Adrian Tritschler's stuffMy website, an agglomerative mess, probably half-eaten by a gru

Cyclists vs Bicycle Victoria + VicRoads

Monday, Dec 17, 2007

They’re here to help…. I’m convinced that not only is VicRoads determined to get cyclists off the state’s roads, but that Bicycle Victoria is in league with them. Us poor cyclists are outgunned, but not outclassed. Bicycle Victoria appears to like to have concrete things that they can point at to, so that they can prove that they are living up to their motto More people cycling more often … so long as it is on nice safe little off-road bike paths or specially painted bike lanes.

Thursday, Apr 12, 2007

Its amazing the amount of absolute crap you see on the roads when you slow down to cycling speeds… glass, metal, bits of builders' rubble, bits of garden rubbish. Cycle lanes end up full of the stuff and then people on bikes riding legally “as far to the left as practicable” end up completely outside the bike lane and must endure the ire of ignorant people in cars. Unfortunately all the well-meaning bleeding hearts with “cyclists' best interests at heart” seem to want to build more special purpose bike lanes, forgetting that what keeps all the crap out of the roadway is the traffic running over it and flicking it off to the left and right — you build a chunk of road that cars can’t drive on and that’s the bit of the road that ends up with all the crap in it!

Ride to work day

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006

Woohoo, ride to work day! Um, I guess that’ll be just like any other day, except with Bicycle Victoria pumping their fists wildly in the air in the background. As they asked, and as I replied, in their questionaire: How will you celebrate Ride To Work Day?: The same way I celebrate every day, happy to be alive after the idiots in the tin boxes yabbering on their phones haven’t killed me.

The long way to work

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2005

Every year Bicycle Victoria promotes a “Ride to Work Day” in October, and exhorts everyone to ride their bicycles to work, just this once! There’s free breakfast in the city, the odd speech, promotional material, police present to engrave your drivers' license number in your bike if you like — to aid recovery in the event of theft…. The last couple of years I’ve decided to ride in to the city to have a look around, then back out again to go to work.

$ATBIAD$

Monday, Jul 4, 2005

I thought that it was about time I entered Bike Vic’s ATBIAD ride. Hang on — $110 for a soggy salad roll and a ferry ticket? No thanks. Jo and I may well ride down to Sorrento and back, but I don’t think Bicycle Victoria will be getting over$100 for the privilege! With over 5,000 entries, what do they do with the more than half a million dollars from the entries?

BV's competence... part II

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2004

Following on from yesterday’s fun’n’games with Bicycle Victoria, I tried again to login to their website, this time using the password that we found at home on a letter from BV. Still no success. This time when I tried to ring them up I finally managed to get through to a human being. On asking why I seem to be unable to login to their website: Oh yes, we changed all the passwords a year or so ago when we moved to a new database.

Non-existence

Tuesday, Sep 14, 2004

It seems that since my Bicycle Victoria membership expired before Jo’s and we rejoined as a “family membership,” I have ceased to exist in their records. They just can’t seem to get their heads around the family membership thing. Every time I call them or mail them I get asked to become a member, then when I tell them that I am a member they politely tell me that this is not the case.

CM

Friday, Nov 29, 2002

Time to be a feral unemployed bike-activist asshole (according to one posting in that bastion of petrol-headed free speech, <aus.cars>). After several years of reading the Critical Mass mailing lists, but not going to any of their rides, I decided to head into the city for the 7th birthday ride. The last times I was there, years ago, I became quite disillusioned that there were a small number of people who were pro-bike, a large number of people who were anti-car, and a medium sized number of people who were just anti-everything.

Sunday, Oct 20, 2002

stats. Distance 233.32km Riding time 8hr 32m Average speed 27.3km/hr 4.15 am is a completely ridiculous time to be getting out of bed. I hadn’t really slept since about 1 am, neighbours seemed to be coming home steadily between two and three, a cat was yowling outside the window the whole time, and then the birds started chirping around 3.

…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.