19 Feb 2008, Comments (8)

Applause!

Author: Helen

The internets are all great fun. Sometimes I feel as though I’m just churning out words though, and wish I was doing more with this medium, to improve live on earth right here, right now, in some tangible way.

Cileo of cfsmtb (in low earth orbit) has done just that.

Ms Kosky will today meet bicycle and transport groups to advise them that she will reverse the policy.

…Chris Star, who helped form lobby group Bin the Bike Ban last month, said she was relieved the ban had been dropped.

“It created a lot of anger because we saw it as a denial of service. And it was done at such short notice and without consultation,” she said.

Oh well done that woman! (and all the other people in Victoria who lobbied against the ban). Here’s the Balcony’s response over the fold…




Comments (8)

  • That woman says:

    As mentioned in the BtBB post, it was a state-wide ensemble effort. Lots of people all over Victoria, regardless of whether they rode bikes or not, or even took their bikes on the train, or not, woke up and collectively had thoughts to the effect of ‘fk this for a game of soldiers’. And got to work.

    Game plan for any grassroots campaign, firstly clearly work out your basic demands, get a email list, contact anyone or anything who could be vaguely interested in the campaign, get a website (huge thx to Brianna!) and keep it together with plenty of straight talking and networking. Also take every opportunity to tart away in the meedya (nicely)

  • Helen says:

    Good point that woman! I’ve edited it slightly.

  • I was moderately conflicted (a constant state of mine) with this edict. On one hand I was glad.

    Having had a smelly, scruffily dressed, dreadlocked, smelly, green stickered, neo hippy ona muddy rainy day bang his badly maintained mountain bike up against my suit leg on a morning train not only giving me a large brown streak of mud but also a generous smear of grease. along with an insincere sneering apology – thus rendering me not only de-satorialised on the day but nessecitating dicing the suit – I was happy to see the ban.

    To be fair I have also had my shoes and lower left hand trouser spewed on at an 8 am commute by a female besuited pencil skirted stiletto strutting careerist . I still haven’t figure out the reason.

    In addition as usual I wasn’t impressed by the legions of shower dodging IT guys who rushed to the net to rail against “teh fascists”.

    On the other hand as a bicycle pedaler I was inconvenienced as I have on oaccasin to rail it with the bike in peak hour. (Not that I’d ever go to any proper work sweaty, with helmet hair and in “casual riding gear”) and longed for a confrontation with a Ticket Inspector.

    In the end I guessed it was a fuck up by a senior public service wonk(ette) and would be rescinded. It was.

  • That woman says:

    In addition as usual I wasn’t impressed by the legions of shower dodging IT guys who rushed to the net to rail against “teh fascists”.

    So you didn’t like the sympathetic comments from gunzels on Railpage or something? Considering most of the local players in this campaign were 1. female and 2. not IT nerds, I’m puzzled to where your particular judgment stems from.

    Mind you I’m more disgusted by ample male bellies overflowing their belts & strides and immature foul mouthed pod dweller cockheads, than a extremely rare sighting of actual bike-riding hippies any day.

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  • Mind you I’m more disgusted by ample male bellies overflowing their belts & strides and immature foul mouthed pod dweller cockheads,..

    Me too. Glad I’m not one of them.

    Although disgusted is a bit strong. My general tone is sort of permanent mild disapproval of most things including myself.

  • Helen says:

    To be fair I have also had my shoes and lower left hand trouser spewed on at an 8 am commute by a female besuited pencil skirted stiletto strutting careerist . I still haven’t figure out the reason.

    FX, I have to say this isn’t the FX I know. You seem very damning towards a young woman whose attire is probably dictated by the environment in which she’s working.

    Is a young guy who’s just wearing the clothes demanded of him by the work environment a “strutting careerist”? Is it the natural order of women not to want careers, therefore anyone corporately dressed on the train who is not male must be a strutting egomaniac? Should she be barefoot, pregnant and back at home at 8 am?

    (I can think of one, very common reason why a young woman would throw up at 8 am. I’m working with a young woman who goes for a regular hurl every hour or so. Come on, work it out FX – it’s not too difficult! There’s a clue in the previous sentence.)

  • David F says:

    I wish I’d heard of this one earlier! The whole idea is really quite offensive! Banning bikes really is the wrong response to over crowding issues on trains! Imagine the extra congestion if all those people were to drive to work!

    Surely with proposed targets of 60% – 90% emission cuts our transport managers should be committed to promoting the combined use of bicycles and public transport. In fact it seems to me this is the only practicable way to commute in the future. The private automobile will crush any chances of meeting our emission targets.

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