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!
cycle2city breakfast on the go
  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.


Are you affected by ACCC bicycle recalls?

A number of current ACCC bicycle recalls are in effect.

Find out if you are affected and what to do about it.

  1. Check the Product Safety Australia page for further details to confirm if your model is in the recall
  2. The product specific page will guide you as to whether or not you need to discontinue using the product
  3. In addition to identifying the product and when to stop using it.  The page will also provide instructions on how you can arrange for repair or replacement of your affected product.

2015, 2016, 2017 Stance 2 – Handlebar width exceeds the maximum standard requirement.

2017 Embolden 2 – Handlebar width exceeds the maximum standard requirement.

2017 Tempt 1 – Bike is not fitted with a chain guard (all sizes) and the handlebar width exceeds the maximum standard (Small and Medium sized bicycles only).

2017 ToughRoad SLR 0 – Bike is not fitted with a chain guard.

 


Win a Gold Coast Getaway!

Does it feel like the Christmas break is a distant memory?

Does February feel like October?

cycle2city are excited to announce that we are rewarding our *members with the opportunity to revive and recharge with the chance to win:

1st prize:  A 2 night weekend retreat on the Gold Coast

2nd prize: $100 Event Movie Voucher

How to Enter:

Existing members:
  • Existing cycle2city members on 1st February, 2017 who enjoy an upfront payment membership (13month) or are on a 3/6/12 month contract are granted a ticket into the draw
New members:
  • New cycle2city members who sign up to a 3/6/12 month contract or a 13 month upfront membership OR purchase a Pre-paid 20 visit card between 1 February 2017 and 31 March 2-17 will be granted a ticket into the draw.
Bonus entries:

Between 1 February 2017 and 31 March 2017 eligible members can earn bonus tickets into the draw:

  • Like the cycle2city Facebook page
  • Like and comment on the cycle2city Facebook competition post
  • Review cycle2city on Facebook
  • Like and comment on the cycle2city Instagram competition post
  • Join the ‘King George Square Cycle Centre’ Strava Club
  • Join in a discussion on the ‘King George Square Cycle Centre’ Strava Club
Refer a friend bonus:
  • Refer a friend or family member to cycle2city.  If your friend or family member signs up to a 3/6/12 month contract or a 13 month upfront membership OR a Pre-paid 20 visit card between 1 February 2017 and 31 March 2-17 – the current cycle2city member is granted 3 tickets into the draw

Competition time frame:  The competition starts 6am 1st February 2017 and will close at 8pm 31st March 2017.  The winners will be drawn on 3rd April 2017 by the manager and director of cycle2city, the decision will be final.  Entries:  You must comply with the cycle2city membership requirements in order for your entry to be valid.  *An existing cycle2city member is a financial member who was current (upfront paid member or 3/6/12 month contract member) on 1st February 2017 and remains a cycle2city member throughout the competition time frame.  *New cycle2city members qualify when signing up to an upfront membership or 3/6/12 month contract throughout the competition time frame. 1 ticket per eligible entry except in the case of a qualified referral.  If referring a friend or family member 3 tickets are applied to the current cycle2city member when a referral signs up to an upfront cycle2city membership or 3/6/12 month contract. 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 winners will be notified by phone and email on the day of the draw.  The winners names will be announced on the cycle2city blog and will be shared on the cycle2city Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter account.  With the winners permission, cycle2city will post a photo of the winners accepting their prize to the cycle2city Instagram account and will be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Costs and Expenses: 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:  Gold Coast accomodation is at Rocks Resort Currumbin, the prize is for accomodation only for up to 2 people.  2 nights accomodation subject to availability – Expires 30.09.2017.  Not available during Peak Periods.  Movie Voucher – Event movie voucher – Expires 30.06.2017.  The prizes are subject to conditions imposed by the supplier.


Join Cycle2city on Strava

If you didn’t post it, does it really count?  Join the Cycle2city team on Strava – “King George Square Cycle Centre”

Share your commuting success and join in discussions.

 

Today’s Discussion

We all have our go to music that pumps us up and puts us in the zone.  Share your music must haves.  We will add your favourite tunes to our Cycle2city playlists.  Just because the ride has stopped doesn’t mean the fun has to!

 

Cycle2city choose your tunes


Cycle2city update – cycle path closure – North Quay

Footpath and cycle path upgrade – Herschel Street, Brisbane City

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have advised that minor work to the footpath and cycle path will be carried out along North Quay adjacent to the intersection with Herschel Street.

These minor works will provide better access for pedestrians and cyclists.

The work is expected to take place between Sunday 15 January 2017 and Monday 23 January 2017, subject to weather and construction conditions.

Hours of work will be at night, between 8pm and 4am.
Traffic control will be in place to ensure the safety of road workers, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists at all times during the construction.

These works involve:
·       Removal of part of the current path and old fencing
·       preparing and pouring concrete for the new path
·       moving signage to create a clearer footpath
·       fence construction

What to expect:
·       Minor traffic delays and lane restrictions
·       Increased noise and dust from construction equipment and activities.
·       Traffic control will be in place to assist pedestrians and cyclists where necessary.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruptions throughout this project.

Department of Transport and Main Road apologises for any inconvenience.

Cycle2city members can keep up-to-date with information on road closures and traffic conditions across Queensland.  Visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call131940