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Journeys : Feb March 2010
Look left, look right, look ArtBike! Get ready for ArtBike, a free ser vice that allows you to borrow a bike and cruise the arts precinct of Hobart in a fun and environmentally-friendly way. Inspired by successful bike hire schemes in Paris and Barcelona, and with similar projects commencing in Melbour ne and Adelaide, ArtBike offers visitors and locals the chance to borrow bikes for free, to explore Hobart's galleries and artistic attractions in a healthy and sustainable way. So what does ArtBike have in common with a motoring club? The R ACT, along with all levels of government, has recognised that residents and visitors are increasingly using bicycles for commuting, leisure and exercise. We are keen to encourage and support this trend. Additionally, the RACT brand is now strongly entwined with the local arts community through the R ACT Insurance Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize (see w w w.typp.com.au ) R ACT ROADSIDE will offer its Bike Assist breakdow n ser vice free for ArtBike users, thus promoting the project and helping to keep participants rolling along smoothly. Cities large and small across Australia, Europe and the Americas are embracing imaginative initiatives such as this to reduce carbon emissions and traffic in their cities. The ArtBike project will serve the dual purpose of encouraging support for our public and private art galleries while also investigating the feasibility of a free bike-sharing program for Hobart. Funded by the Hobart City Council and a Tasmanian Gover nment Climate Connect grant, ArtBike is a collaboration between Arts Tasmania's arts industry development unit arts@work, Hobart City Council, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, UTAS, the CAST ArtBike team and the R ACT. Maps will be provided to users with galleries and routes identified. The design phase for the distinctive bikes and storage hubs commences February, so look out for these unmistakeable ArtBikes on the streets by late 2010. Staying below .05 in Northern Tasmania RACT has throw n its weight behind Breatho! Stay Below .05 and is asking R ACT members to put up their hands as volunteers to assist this positive initiative again this summer. The program ran successfully at Festivale and the Launceston Cup in 2009 and will be offered again free to patrons at these two Northern Tasmanian events in 2010. Nathalie Ser vant (r ight), Community Safety Officer at Launceston City Council, says that Breatho! Stay below .05 helps patrons to understand about personal tolerance to alcohol and lear n simple strategies that will allow them to celebrate with friends without taking risks on the way home. "The stall provides infor mation on staying under the legal driving limit, available alter native transport options and offer voluntary breath testing using accurate equipment," Nathalie says. The concept behind the program is simple -- drinking is about planning and knowing yourself. • Planning – because it is too late to wonder whether you’ve dr unk too much when it's time to drive home • Knowing yourself – because everybody metabolises alcohol in a different way The program is delivered by volunteers who seek to make a positive difference within their ow n community. As one volunteer from the 2009 program said: "If I have made one person aware then my time was worth it." If you're interested in joining a team, you'll be provided with a two-hour induction session that gives you the skills to welcome and assist patrons in making their individual drink/ driving choices. A common question is why does the Breatho! Stay below .05 stall regularly close to patrons one hour before the end of an event? "The stall will close at the same time as alcohol dispen sing stalls, because by that time patrons should have ar ranged their safe travel options. If they have con sumed too much, they should find alter native transport and not leave the decision until the last minute," Nathalie says. "In any case, remember the Road Safety Ta sk Force’s campaign message: If you have to ask yourself ‘A m I OK to drive?' you're already playing a dangerous game. Drink driving -- don't push your luck." Breatho! Stay below .05 is an initiative of the Launceston Community Road Safety Partnership (Launceston City Council, the Department of Infrastr ucture, Energy and Resources and the community) R ACT members who would like to volunteer are encouraged to email Nathalie -- Nathalie.Servant@launceston.tas.gov.au Look out for the Breatho! Stay below .05 stall at these upcoming events: Festivale 12-13-14 Febr uary 2010 and at the Launceston Cup on 24 February 2010. For more on the Road Safety Task Force's work in the Tasmanian community, check out ww w.rstf.tas.gov.au February / March 10 8
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