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YarraBUG radio show is an initiative of the YarraBUG (Bicycle User Group)that explores all the best things about being on a bike!

YarraBUG radio show is an initiative of the YarraBUG (Bicycle User Group)that explores all the best things about being on a bike!
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Melbourne, VIC


YarraBUG radio show is an initiative of the YarraBUG (Bicycle User Group)that explores all the best things about being on a bike!






PO Box 1277 Collingwood Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA 3066 +61 3 9419 8377


Melbourne Metro and the impact on your bike commute

Faith and Val are joined in the studio this morning by Jonathan Nolan of Melbourne BUG and Revitalise Sydney Road. We kick off the show by sharing our respective bicycle moments before taking a look at local news, including the sad news of another cyclist death at Macedon on the weekend. Conflicted cyclists across Australia woke to the news that the Australian Magpie has been named The Guardian's Bird of the Year, and transport drove Australia's greenhouse gas emissions to their highest...

Duration: 00:28:49

Talking to Melburn Durt: all women Indy Pac relay team

Up first on the show, Chris reflects upon the strangeness of recent weather, especially over the weekend, with roads and trails affected by heavy rain and local flooding.This weeks interview is with Kate, Elizabeth, Elise and Stefania about Melburn Durt, their all-women Indy Pac team, who are participating in the new relay option for next years race from Fremantle, Western Australia to Sydney Opera House, NSW. They discuss how they choose to ride the IndyPac, individual stories,...

Duration: 00:32:34

Salary packaging and your new ebike!

Val and Faith kick off the show sharing their bike moments and introducing this week's studio guest, Thijs van der Heijden of e-astralian. In today's news we focus on the recent memorial held for the late Paul Farren, the intersections of the worlds in which he shined and the incredible impact he had on so many people over the years. You can watch a Livestream of the memorial service at the Botanic Gardens here. We move onto the topic of today's show, salary packaging of ebikes in...

Duration: 00:27:38

Merie Polkamp talks about her Melbourne cycling experiences

Chris talks to Merie Polkamp about her Melbourne cycling experiences and what led to her writing the article: Male cyclists, what the hell is your problem? We discuss gendered perceptions about cycling, social media reactions, criticisms to her article, barriers to cycling accessibility, lack of suitable infrastructure, and differences between Melbourne and overseas cycling conditions.Local news includes Paul Farren memorial get together, 2017 Sydney-Melbourne Alpine 1200 dotwatching,...

The Dead Mans Creek

Some bike news with a focus on Yarra City Council's Your Say Yarra. A Local Area Place Making Study is being rolled out in three precincts of Yarra in 2017/18.The survey is your chance to have a say in your local traffic and safety on your streets: poems read on the show include Mulga Bill and The Man with Rubber Pedals as well.

Roxanne DeBeaux from Cambridge Cycling Campaign + call for Coburg hitrun information + Give the Space to Bike Riders launch

On this weeks program Chris interviews Roxanne DeBeaux in depth about her cycling journey, how she got started cycling in Melbourne, moving overseas and being employed by Cambridge Cycling Campaign in the UK.Roxanne shares her observations and insights on campaigning, funding, working through dockless bikeshare issues in Cambridge and what's possibly required next for Melbourne to step up with cycling participation and advocacy.Local news includes a call for witnesses and further...

Duration: 00:33:12

Misogyny in the bike lane, building for all riders and share bikes

Val and Faith are joined by Nik Dow, of Melbourne BUG and Freestyle Cyclists, this morning in the studio. We share our bike moments including Nik'sexperience riding share bikes in China before moving onto news.We discuss Merie Polkamp's account of gendered abuse from male cyclists in Melbourne and the well documented Australian gender divide in cycling. The misogyny experienced by women cycling in Australia adds an extra dimension to their experience of shared spaces. We discuss how this...

Duration: 00:31:08

Amy's Bike Skills in Yarra + Pushbiking for mental health - Perth to Sydney 2017

On this weeks program Chris chats to Amy-Nicole Peters and Tina McCarthy. Amy-Nicole is riding from Perth to Sydney by bike and estimating to cover over 6,000km, her motivation is to show that anyone can take on a great challenge and make a difference in the lives of others living with mental illness."I have personally experienced mental illness and I want to be open about my experience. I believe mental illness isn’t something to be hidden or considered a taboo topic. It can affect anyone...

Duration: 00:30:21

Bike bags - the myriad ways to carry things on your bike!

Val and Faith are joined in the studio on a stunning spring morning by Evan Howard of Terra Rosa Gear. We share our respective bike moments and then run through some local news including; Neometro development to close the Upfield shared path for two years, the results from the 2017 Melbourne to Warnambool and an opportunity to say goodbye to Paul Farren. Discussion turns to bikepacking and the amazing array nof bags people use to make trips on their bikes. Evan talks us through a...

Duration: 00:29:11

Vale Paul Farren, Big Bike Film Night + Justice system fails cyclists again

On this weeks show Chris talks to Jenica Brook from Melbourne Commuter about recent appalling incidents in Airport West and Northcote, major deficiencies in Victoria Police's interpretation of road laws, her experiences with reporting inappropriate motorist behaviour and what you can do to defuse and record potential altercations.Second interview: Brett Cotter chats about creating and curating The Big Bike Film Night and Cycle Chic Film Tour, which commences touring in Australia and New...

Duration: 00:28:11

Cycling the Peru Divide with Pepper Cook

Val and Faith welcome guest Pepper Cook to the 3CR studio and we kick off the program by sharing our bike moments. We run through some local news including; Marianne Vos to visit Melbourne for the Giro Della Donna and Dirty Deeds CX and over forty oBikes retrieved from the Yarra in Melbourne. We turn to Peru and Pepper's spontaneous decision to take up the opportunity to spend five weeks riding the Peru Divide with Tumbleweed Bikes. Pepper talks about the challenges of bikepacking at...

Duration: 00:29:55

Jumping back on your bike - the science of why it hurts

Its blowing a spring gale as we take to the studio for another episode of the Yarra BUG Radio Show. Val and Faith are joined by Kat Carter of Rehub Studio and we kick off the programme by sharing our respective bike moments. W take a look at recent news including; Cycling Australia's recent decisions about the wpmen's road team, the ongoing Mandatory Helmet Law Review, the 2017 Race to the Rock results and the Russian athlete doping scandal. Kat Carter, a physiotherapist, explains why it...

Duration: 00:28:07

New Monash study on cyclist injuries + Jac Torres-Gomez from Bike Bendigo

On this weeks program Chris discusses a new Monash study Spike in serious road injuries among cyclists by Dr Ben Beck and goes for impromptu editorial about Melbourne politics and transport priorities, and how they impact upon peoples travel choices.Additional links: 1. The Conversation: With more cyclists suffering serious injuries on the road, what can we do to ensure their safety? 2. The Age 'I realised how close I was to being killed': Serious cyclist accidents rise by 8 per cent each...

Duration: 00:30:30

Race to the Rock, helmet law reviews and more

We kick off today's show with Mark Knopfler's musings on bicycles before sharing our bike moments. News covered this morning includes an update on Race to the Rock 2017 standings, a Bicycle Network mandatory helmet law policy review and global community soul searching prompted by dockless bike sharing amongst other things. Also of note but not mentioned on the show is a Merri Creek Trail reconstruction project which may impact your local commute. You'll find details here. We finish the...

Duration: 00:29:49

Talking to Sarah Imm, Bicycle Mayor of Sydney

On this weeks show, Chris catches up with Sarah Imm about her Bicycle Mayor of Sydney role, with musical assistance from Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin & Louis Armstrong. She discusses her observations of riding for transport in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, alongside some surprising similarities to Australia!Sarah talks about bicycle share, motorists showing respect, cycling infrastructure, initiatives by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, London Quietways and Cycle Superhighways,...

Duration: 00:31:51

Winter's dying days - O bikes and more

Its a cold and drizzly morning as Faith and Val take to the airwaves for this episode of the Yarra BUG Radio Show. We share our bike moments, including memories of the late Matt McCullough, before moving on to local news. The OBike system presents several different topics for discussion, the system makes bike sharing easier for some, but gets a mixed reception on Melbourne streets and from different groups, cycling and otherwise, in Melbourne. Discussion also turns to an interesting recent...

Duration: 00:30:20

Brisbane & Sydney: a tale of two cities

Two interviews on this weeks program, first up Chris talks to Cr Jonathon Sri, Gabba Ward councillor for Brisbane City Council about the recent Victoria Bridge protest, (SBS: Brisbane cyclists stage bridge 'die-in') Brisbane cycling issues and challenging barriers & politics in a very different council structure to what us in the southern states are used to.Second interview is with Cr Nicholas Frances Gilley, who chairs the City of Melbourne Transport portfolio, discussing transport...

Duration: 00:31:33

Talking about Freewheeler, an sustainable transport app

On this weeks program, Chris chats to Alex Fletcher from Perth about Freewheeler, an sustainable transport app that tracks trips, different transport modes and helps to earn points & rewards for walking, cycling & public transport. Freewheeler was recently a joint winner of the 2017 Resilient Melbourne Citymart Challenge.Local news includes another unpleasant incident of oil dumping on lower Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, dotwatching the Transcontinent race #TCRNO5, quote from This is not a...

Duration: 00:28:06

Burn Calories not Coal

A brief homage to Russell Mockridge on his 1955 ride in the Tour de France and a wrap on the prostate pounding pedalling pelaton now parked in Paris.The ongoing saga of pollution and it's effects on bike riders, ongoing study highlighted by the NYT. We chat to Lenka about the bike ride as protest, with Burn Calories not Coal's ride on the 29th July 2017.

Cycling in Melbourne's South Eastern Suburbs

This week Chris chats about bicycle stuff out in South East Melbourne with David Blom from Whitehorse Cyclists and Robert Jamieson from CycleCasey.David talks about updates to Box Hill Ringwood Rail Trail, Gardiners Creek Trail, Sydnal to Heatherdale Pipeline Trail, Bushy Creek Trail/Koonung Creek Trail, Pipeline Trail, Daniel Robertson Brickworks, (where the Obikes have been stored) and Healesville Freeway reserve Robert discusses the idea behind creating Cycle Casey to improve riding for...

Duration: 00:32:59

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