Thursday, November 05, 2009

Spencer Tunick coming to Sydney in 2010

A new work called The Base by contemporary artist Spencer Tunick will be one of the highlights of next year's Mardi Gras with thousands of locals and visitors expected to participate nude in one of his signature art installations on March 1st 2010.

Those wishing to shed their clothes for art on 1st March 2010 should sign-up here.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Helmets for motorists!

I had a comment left below by Michael from "And so to Bike"

Michael made the film about Sue the woman who fought the helmet law in court.

Apparently Michael has a new film about the vexed issue of how to introduce a bike share scheme in a country that forces you to wear a helmet when you're riding a bike.

Personally I think the best solution is to exempt people from wearing helmets if they are riding a share bike but I have seen one possible solution that might satisfy everyone. the stash helmet.

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What I really don't understand is why motorists don't have to wear helmets. Have a look at this press release:


18 September 1998

Head injuries to car drivers and passengers could be reduced by as much as 25% if they wore light protective helmets or even padded headbands, according to a research report released today by the Federal Office of Road Safety (FORS).

The report presents findings from a two-year study on head and brain injuries among car occupants. It was jointly conducted by the NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit (University of Adelaide) and the Monash University Accident Research Centre.

The study found that bicycle-style helmets would be as effective as driver airbags in preventing head injuries, and would provide considerably greater head protection than many other in-vehicle options, such as improved interior padding, side-impact airbags or advanced seat-belt designs.

Professor Jack McLean, head of the Road Accident Research Unit, said that use of protective headwear could be a particularly valuable safety option for people with older cars, but even drivers with airbags would benefit significantly from the added protection.

While full helmets would provide the greatest safety benefits, Dr McLean's detailed study of head injuries found that specially designed headbands could offer an innovative and practical alternative.

The proposed headbands would apply padding to the front and sides of the head. where most impacts occur. They would be lighter, cooler and less bulky than a conventional helmet.

A FORS spokesperson emphasised that protective headwear was being put forward as a voluntary measure only. "Car occupants are already better protected than cyclists or motorcyclists. But this research shows that safety could be improved quite a lot by using simple, low cost head protection. We are publishing these results so that the community can make informed choices."

Head injuries to vehicle occupants account for almost half of all injury costs from passenger car crashes. Beside the costs in human suffering, this represents a monetary cost to the community of about $1.5 billion per year.

The research report will be given to Australian helmet designers and manufacturers.

Copies of the report, Prevention of Head Injuries to Car Occupants: An Investigation of Interior Padding Options (CR 160), are available from the Federal Office of Road Safety by phoning (02) 6274 7185.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Velonews - Roadrage

After one cyclist slammed into the rear of his car and vaulted over it into oncoming traffic, and another crashed through his rear window, Dr. Christopher Thomas Thompson called 911 and told the operator, “They’ll tell you they are seriously injured, but they’re not.”

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Police appeal for public assistance to identify deceased cyclist

Saturday, 17 Oct 2009 12:38pm

Police are appealing for public assistance to identify a cyclist who died after being struck by a vehicle in the State’s Illawarra region this morning.

About 9am a man was riding a bicycle along Marshall Mount Road at Yallah when he was struck by a vehicle, which failed to stop.

As a result the cyclist died at the scene.

Police located the vehicle a short time later. The driver, a Dapto man, is assisting police with their inquiries at Port Kembla Police Station.

Investigators are appealing for public assistance to identify the deceased cyclist.

He is described as white/European in appearance, athletic build and aged in his early 30s. He was wearing a blue cycling shirt with white parts, black cycling shorts with blue and white stripes and a red helmet with white air holes.

The man was riding a black, red and white coloured Pinarello FT8 Carbon bike.

Anyone with information about the incident or the man’s identity is urged to contact Warilla Police Station on 4295 2699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Ride to work day

Every day is a ride to work and school and uni and the shops day, but 14 October 2009 is the official, compulsory, national Ride to Work Day. There’s breakfasts and events all over, including at RPA, and a big one at Hyde Park. Keep an eye out for your fellow cyclists, they might need some mechanical assistance or maybe just an encouraging tinkle on the bell. Either way make sure they get a sense of the camaraderie our freewheeling community is famous for. Btw if you register you can win a fancy Trek bicycle.

Photo by Allister Ann

Dita + Bicycle

Dita poses for the next Harper's Bazaar cover.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sartorialist visits Sydney

If only I'd kept up to date on my blog reading! I would have known that one of my favourite blogging photographers was in town. Curses...

Anyway here are some cool shots from his blog.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Bauhaus was a design school that emerged in Germany after World War One. Bauhaus designers and their students broke from tradition and developed a very modernist style. Their primary intention was to integrate art, technology and craftsmanship by ignoring precedent and generating a new design philosophy . The innovative ideas ranged from architecture to furniture design. They believed that design of any sort ought to be considered a high art as does painting or sculpture.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New York City Vélocouture

In 2004 Jason Oliver Goodman grabbed his camera and headed out on his bicycle onto the streets of New York city to make a photography project called A Girl's Bike. In roughly 4 months he photographed about 200 women and their bicycles around NYC, mostly on the street where he encountered them. In 2008 it was made into a book and toured with the Bicycle Film Festival as a slide show. You can buy signed copies on his website