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Australian Cyclists Party Endorses Reason -

The Australian Cyclists Party will contest the next Federal Election by supporting the Reason Movement and its forthcoming application as a federal party. http://www.reason.org.au/

Chaotic conditions in Canberra, changes to electoral laws and the need for a rational and unencumbered voice in politics means it is time for like-minded parties to band together to maximise our chances for electoral success through a new,

Today’s AGM -

If you can’t make it to the AGM today, click on https://hangouts.google.com/group/IikrEZGnJkt410Q33 to participate online. You will need to have a Google account to login.  Once you get started, click on the camera icon to turn off your camera (to save bandwidth).

City of Yarra elections – Nicholls Ward -

Troy Parsons

ACP member Troy Parsons is standing as a candidate for Nicholls ward in the City of Yarra council election on 22nd October 2016.

Events

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JOIN THE POLITICAL MARDI GRAS… to celebrate unity in diversity. This Sunday 1 May, 2pm at Martin Place, Sydney.

25% of Australians do not vote for a major party, yet if the new senate election voting system is upheld in court then that’s all you get as your voting option.

The left and right minor political parties have united to protect your democratic right to vote for a minor party – of any persuasion. To find out more visit 3mv.net.au – an alliance representing 3 million voices who vote for the minor parties at federal elections.

On 2 May, the recent electoral voting changes are being challenged in the High Court of Australia, as unconstitutional.

This Sunday 1 May a rally is being held in Sydney, Martin Place at 2pm in support of this High Court Challenge. It is the “Hands off Our Senate Rally” and I urge you to join me, and supporters of the 20+ minor parties who will become extinct in future elections, to object to this undemocratic, un-representative, unconstitutional change to our vote for representatives of the Senate. Your attendance at the rally will support the High Court Challenge.

HAVE A VOICE IN YOUR DEMOCRATIC FUTURE AND REMEMBER DIVERSITY BRINGS STRENGTH TO A SPECIES, AN ORGANISATION… AND OUR PARLIAMENT AND NATION.

Cancel your golf or bike ride or long lunch – meet at Martin Place for a POLITICAL MARDI GRAS… celebrate unity in diversity.

IMAGES BELOW –  are photos captured at previous events, including cycling demonstration rides and protests.

We do also promote our cycling and political alliances’ events, so check out our social media community events and strava cycling community. We’d love you to get involved.

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Our Vision: We believe that cycling can serve to liberate and inspire. It is a positive and powerful force for improving the health and well-being of individuals, our communities and our nation.
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ACP Travel Blog - Kangaroo Island, South Australia: An unexpected re-affirmation that Australians can indeed share the road in harmony - and where motorists even offer a friendly wave.

Admittedly this is not an urban area and the roads weren't quite lined up with people shouting "Allez! Allez!" but the good nature of most of the locals was exemplary. They even sat behind slow cyclists and then gave plenty of room when overtaking. A truck even went as far as the opposite breakdown lane. The last time we saw this sort of behaviour was touring in France. Not one insult or object hurled, not one honk in annoyance.

We were told that we may have been one of the first organised and supported tours of the island which may have had a bit to do with the reception we received. Perhaps, however there are riding groups on the island - including one of our very fit guides who was on the doorstep of 80!

One of the local constables is apparently a keen cyclist as well and the folks here appear ready and willing to see more people pedal around. Perhaps that the rider may be a neighbour, family member or a friend (or a cop? 🙂 The tour operator is bringing high value tourism to the island, and no doubt locals see the importance of that.

And how was the cycling? Great. Not heaps of options but enough to keep a touring or mountain bike cyclist busy and challenged for days with rides of various lengths and intensity. Then there's the abundant wildlife - a kangaroo even decided to hop alongside the two of us for about 100 metres down the road!

Diversions? Heaps especially for the size of the place - a gin distillery, sheep dairy/cheese farm, art galleries, raptor show, seal viewing, lighthouses. We happened on one beach where two pods of dolphins numbering over 30 were taking turns riding the surf.

Food? Not a huge choice, but how about some of the best pizza anywhere, great seafood, chocolatier/cafe and even wonderful Thai food from a mobile food kitchen?

Music? We were lucky enough to hear two Canadian musicians (who happened to come to Kangaroo Island just for its name) strumming in a barn that kept us entertained well into the night. Or bring your own guitar.

Perhaps this is the Australia that first embraced cycling and thought they were a perfect fit with the spirit of adventure, fun and self-reliance that has been a characteristic of Indigenous and European peoples. It's a wonderful Australia full of natural beauty and human ingenuity - and also empathy.

It is certainly a place that offers hope to those who strive to see the re-emergence of a more harmonious, cycling-friendly nation.

[Travellers note: Getting to Kangaroo Island is by ferry or (expensive) short hop flight from Adelaide. At the moment the only guides catering for cycling groups going here is Outbackexperiencetours.com]
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Australian Cyclists Party20 hours ago
SA: (older article) Plans are in place to built a new high school in Adelaide with 170 bicycle parking spaces.

Adelaide council says cycling routes to school aren't safe enough. "In order to achieve more students riding to school, improvements to the cycling network will be required across Adelaide City Council."

Can we just say we agree that a minimum grid is needed, and suggest they get moving on it!
(Can we fix it?? Yes we can! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ouZqKrlcK4)

Great to see that this school is now on track for completion, looks really amazing, and is still planned to include "Secure basement bicycle parking for 170 bicycles". (https://abhs.sa.edu.au/)
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Australian Cyclists Party2 days ago
UK: while the government trues to demonise cycling with new dangerous cycling laws, "in the last decade, 99.4 per cent of all pedestrian deaths have involved a motor vehicle."
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Australian Cyclists Party shared CAW - Cyclists Against Westconnex's post.3 days ago
NSW: how much space can one interchange waste? Our friends at CAW have made this handy comparison using MapFrappe.com.

Here we see the Westconnex Interchange, destroying a vast chunk of St Peters, versus the space occupied by the Sydney CBD. The CBD is responsible for a decent percentage of the entire NSW GDP. And before you say "but we need both", 90% of commuters get to the CBD on PT. So no, we really don't need another big freeway dumping cars into the city.

We won't be boosting the economy much by destroying a CBD sized hole in the inner west.
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Australian Cyclists Party4 days ago
VIC: Melbourne is no longer no. 1 on the liveability index. The new winner is Vienna. How do they make these lists?

"Despite the hype, the Global Liveability Index focuses on things that matter to expats, not citizens. This is different to what is important to the average person living in Vienna, Melbourne or any other city – such as housing affordability, walkability, access to public transport and education, and the number of bike paths."
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Australian Cyclists Party6 days ago
UK: (old article) "Cycle lane lunacy!"

"In their latest story, the Mail spoke to motorists stuck in a jam beside a cycle lane to the south of London’s Blackfriars Bridge. Most said that while the lanes were busy with bikes during rush-hour, they could be ‘almost empty’ at other times."

It's a common complaint. What's the best response to that?

We'd point out that
-more people can move during peak hour, when the need is the greatest
-it's for people's safety which is reason enough in itself
-we keep riding around on roads outside peak hour that have absolutely no cars on them. No-one is asking that these roads get ripped up?

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