|State Bike Week is now earlier on the calendar. This year offers rides and activities in the north, north west and south of the state. Whether you have a road bike, mountain bike, a city bike with a basket or a clunker, find something that suits you and join in.
For the full calendar go here.
It’s only a few weeks away now.
The Sustainable Living Festival is on at Prince’s Wharf No. 1 on the 31st October and 1st of November.
Please come along and say hello at our marquee on the PW1 forecourt.
It’s great to have a chat about what we do, or even better what you’d like to do. So ride on down and take advantage of the valet bike parking as well, before you go off and find some more things to make you happier and healthier.
Please also check out our Auction Bikes 2015 page for your chance to get yourself or a friend the bike they’ll love.
See you soon.
So would you like to be a part of the HBK Electric Light Bike Orchestra?
We know bikes are fun, making a bit of noise and playing with lights is fun and we know Dark Mofo will be fun so we’re going to put them all together and have a great night out.
HBK Electric Light Bike Orchestra
When: Friday 12th June. 9pm
What: Cruise the Dark Mofo waterfront with the Hobart Bike Kitchen’s Electric Bike Light Orchestra as they carve a dark sonic soundscape from the lights and darkness around them. Bring all of your bike lights and blinkys to be played by the ELBO.
Who: You , and any ‘performers’ who want to wield some weird darkness-controlled noise.
So what are we trying to do? We’re planning to build some bike fitted random sound generators, add a bunch of lights, mix with a group of friends and go out and see some of Dark Mofo.
We want you and friends to come and join us on the opening night of this years Dark Mofo to celebrate things dark and light and bike and noisy.
There will be a number of Dark Mofo events suitable for us to ride around to:
there is Radiant Heat and at Dark Park there will be a number of events such as Fire Organ by Bastiann Maris, Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Works, plus whatever else is happening around the waterfront.
It’s also a good bet that once you’ve ridden around in the cold for a bit you might need to find a fire and refreshments. We haven’t got a plan for that yet. Suggestions? Or we might just make it up as we go along.
So you can just grab your headlights and come along, or get as involved as you’d like. If you want to create your own bike instrument the more the merrier.
If you just go the old peg and card in the spokes, we’re not going to say no.
EDIT: Hi everyone we’ve had such an outstanding response that we need to modify the guidelines.
We want everyone to come along with all of their bike lights on show, and to expect a visually bright, but aurally dark and discordant experience. The aim is light-controlled-sound on a bike, not bike-controlled-sound with lights if that makes sense to you.
We don’t want to descend into a chaotic cacophony of noise and tangled bikes. So please come with lights, we’ll provide the sound.
So please let us know if you want to join us. I’ll make a Facebook event and you’re invited.
If you have some technical sounds skills we’d love to hear from you. It’s only 4 weeks away and the more interesting instruments that can be built the more fun we’ll be having.
NB this is not an official Dark Mofo event, we think of it as Dark Mofo Fringe.
Hobart Bike Kitchen
NO SUNDAY SESSION
It’s Cycling Sunday and as the headline says a perfect day to get on our bikes.
(though that’s every day)
Image © Mercury
So we’re getting the bikes out heading off to Bellerive and going for a ride.
We hope you do as well. It doesn’t have to be one of the organised rides, make your own Cycling Sunday and head off with the kids or find a new cafe.
From 25 February new road rules will be introduced on Tasmanian roads to increase the safety of cyclists.
When passing or overtaking a cyclist, a driver will be able to straddle or cross a continuous centre line in order to leave a safe space between their vehicle and the cyclist, when it is safe to do so.
This means to pass a cyclist safely, a driver can cross:
- a single continuous line;
- a single continuous line with a broken line on the left or right, or;
- double continuous lines.
It is recommended that a driver should leave at least one metre clearance between their vehicle and the cyclist on roads up to and including 60 km/h and 1.5 metres on roads above 60 km/h.
To support these changes, new yellow warning signs with the message “pass cyclists safely” will be rolled out along popular cycling routes throughout February and March.
To assist drivers and cyclists to understand the changes, we have developed a web page with a digital clip, depicting how and when to apply the rules, together with common questions and answers.
For more information visit: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/centrelines
Thank you to the Cykel Chefen you ask?
Well I’d like to offer a big thank you to everyone from HBK who was involved in making the Sustainable Living Festival another great weekend.
To those who helped get the bikes ready, setup and participated over the weekend thanks very much. I’m pretty sure we all enjoyed ourselves.
To everyone who has donated in the past, or took part in the auctions and especially the auction winners thanks also.
Also it’s an excuse to use an photo from Copenhagen I took while on holidays.
You’ll all be pleased to know that our auctioneers did a stirling job and we reached our target for the weekend and have definitely raised enough to pay the bills and look to do more of the great work we’re known for.
If you want to see more pictures from then weekend check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HobartBikeKitchen
The Hobart Bike Kitchen is running a FREE Bike Maintenance Certificate Course over three consecutive Sundays. The course will be run from 12-1pm (with optional skills practice from 1pm-4pm) on Sunday the 3rd, 10th and 17th of August. Location is 130 Davey St, Hobart.
Check out the form for more details and registration info.