university life #1: cycle of desire

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a green, green machine: the author’s Surly Long Haul Trucker

Now you’ve gotten into Uni,

how are you going to get in to Uni?

My bum hurts.

I get too sweaty.

I don’t feel safe.

I’ve got too much gear.

I’d fall off!

A f*@*ing nuisance on the road.

The UOW campus is nirvana for 600 enlightened cycle-commuters each day, and Illawarra cyclists have both dedicated cycle/foot  paths and quiet on-road routes. The UOW has a Bicycle User Group (BUG) to encourage and support all riders, and provides cycle maps to help students and staff navigate their journeys.

There are facilities for 800 bicycles, from sculpturally enticing curved stainless steel racks to locked, keycard only Bike-Bases, with showers and private lockers. The lucky serial commuter-cyclists are easy to spot as they exit the Bike-Base on their way to learn or teach: jaunty, smiling, ready for breakfast and unmistakeably clean-smelling.

After all, they haven’t been fuming in a traffic jam, agonising over parking or squashed into a shuttle bus.

Cycle commuting to UOW will appeal to those concerned about the environment, social and workplace health and road congestion.

Clean, green, efficient.

desirable…

 

References:

http://www.austroads.com.au/abc/benefits-of-cycling

http://www.uow.edu.au/transport/cycling/UOW095586.html

http://www.uow.edu.au/transport/cycling/UOW095589.html (UOW BUG)

https://www.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@bg/documents/doc/uow076068.pdf (Illawarra cycle map)

http://www.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@bg/documents/doc/uow060583.pdf  (Illawarra cycle map)

http://www.bicycleinfo.nsw.gov.au/riding_safely/index.html

http://surlybikes.com/bikes/long_haul_trucker

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