I love hearing from people who’ve been to the Netherlands, especially when its a visit to one of my favourite towns, Utrecht. In this week’s programme on 3CR Val and I were joined by Melbourne City Cr Cathy Oke. Cathy was recently on a study tour of the Netherlands, along with a dozen other Australians influential in policy and practice around urban mobility.
Based in Utrecht and visiting cities all over the country, the tour participants not only met local experts and heard about the role of cycling in urban transport but also got out on the streets on two wheels to see everything in practice. If you missed the show live you can tune in to the podcast here:
The tour was organised by the CPF in conjunction with the Netherlands Consulate. You can read Craig Woolridge’s (Department of Transport WA) report here.
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.
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!