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Cycling fines soar

Cycling FinesMost of us have heard recently about warnings issued by police to local riders for rolling through STOP signs.

The SMH reports that the number of fines handed to cyclists in NSW has surged by more than a third in the first year of increased penalties, which has led to the state government collecting more than $2.2 million in revenue from the top-five offences.

Almost two-thirds of the 9760 infringement notices issued in the 12 months after the new laws were introduced were for failing to wear helmets, the fine for which quadrupled to $319 on March 1 last year.

Read more at the SMH >>>

2017 – Annual Dinner & AGM

Kiama Bowling ClubAttention all Kiama BUG members….

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Kiama Bicycle Users Group will be held at the Kiama Bowling Club on Tuesday 27th June 2017 – 6:15 pm for a 6:30 start.

The AGM will be followed by dinner, along with some interesting cycling-related presentations.

Please review the information below – to either nominate to serve on the KBUG committee, and/or to select from the menu for the AGM dinner……

Nomination for Kiama BUG Executive
AGM - Nomination form

If you wish to serve on the Kiama BUG executive committee, you may self-nominate, in which case you may find a seconder for your nomination or we will arrange for a seconder for you. Nomination forms must be returned to either the Returning Officer (details on the form) or Kiama Cycles by the COB on Monday 19th June.

AGM Dinner Menu

Dinner menu

The Bowling Club caterer has provided us with an (optional) set menu.

  • Please make your selection for dinner using the menu form below,
    before Tuesday 20th June.

    • Each item on the set menu is $12.00.
  • You can also choose from the Club’s full menu on the night.
    • These meals may take longer to serve than meals from the set menu.

Click the menu button below to register your selection….

Dinner Menu

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the AGM on Tuesday 27th June. 

 

Bike helmet review throws cold water on sceptics: they’ll likely save your life

From the Sydney Morning Herald…

Cycling HelmetTampere, Finland: The largest review yet of bike helmet use by 64,000 injured cyclists worldwide has found helmets reduce the chances of a serious head injury by nearly 70 per cent.

Claims that bike helmets damaged the neck and caused serious brain injury were also found to be wrong in the study by University of NSW statistician Dr Jake Olivier, who presented on Tuesday to the international injury prevention conference Safety 2016 in Finland.

Do cyclists really need to wear flouro?

Flouro-cyclistThis article will promote some interesting discussion….

From SMH (6/8/2016): When it comes to safety on two wheels, is brighter really better, or have we been sold the great fluoro fallacy?

“Being visible is different from being noticed. Visibility is about standing out from the background and cyclists can enhance that, especially in poor weather or low lighting conditions, by wearing high-visibility materials,” says Dr Sandar Tin Tin

“But being noticed is different because it depends on drivers’ attention to and expectation of the cyclists,” she says.

This distinction is key to a Transport for London commercial, viewed more than 22 million times on YouTube, that asks viewers to count how many passes a basketball team makes.

2016 AGM and Dinner

Kiama Bowling ClubAttention all Kiama BUG members….

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Kiama Bicycle Users Group will be held at the Kiama Bowling Club on Tuesday 21st June 2015 – 6:15 pm for a 6:30 start.

The AGM will be followed by dinner.

Please review the information below – to either nominate to serve on the executive committee, and/or to select from the menu for the AGM dinner……

Nomination for Kiama BUG Executive
AGM - Nomination form

If you wish to serve on the Kiama BUG executive committee, you may self-nominate, in which case you may find a seconder for your nomination or we will arrange for a seconder for you. Nomination forms must be returned to either the Returning Officer (details on the form) or Kiama Cycles by the COB on Sunday 12th June.

AGM Dinner Menu

Dinner menu

The Bowling Club caterer has provided us with an (optional) set menu.

  • Please make your selection for dinner using the form below,
    before Tuesday 14th June.

    • Each item on the set menu is $12.00.
  • You can also choose from the Club’s full menu on the night.
    • Prices for meals from the full menu are typically in the range
      $12.00 – $20.00.
    • These meals may take longer to serve than meals from the set menu.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the AGM on Tuesday 21st June. 

Surge in number of fines for cyclists not wearing a helmet

From the Sydney Morning Herald….

The number of infringement notices issued by police has risen dramatically following a recent crack down on cyclists who do not wear approved helmets.

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The latest statistics show a 56 per cent rise, to 1545, in the total number of fines issued in the two months after the government increased penalties for cyclists on March 1, compared with the same period a year earlier. 

The fine for riding without a helmet more than quadrupled on March 1 to $319.

The amount of fines collected from people riding without helmets totalled $350,262 in March and April, compared with just over $50,000 in the same period in 2015.

 

A fit body leads to a fit brain

Exercise helps your brainFrom the Sydney Morning Herald…..

The most persistent theme in exercise science in 2015 was that to live long, age well and maintain a nimble mind and shapely brain, we must be physically active – but not for as much time as many of us might fear, or in the ways that many of us might guess.

Certainly the most encouraging research this year focused on the links between regular exercise and improvements in our thinking and the structure of our brains. There has been discussion in past years about how exercise increases the number of new neurons in the brain and sharpens thinking skills and mood, especially as we age.

But this year, interest among scientists in exercise and brain health seemed to reach a critical mass. Many new studies are highlighting previously unexplored ways in which exercise changes our brains and minds. A recent brain-scan study in Japan found that the brains of fit older men were almost as efficient as the brains of young people.