The Melbourne Writers Festival is in full swing so it seemed like a great time to revisit one of Val and I’s favourite intersections, books and bikes. I first met MWF Director Lisa Dempster on Twitter many years ago over a bike tweet, (A Surly Steamroller that was for sale and which turned out to be too big for her but which my husband still rides … ) and she was also a regular contributor for Treadlie Magazine for many years. Is it coincidence that there has been a cycling themed stream in each festival Lisa has run or a sign of the times?
Val and I’s studio guest is Greg Foyster, author of Changing Gears, and a guest on the show in the past. Greg is involved in a couple of sessions at this years MWF and seemed the perfect person to share our favourite cycle reading with. You can find literary intersections with bicycles in the most unexpected places, I even felt the resonance in Chris Hadfield’s keynote speech about space travel!
Is there a better name for a cyclocross series than Fields of Joy? I don’t think so.
Last Monday Val and I’s guest on the Yarra BUG Radio Show was Colin Bell of Sunbury Cycling Club and the aforementioned, Fields of Joy Cyclocross series. There are so many amazing levels to this story and as usual, in a half hour show, we only just touched on a few.
How often does someone come to a cycling club and say we have some land we’d like you to use, here, take it? The Fields of Joy story is well worth hearing and you can tune into the podcast here. After that go and check out their blog and Facebook page.
Like most community radio stations 3CR Community Radio relies heavily on subscribers and donations from it’s listeners to be able to stay on air. 3CR is a really important station in Melbourne as it gives a voice to many people who just aren’t heard in mainstream media, and certainly not on their own terms. It is also the station that hosts the Yarra BUG Radio Show. Val Nagle and I present this half-hour of radio every second Monday (our colleagues, Chris and Steve present on alternative Mondays) and it gives us thirty minutes to talk about issues important to riders in the inner-north of Melbourne and beyond. It might be about budgets, advocacy, politics, infrastructure, or mad rides, riders, fun on bikes and the people behind it all. 3CR is Melbourne’s activist radio station and is the platform we use to actively inspire those who ride, or would like to ride in Melbourne. We need your support to stay on the air so it would be great if you could donate to the Radiothon, and mention Yarra BUG radio show in the appropriate box when doing so. In return, here’s a podcast from last week’s show where we were joined by City of Melbourne Cr Cathy Oke. We spent half an hour chatting about the next set of bike projects to be included in the draft budget for the city, the city’s Walking Plan and how it may or may not affect riders, Flemington Rd and Velo-city Global. Cathy generously donated to the Radiothon and in return, I’ll be sharing my riding-with-a-baby-on-the-bike expertise so that she and her daughter can hit the bike paths!