The Bullsheet      Sunrise  7:01am        Pete 'n Scribe are starting 10 mins early
Wear your Team Muggaccinos jersey (Englishman and TexDubbo are the latest to purchase a Muggs' jersey

Pursuant to new clause (ix) of the "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment" e-mail BankTeller by 5pm this Friday if you expect to join this ride, because 'Three strikes (in any bi-month) and you are out forever', because such memory loss may evidence that you are suffering from dementia that renders you a 'physical safety risk' to other Muggs riders, and also to yourself.  Cyclists over 60 are more vulnerable to dementia or Early Onset Alzheimer's and a serious 'trauma caused spinal injury', than younger riders, so provide evidence that you can still remember the simple things, that once were simple.  This You Tube will help. 
The bicycle fatality on Kissing Point Rd, Turramurra in 2013 was due to rider error.  When you ride with Muggs, you are cognizant that you might end the ride in a hearse bound for a morgue or in an ambulance to RNSH Spinal Unit, as a few Muggs have (not limited to Helga, Ian, The Whippet, Guy aka Lawyer).

8:35am Sunday, 2 July '17 - Hornsby station Jersey St carpark for Quatre Montagnes 1st Leg to Mt White Village Store, Mt White from 10:15am
+   Return via PitS to Hornsby  -  ETR 1:05pm  -  71km
+   OR  return via Berowra Waters, Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston & Galston Gorge  -  87.7km  -  ETR 2:05pm


Ride Organiser, Phil Johnston aka Bank Teller  0434 715.861 [1st Acceptor], Jane aka Neo-Luddite [3rd Acceptor], Jean aka ChiliDog [4th Acceptor], are starting from Hornsby @ 8:35am.

 Ron aka Draughtsman, Chris aka Recalcitrant BankTeller [6th Acceptor] Bill aka Glasgow [3rd Responder], (unless he gets seconded into family b-b-q) Tony aka Publican [6th Responder],    John aka L'Etape, George aka Englishman David aka TreeHugger, John aka Auckland, , 
John aka Auckland is on 4 weeks leave in NZ, and plans to ride with Muggs upon his return.

Pete aka CampyAficinado is an 11th hour drop-out as wife, Coralie, who must be obeyed, has seconded Pete to attend a family 'din dins'.

If you think you are >80% of joining us, contingent upon being greeted by a fine morn', can you e-mail Scribe, and he will add ya moniker above.  If an 11th hour impediment 'pops-up', No Worries.

Nosh Stops:
Mt White Village Store, Mt White, Mt White        from 10:15am       (30 min)
Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston                                    from 12:55pm        (25 min)
King of the Mountain climbs:
   Cherro Point Rd to 15m past Mt White sign               7.55km
Berowra Waters to Berrilee                                          3.50km
Galston Bridge to Hornsby Heights Bus Stop            3.2km

1st Leg:  Hornsby station Jersey St carpark N/W side of station due Nth to Mt White Village Store, Mt White - 35km -  100 min

8:35am rollout for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min) from 10:15am. 

2nd Leg:  Mt White to Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston  -  38.3km - 130 min (agg 73.3km)


South down Old Pacific H'way for 24km to Berowra

R into Berowra Waters Rd for 6km to Berowra Waters ferry and 1st Sag Stop (10 min) waiting for Ferry

Ahead scaling to 3.5km to Koppers Log KOM at Berrilee

Ahead along for 6.8km to Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston for 2nd Nosh Stop (25 min) from 12:55pm.

3rd Leg:  Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston to Hornsby Heights Bus Shelter - 10.7km - 30 min (agg 84km)

Sth 4km along Galston Rd to Galston Roundabout
Left East 4.6km dropping to Galston Gorge timber bridge
Ahead climbing 3.3km to
Hornsby Heights Bus Shelter 2nd Sag Stop (5 min) arriving 1:50pm.

4th Leg:  Hornsby Heights Bus Shelter to Hornsby station carpark - 3.7km - 10 min (agg 87.7km)

Left East 2.9km to Hookham's Cnr.

Right into Pacific Highway for 1.1km to Hornsby station carpark - ETR 2:05pm.

Risk Warning

Ø   Do not cycle over the metal girders on the ramp at the Berowra Waters ferry, 'cause you will come down hard, like many before you if you try to cycle over any of the longitudinal steel beams.

Ø   Descend Les Montagnes real slow on wet or damp roads.

Ø   Hardcopy these directions and bring on Sunday

Ø   Expend 5 min studying your street directory for this route, if you haven't ridden it before

Ø   Don't ride two abreast on single lane roads with an unbroken centre line and descend corners on wet roads as though you are skating on ice

Ø   When passing a fellow Mugg, always provide a metre clearance.  If you can't, or are passing on the inside, you MUST call out loudly eg. "passing inside" etc

Some forms of cycling are dangerous.  An ave of 36 Australian cyclists have been killed annually since 2000.  95% of these fatalities occur on the road

Other cyclists in Australia break bones and incur nerve impairment from falling off their bikes in accidents. 

A cyclist could fall from his/her bike, inter alia, due to -
(i)      being hit by a car or another cyclist; or
(ii)     encountering a pothole;

(iii)    cycling too fast on a wet downhill where the coefficient of friction is much less, particularly at corners; or
(iv)    getting their bicycle wheel caught in a gap in a timber bridge.

A negligent cyclist could -

(a)    be litigated by a seriously injured cyclist, or 3rd party (ie. a woman pushing a pram on a footpath or a car driver) under common law where the damages could exceed $500,000; and

(b)    lose his/her home if he/she did not have public liability insurance which covers their negligence whilst on a push bike.

A negligent cyclist who did not have personal injury insurance (ie self-employed without income protection cover) could struggle to meet regular outgo commitments.

A seriously injured cyclist could be awarded damages which a negligent cyclist could not afford to pay if the negligent cyclist -
(I)     did not have public liability insurance cover; and/or
(II)    did not possess valuable assets.

    Cycling without Public Liability cover is as silly as driving without 3rd Party -
 join Bicycle NSW for PL insurance, so that all Muggs are better protected

    Click on: Risk Management which warns of 'inter alia', the dangers of cycling on public roads with motor cars, potholes and over bridges with vertical timber planks with gaps

   Cycling with Muggs is predicated upon notifying Bank Teller if you materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos' "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"

Last Sunday's St Ives, West Head, Church Point 'n back  -  51km -  8 riders

Bank Teller  took the below four pics of the carpark opposite Pattisons Patisserie at St Ives at midday last Sunday, 25th June, following Muggs' abbreviated ride to West Head and Church Point.  These pics evidence that the recently extended carpark off Mona Vale Rd, St Ives, had four cars parked in it.  30 of the 34 car spaces were vacant.  Why so empty, when on a Sunday morning over recent years, you couldn't previously get a parking spot in there after 8am in Winter and earlier in Summer?  Because prior to the recent redevelopment by Ku'ring'gai Council, there was no time limit on parking in this carpark on Sundays. Nowadays, following the renovations and minor extension that occurred three months ago, perhaps because the local shops complained about road cyclists clogging up the carpark on Sundays, parking is now restricted to 2 hours after 9am on Sundays. Hence, road cyclists that invariably filled it up prior to the recent refurb, cannot park their vehicle there, if their Sunday morning bicycle ride will not finish prior to 11am. 

On Sunday mornings, Bank Teller parks his Berlingo 'baguette van' in Stanley St (opposite), and evidences a lot of cars, with bicycle clamp racks fitted, similarly parked in Stanley St. and nearby Lynbara Ave.  What is the economic rational for Ku'ring'gai Council to recently extend the size of this carpark and then force road cyclists to park in nearby streets by setting a 2 hour maximum stay after 9am on Sundays?  Surely, Council could remove/amend the time limit signs on all car spaces (for Sundays), except the 10 spaces that directly affront Mona Vale Rd. 

One ponders -

(a)        the methodology that Council applied to impose the two hour time limit on Sundays after 9am for the entire 34 car spaces, because a useful off-road carpark is now unused, with many road cyclists' vehicles that used to park in it (off-the-road), now park on roadways outside houses; and 

(b)        whether when expending rate-payers monies to increase the capacity of a social utility, whether Council subsequently monitored the patronage of this utility after restricting parking on Sundays to two hours post 9am.

Bank Teller has observed this carpark (post ride between 12:15pm and 1:30pm) on the four occasions that Muggs cyclists have commenced their Sunday bicycle ride from St. Ives since the recent carpark refurb - from early April.  He has never seen more than seven vehicles in it.  On one Sunday two tow trucks were parked in it.

One of the two tow trucks referred to above in front, with the other nestled in the background

Above and below pics of two SUVs (with bicycle racks aloft) parked in Stanley St around midday on a Sunday when most of the road cyclists have finished their Sunday morning ride and vamoosed

Bank Teller   27 June '17