Last week Val and I rung in spring with studio guests Pip Carroll and Jette Achleidtner from The Squeaky Wheel. The Squeaky Wheel runs rides and programs that foster engagement with Australian culture by bike, one of my annual favourites with them is the MoreArt bike rides, and since spring is a busy time for them we wanted to run through what they have coming up. Have a listen to hear about whats going on and also to hear about the other programs they run and they way in which they use engagement with Australian culture as a tool for getting people onto their bikes.
We also remembered Bill Deller, a colleague at 3CR who sadly, passed away suddenly recently. RIP Bill. We’re going to miss you.
It’s a few weeks ago now but a quick trip to Japan and an imploding laptop have slowed things down around here. Back in September, the 22nd to be precise, Val and I enjoyed having Rod Charles, author of ‘A Whirr of Many Wheels’ on the Yarra BUG Radio Show.
Rod is a very entertaining guest, as you’ll hear, and has written an incredibly comprehensive history of cycling in Geelong from 1869 to 1914. Of course, since everything that happened in Geelong came via somewhere else, his history of course ends up spreading a far wider net and is in effect a history of cycling worldwide, as it arrived in Geelong. One aspect that particularly impressed me is the inclusion of women and women’s cycling in the history, to an extent that is all too rare. You can catch up with the podcast of this program here;
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!