Tuesday 12th Feb: planned Melbourne action

21 January, 2008 – 2:37 am

Let this post be planning central for Tuesday 12th Feb. If you want to help, leave a comment on this post.

How can you help? Let us know:

  • Creating cardboard props [beforehand]
  • Disseminating information via email/phone (eg. press releases) [beforehand]
  • Disseminating information in person (eg. leaflets) [beforehand]
  • Using cardboard props [on the day]
  • Disseminating information in person (eg. leaflets) [on the day]
  • Taking photographs, providing moral support [on the day]

What are your preferred times and places for taking part?

Estimated requirements

  • Active partipants: at least a dozen?
  • Supportive types: at least 10?
  • Press releases: released at least Friday 8th??
  • Prop construction: weekend 9-10th
  1. 9 Responses to “Tuesday 12th Feb: planned Melbourne action”

  2. Hi Brianna,

    I have to go to work that arvo but if you were thinking of doing the action 1st thing in the morning I would be able to film it for you and put it on youtube.

    Can I suggest a city train station to get maximum exposure?

    Best wishes,

    By Kerry Tait on Jan 21, 2008

  3. I know it’s the main idea, but I’m sceptical about a whole lot of us with cardboard bikes on trains. I think that it will only make us look like trouble makers and will do exactly what the government are saying we’re doing – taking up space. To me, I think we’re playing right into their hands and proving their point.

    By Bethany on Jan 21, 2008

  4. As a rural family with four teenage boys we rely on the combination of cycling and the rail network as a safe, effective way for our teenagers to go to sports, visit friends, etc, etc, and generally just develop some independence. Many other families rely on it for far more important reasons such as getting to and from work and school.

    What can I do here in Woodend to help fight this absurd ban?

    By Catherine Pell on Jan 21, 2008

  5. What are the consequences of not following the bike ban? I’m searching for actual details. Also the ban is on surfboards as well. We really need a back carriage allowance for this.

    By Jess on Jan 21, 2008

  6. Hi,
    Id be happy to hand out leaflets, and also take photos in the morning. Congrats on all the hard work,


    By Bernie on Jan 21, 2008

  7. I’d be happy to help on the day,so please contact me if needed. How about a larger protest that ties in with Critical Mass or Cyclovia or some larger cycling event?


    By Sonya Jeffery on Jan 21, 2008

  8. To Bethany:

    For a city action, I don’t know that getting on the trains would provide that much exposure. I think just hanging around the station is more the point. You are 100% correct that jamming onto packed trains at any time of the day with bicycles made of any material, is not a crowd-pleasing move. 🙂

    By pfctdayelise on Jan 22, 2008

  9. To Jess:

    “It is worth noting that at this stage, while transport officers can refuse to take your bike on-board, they do not have the power to fine you for carrying a bicycle on a train. For this to happen, another executive order must be given (by the Director of Public Transport) and tabled in the Gazette. This will no doubt occur in time, but at this stage there is no ability of transport officers to fine you.”

    So all they can do at this stage is ask you to get off at the next station.

    Then again, I’ve never actually seen rail staff on an overcrowded peakhour train, so it’s a bit of a hypothetical 😉

    (Also, check the wording of the Connex notice very carefully: surfboards are not actually included in the ban)

    By pfctdayelise on Jan 22, 2008

  10. To Sonya:

    Critical Mass defies control by any single entity 🙂

    And Cyclovia was cancelled!! 🙁

    By pfctdayelise on Jan 22, 2008

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