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Enews Headlines - 21 March 2012

OVER 2,500 RIDE INTO HISTORY AT THE INAUGURAL BOILEAU VELO ADELAIDE
Last Sunday thousands participated in a first for SA at Boileau VeloAdelaide. Most rode the Mt Lofty Challenge up the Freeway and from Crafers enjoying closed roads to Mt Lofty all the way to Montacute. While the majority elected to ride the 110km and 80km routes Read Story

FINAL SEVEN DAYS FOR THE BIKE PARK AT HINDMARSH SQUARE
Thursday 29 March is the final day of the Bike Park at Hindmarsh Square. Since January the Bike Park has hosted hundreds of commuting bike riders, providing secure parking, showers and toilets, cloakroom, maps and free bike hire
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9,500 RIDE INTO THE CITY EACH DAY
Read the article from The West Australian newspaper and online www.thewest.com.au - 'Adelaide is becoming a city of cyclists: The obvious health benefits, the popularity of the Tour Down Under, the success of Australians involved in the sport both at home and abroad and increased cycling infrastructure have all helped convince South Australians to get on their bikes
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WIN CUSTOM JERSEYS FOR YOUR KONA DIRTY WEEKEND TEAM
Your team of four can win custom jerseys made by Body Torque in time for the Kona Dirty Weekend, 5-6 May. There are two team jersey prize packages up for grabs, each worth $499.00, including final design, manufacture and postage. To win one of these two package you have to act by Monday 2 April
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OVER $16,000 WORTH OF PRIZE BLING AT THE KONA DIRTY WEEKEND
The expected 250-300 riders at the Kona Dirty Weekend, 5-6 May, will be in the running for over $16,000 worth of spot and category prizes - the biggest prize pool ever seen at SA's only 24-Hour MTB enduro. Whether you sign up for the NiteFlux 24-Hour or the 12-Hour or the Roof Rack City 6-Hour, you're in with a pretty good chance
Read Story

RIDERS AGAINST POVERTY AT THE KONA DIRTY WEEKEND
An active group of students, parents and teachers are riding in the Kona Dirty Weekend to raise awareness and funds for some of the poorest and isolated people in India, Indonesia and the Philippines through Opportunity International Australia. Riders Against Poverty are using all sorts of ways to raise money
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EXPLORE THE COPPER COAST BY BIKE ON THE MOONTA EASTER CYCLE
Join us on our Easter weekend discovering more of Moonta's Cornish history while enjoying what the Copper Coast has to offer including Moonta Bay, one of the best places on the peninsula to watch the sun set. The Moonta Easter Cycle programme from Friday 6 to Monday 9 April has rides of varying distances
Read Story

UNISA'S RIDE FOR PAIN - GET MOVING FOR CHRONIC PAIN RESEARCH
Deadline extended - register before Friday 23 March to ensure your jersey is here by ride day
Read Story 

BIKE SA'S ANNUAL TOUR REGISTRATIONS OPEN
Join Bicycle SA on an unforgettable adventure from the Copper Coast to the Barossa Valley
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WHO PAYS MY LEGAL COSTS IF I'M INJURED IN A BIKE ACCIDENT?
Read the following blog extract from Anderson's Solicitors. ?Who pays my legal costs if I'm injured in a bike accident and lodging a motor vehicle accident claim? Questions about the payment of legal fees in compensation claims are frequently asked but not always are the answers understood.
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RIDE 2 SCHOOL FRIDAY 23 MARCH
Ride2School Day is a national behaviour change initiative which aims to increase the number of students walking and riding to school.
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COAST AND VINES RAIL TRAIL WORKS
Cyclists using the Coast to Vines Rail Trail should be aware that construction has begun on the McLaren vale Overpass and continues on the Seaford Rail Extensions at Seaford, closing the Coast to Vines Rail Trail between Griffiths Drive and Lynton Terrace
Read Story

ROAD WORKS ON GRANGE ROAD UNTIL SPRING
The Western Pipeline works involve construction of a new 3.2 kilometre water pipeline which will run along a section of Beach Street, and along Grange Road from Beach Street to Findon Road. Leed will have up to three construction crews working in different locations
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REGIONAL CYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES FLOURISH
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Upcoming Events:
Grand Slam Challenge #2 - Mt Torrens - 1 April - Register now
Easter Cycle - Moonta - 6 to 9 April - www.bikesa.asn.au/eastercycle
UniSA's Ride for Pain - Adelaide CBD start - 29 April - More information
Kona Dirty Weekend - Cudlee Creek - 5,6 May - More information

Free Rides Programme
Each year, over 1,000 organised rides are delivered as part of Bike SA's free Rides Programme. Download the latest Free Rides Programme here.

Upcoming Bike Maintenance Courses:
Comprehensive Bike Care: 24/3
Bike Gears & Brakes: 15/05
Basic Bike Care: 17/4
Advanced Bike Maintenance: starts 15/4

 




OVER 2,500 RIDE INTO HISTORY AT THE INAUGURAL BOILEAU VELO ADELAIDE
Last Sunday thousands participated in a first for SA at Boileau VeloAdelaide.

Most rode the Mt Lofty Challenge up the Freeway and from Crafers enjoying closed roads to Mt Lofty all the way to Montacute. While the majority elected to ride the 110km and 80km routes, which included the challenging climbs between Verdun and Piccadilly, other riders - many of them new to big events - rode the shorter distances, confirming this is an event for riders of all abilities.

Plus hundreds of families rode in the free Family Fun Ride, around the Parklands and along the river. Everyone finished at Hindmarsh Square, either relaxing in the cool shade, or joining in the free activities.

The inaugural Boileau VeloAdelaide was a great success, with many riders already talking about riding again next year. The feedback so far underlines the attraction of riding up the Freeway, through the Heysen tunnel and along closed roads. Steve writes "The feeling of satisfaction was fantastic. I was proud to be a participant." Matt writes "I had an absolute blast today. A big thanks to all involved in organizing and I will definitely do it again." And David writes "Thank you very much for the Boileau VeloAdelaide yesterday. I have ridden lots of Bike SA events over the years and this was probably the best organised and run. An amazing job getting those roads closed and the hot cross buns went down a treat."

There are still jerseys of all sizes available, so contact office@bikesa.asn.au or call 8168 9999 to ensure you don't miss out. 

View official event photos here.  

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FINAL SEVEN DAYS FOR THE BIKE PARK AT HINDMARSH SQUARE
Thursday 29 March is the final day of the Bike Park at Hindmarsh Square.

Since January the Bike Park has hosted hundreds of commuting bike riders, providing secure parking, showers and toilets, cloakroom, maps and free bike hire. Many more have been enjoying the welcoming atmosphere, having meetings, sharing lunch, enjoying a coffee or playing a game of table-tennis. Each week the visual art has increased, from Yarn Bomb bikes to 'container' art. And the music - especially Soundpond's DJing - has kept the vibe fresh.

Next week's final fling will feature the very best of the Bike Park. So whether you come for the tunes, the Burger Theory lunches or the freshly-biked products from Smooth Revolution, please join us for this last day. Whether you're on a bike or not, everyone is welcome. Find out more here.  

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9,500 RIDE INTO THE CITY EACH DAY
Read the article from The West Australian newspaper and online www.thewest.com.au - 'Adelaide is becoming a city of cyclists: The obvious health benefits, the popularity of the Tour Down Under, the success of Australians involved in the sport both at home and abroad and increased cycling infrastructure have all helped convince South Australians to get on their bikes. Thousands now use two wheels not only for exercise but as their preferred way to get to work. A new report has found about 9500 people now cycle to and from the city each day, up by more than 50 per cent over the past five years. Transport Minister Patrick Conlon says the large number of riders entering and leaving the CBD further strengthens Adelaide's reputation as a cycling city. "The state government is passionate about cycling and the ways in which we can improve safety and connectivity, while promoting its health benefits," he said. "Adelaide is an ideal city for cyclists. The increase comes as no surprise considering the improvements and extensions the state government has made to the metropolitan bike network.'

Read more here.

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WIN CUSTOM JERSEYS FOR YOUR KONA DIRTY WEEKEND TEAM
Your team of four can win custom jerseys made by Body Torque in time for the Kona Dirty Weekend, 5-6 May.

There are two team jersey prize packages up for grabs, each worth $499.00, including final design, manufacture and postage. To win one of these two package you have to act by Monday 2 April. Submit your own design graphic which best sums up your team, and we'll draw a winner from the best design entries. Body Torque will then adapt your design to fit the jersey and they'll make them to your size requirements. But be quick, you have two weeks to submit your design, so you get your jerseys in time for the Kona Dirty Weekend. It goes without saying your team also has to register for the Kona Dirty Weekend to be eligible!

Entries must be submitted by midday Monday 2 April, by email to rides@bikesa.asn.au or post to 111 Franklin St, Adelaide 5000. Bike SA and Body Torque will select winners from all valid submissions. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Each prize of four custom-made jerseys is valued at $499.00.

Click to find out more and register.

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OVER $16,000 WORTH OF PRIZE BLING AT THE KONA DIRTY WEEKEND
The expected 250-300 riders at the Kona Dirty Weekend, 5-6 May, will be in the running for over $16,000 worth of spot and category prizes - the biggest prize pool ever seen at SA's only 24-Hour MTB enduro.

Whether you sign up for the NiteFlux 24-Hour or the 12-Hour or the Roof Rack City 6-Hour, you're in with a pretty good chance of walking away with something from the goody bag which includes gear from Kona, NiteFlux, Euro Optics, SRAM, Ground Effect, Roof Rack City, Bigfoot Bags and Over the Edge. Plus Orbea are back with ten Thor and Rune helmets to give away (and they also return to defend their title). Plus of course Body Torque's custom jersey packages for teams of four (see above). Also every rider gets the Kona Dirty Weekend t-shirt! Win win.

Click here to find out more about the prizes and register.

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RIDERS AGAINST POVERTY AT THE KONA DIRTY WEEKEND
An active group of students, parents and teachers are riding in the Kona Dirty Weekend to raise awareness and funds for some of the poorest and isolated people in India, Indonesia and the Philippines through Opportunity International Australia.

Riders Against Poverty are using all sorts of ways to raise money so small loans (microfinance) can be provided via Opportunity International Australia to people who can then start a small business, earn an income, provide for their families and leave poverty behind. Loans as small as $100 help clients start businesses, and with the added benefits of leveraging and recycling of loans that microfinance enables, the impact of a simple $100 is multiplied exponentially. That's why Opportunity International Australia believes so strongly in microfinance as a self-sustaining solution to poverty that gives people dignity through a hand-up, not a hand-out.

Find out more here

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EXPLORE THE COPPER COAST BY BIKE ON THE MOONTA EASTER CYCLE
Join us on our Easter weekend discovering more of Moonta's Cornish history while enjoying what the Copper Coast has to offer including Moonta Bay, one of the best places on the peninsula to watch the sun set.

The Moonta Easter Cycle programme from Friday 6 to Monday 9 April has rides of varying distances from 150km for those riders who are looking for an all day challenge to Pt Broughton; the Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo ride of 43km; the Moonta Bay and Port Hughes ride of 12km; the Sunday night ride, plus distances in between. Most of the roads in the region lend themselves to bitumen rides, with some unsealed surfaces/paths.

If relaxing with a book or two, over a cup of coffee (or two) is what you would prefer to be doing, then Moonta is the perfect Easter 'hideaway'. All 3 course evening meals, continental breakfasts (from Saturday morning) and lunches (Friday to Sunday), as well as the ?all day' coffee, cake and biscuits provided. All you need to do is pitch your tent!

The discovery of copper in Moonta in 1860 led to the establishment of the Moonta Mining Co, which soon became one of the richest copper mines in Australia. The great numbers of migrants from Cornwall that followed changed the cultural mix in South Australia. Moonta hosts the world's largest Cornish festival, the Kernewek Lowender, every second odd numbered year, where all things Cornish are celebrated, from the pasties, to the Swanky and ginger pop.

Find out more and register here.

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UNISA'S RIDE FOR PAIN - GET MOVING FOR CHRONIC PAIN RESEARCH

Deadline extended! Register before Friday 23 March to ensure your jersey is here by ride day!

"As a Pro cyclist, I deal with pain and suffering most of the time. The Tour de France is not a fun event, we endure broken bones, torn tendons, lost skin and road rash but it's all part of racing. The fans love to see us suffering, and we choose to as we know it ends as we cross the finish line, but for many 1000's of Australian's who suffer day in day out with chronic pain, there is no finish line in sight. They get no applause, no standing ovation; to the contrary, they suffer in silence often with the stigma attached to chronic pain suffers.

So please join me on the 29th of April for a great ride through the Adelaide hills to help raise funds and awareness for a terrific cause!" - Patrick Jonker - Tour down under winner, 2004

Find out more and register here 

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BIKE SA'S ANNUAL TOUR REGISTRATIONS OPEN
Join Bicycle SA on an unforgettable adventure from the Copper Coast to the Barossa Valley.

From 15 to 23 September, join 200 riders on a nine day adventure through regional South Australia exploring beautiful beaches, rich agricultural farmland, fertile wine valleys and former copper mining towns. Starting in Moonta in the heart of the Copper Coast region, this journey will take you via the beautiful Clare Valley, the historic mining town of Burra and the world-renowned Barossa Valley with journey's end right back in the heart of Adelaide.

Exert yourself for half the day, then relax with a coldie and share stories as the sun sets on a great day of riding. Tomorrow is another beautiful day and another great ride with your mates. The ride is limited to 200 riders, so get in quick.

For more information and to register, visit www.bikesa.asn.au/annualtour

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WHO PAYS MY LEGAL COSTS IF I'M INJURED IN A BIKE ACCIDENT?
Read the following blog extract from Anderson's Solicitors.

'Who pays my legal costs if I'm injured in a bike accident and lodging a motor vehicle accident claim? Questions about the payment of legal fees in compensation claims are frequently asked but not always are the answers understood. Our experience is that clients, particularly at first interview, are very concerned about legal costs to the point of being over concerned. To answer this question properly we can only do so on the basis of our firm's policy. As a bike rider involved in a motor vehicle accident, in taking on a claim we would assess it and we will assume, for the purposes of this article that our view is that the claim will be successful. On that basis we would never charge any legal fees to a client whilst the claim is being processed. We know that the issue of the amount of and the payment of legal fees will be matters for discussion and determination at the end of the claim but we are happy to discuss them with clients at any time.'

Read the rest of the piece at Read more

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RIDE 2 SCHOOL FRIDAY 23 MARCH
Ride2School Day is a national behaviour change initiative which aims to increase the number of students walking and riding to school. In developing our partnership with program managers Bicycle Victoria, Bicycle SA is proud to support this national initiative as we work together to promote kids in both metropolitan and regional South Australia getting on their bikes and riding to school. Walk, wheel, skate or scoot your way to school on National Ride2School Day, 2012.

Ride2School encourages healthy lifestyles by increasing students' physical activity levels .... It's good for their health, good for their education, good for the environment and good for the family budget. Ride2School Day aims to break down the barriers to more students walking and riding to school - get your child/children involved!

Click here for more information

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COAST AND VINES RAIL TRAIL WORKS
Cyclists using the Coast to Vines Rail Trail should be aware that construction has begun on the McLaren vale Overpass
continues on the Seaford Rail Extensions at Seaford, closing the Coast to Vines Rail Trail between Griffiths Drive and Lynton Terrace.

1. McLaren Vale Overpass:

DPTI's contractor Bardavcol has established a compound at the corner of Victor Harbor Road and Martins Road adjacent to the rail trail. Major earthworks have started and heavily laden trucks and other vehicles cross the path frequently. Warning signs and orange bunting have been erected on the approach to the site and cyclists are asked to proceed with care.

If you require further information or would like to discuss the McLaren Vale Overpass please call 08 8402 1856 - line open 9 am to 5 pm weekdays with voicemail outside of these times. Bardavcol's emergency number is 0400 901 455.

email: DPTI.communityrelations@sa.gov.au; visit: infrastructure.sa.gov.au

2. Seaford Rail Extensions 

In late January 2012 a new detour for the Coast to Vines Rail Trail was implemented. Please refer to the current detour on the fact sheet which will be in place until the end of June 2012 (approx.).

The detour from Griffiths Drive goes along Grand Boulevard before joining Seaford Road. This detour will remain unchanged until the final Coast to Vines Rail Trail is implemented. You will receive notification of the final route and timing closer to the time it is put into place.
The City of Onkaparinga has also been advised of the closure of the last section of the old Coast to Vines Rail detour due to safety reasons.

If you would like to speak to a member of the project team please contact the Project Enquiry Line: 1800 791 883 or email: sre.enquiries@tmdjv.com.au.

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ROAD WORKS ON GRANGE ROAD UNTIL SPRING
The Western Pipeline works involve construction of a new 3.2 kilometre water pipeline which will run along a section of Beach Street, and along Grange Road from Beach Street to Findon Road.

Leed will have up to three construction crews working in different locations along the alignment at any one time and construction of the pipeline, together with reinstatement works, are expected to be completed around August / September 2012. Mobilisation works have began, with full construction to commence within Grange Road (between Findon Road and Taplys Hill Road) on Tuesday, 13 March 2012.

Things you need to know:
Right hand turns across Grange Road will be temporarily resitricted as the construction zone progresses and passes these cross overs.
Any detours required will be clearly sign posted.
Leed construction crews will generally be operating in this first section between 7am - 4pm Monday to Saturday. Occassional Sunday works (from 9am) will be required.
On completion of the work, a temporary surface (deep lift) will be applied until each major section of work is completed. The edges of the temporary seal will be sloped to allow for smooth travel over this temporary surface. This allows for a better application of the final road surface on completion of each section of works.

For more information, please call the Western Pipeline Construction Enquiry Line on 1800 799 913 or email us at westernpipeline@leed.net.au.

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REGIONAL CYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES FLOURISH
BSA was invited to Mt Gambier by the local OPAL officer to provide some advice on program development that can fit with the OPAL objective to see more children under the age of 18 years living with a healthy weight range.

The two day visit saw a number of meetings established with business, government and community members of the area.
There is no doubt that the Council is working to create safer cycling. With a key employer in the area being forestry, this means that heavy vehicle logging trucks are a common occurrence, so the need to create safe routes (particularly to schools) is a challenge. Council has identified a number of road treatments and design approaches within the business area to encourage walking and cycling to key cultural locations.

A meeting with Mt Gambier North Primary School provides an inspirational insight into how Principal Jane Turner's looks toward innovation to solve some of the challenges faced by her students. With representatives of the local business community, SAPOL, SA Works the task for this meeting was to look at ways a shared use path (suitable for walking, cycling and pedal prix practice)could be built along the perimeter of the school.
Tourism is real opportunity for the region, from the Blue Lake and along the entire Limestone Coast region. This area lends itself perfectly to the development of one, two and three night cycle tourism product packages as well as longer stay options. A meeting with the Tourism Officer of the local Regional Development Board reinforced equally, the opportunities as well as the challenges of creating an attractive and effective tourism brand for the region.

BSA has been a return visitor over the years in delivering the state governments Way2Go Bike Ed program. We have also sought funding to develop our Team BSA program to assist at-risk youth in school attendance. Meeting again with representatives of SAPOL, Families SA and education department again highlighted the interest in skilling local volunteers to provide these sorts of intervention programs in a measured and effective way.

Mt Gambier has a diverse and vibrant cycling community - from mountain biking, to road racing and general commuter and recreational riding. These are strong foundations and ones that BSA looks forward to supporting in the coming months. A strategic approach in all of the areas that cycling touches will go far in building a cycle friendly community and as we have seen through our recent work in Port Pirie, the "business of cycling" can provide significant benefits, particularly for regional cities.

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