And the reason it’s the last Sunday Spin ever is in fact some really good news.
In 2013, Phil has been asked to start his statewide Saturday Breakfast stint at 5 am instead of 6 am. And he has proposed back to the ABC powers-that-be that the first hour could be the Mens Shed and Sunday Spin segments that he already records with regular guests on Fridays. And it seems like that is good to go.
So from late January we will be back on the air with 30 minutes each week on statewide ABC at 5.30 am on Saturdays, and on the digital ABC across Australia at 2.30pm on Sundays.
We’re going to need a new name … what would you call it? (The Spinsters??)
Here is this week’s Sunday Spin, with a focus on commuting and an interview with Gavin Bannerman about the upcoming Pushies Galore event.
I’m about to head off to Mount Perry for a mountain bike race that I just love.
Rebecca Rusch leading the two men who finished one-two in the Dirty Kanza, Rusty & Dan.
And getting me going this morning is an inspirational story from Rebecca Rusch, Specialized-sponsored enduro mtb racer in the US. Last weekend Rebecca raced a 200 mile dirt road event called the Dirty Kanza 200. And finished third, overall. A-freakin-MAZE-ing!
The Heart Foundation is a really good NGO, and I’ve had plenty of dealings with their Queensland CEO, Cameron Prout, who is a very smart dude who always makes lots of sense.
And so I wasn’t surprised, but I was delighted, when the Heart Foundation announced some research titled “Increasing Density in Australia; maximising the health benefits and minimising harm”.
It’s an ‘evidence summary’ of the available research worldwide which looks at the effects of urban density on population health.
To sum it up: A well-designed, high-density urban environment is a good and healthy place to live.
What we have at the moment is the result of Australia’s national self-understanding of being the ‘wide brown land’ in which there are ‘boundless plains to share’.
Well yes, we do have lots of space, but it turns out that humans do best when they huddle together a bit. We need urban density to make our cities walkable and livable and rideable, and generally more human.
Here’s the research person Prof Billie Giles-Corti on the subject.
Circumstances not entirely beyond my control led to me driving to work this morning, via Mt Gravatt. At peak hour.
It looked like this.
That’s Juliette St east-bound, just before Thompson Estate Reserve. Which has a bike path running through it.
I saw a couple of cyclists go past under me as I sat there. And sat there. Burning fuel, burning time, burning a hole in my brain.
Yes, its hard to pick out, but there is a rider there.
And Foster The People sang about change. (As always thanks to Adrian & Amy for telling me about the bands I would like).
And of course I hated sitting in the traffic. And I wanted to get out of the car and go over to some other cars and talk to people in a non-confrontational and supportive way and ask them why they were doing this to themselves. Is there really no better way to get where you’re going than this?
But all of us had made decisions which put us in into our own cars and thus into this situation. Me included.
It’s sometimes good to be reminded of how good I have it when I ride to work.
I see Diana’s formidable strength as the result of the kind of life that she wants to be living. She bikes everywhere and every day. She bikes her four-year-old to preschool. She rides to Portland State University. She bikes to her cyclocross races. She even bikes her older daughter to high school in the family cargo bike. When she’s riding alone, her relative lightness ignites her prey drive and makes powering up hills even more rewarding.
No claims to being an athlete around here. But the integration of training into life every day all the time, that’s pretty awesome. I like riding slow pretty often, especially on short transport trips, but every time you jump on the bike its good for you, even when you deliberately ride slow.