a quick. healthy and easy breakfast option, and can also be consumed on the go!

 

As the days grow cooler, the morning motivation can be harder, don’t sacrifice breakfast for an extra 10minutes in bed.  Fuel up and be ready for whatever the day throws at you.