Alasdair officially joined the Bicycle Tasmania team in July 2013, sharing duties with Emma Pharo. We are delighted to have Alasdair on board as he has a tremendous set of skills and knowledge, as well as a passion for getting more people onto bikes.
Dear Bicycle Tasmania Members,
“A bicycle is a splendid thing,” remarks Bartolomeo Aymo in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and many can appreciate this sentiment. For as long as I can recall, cycling has been my primary – and for the most part only – form of transport. I can still recollect that first exhilarating moment when I learnt to balance and ride on two wheels. Twenty years on, and still every ride, however short or long is equally exhilarating.
For the past four years, I’ve had the privilege of living in two truly great cycling friendly cities; Berlin and Barcelona. Throughout this time, I discovered that there is a whole lot more to the bicycle, beyond its humble metal fabrication. Indeed, in increasingly urbanised societies, supporting cycling movements could very well be our ticket to fostering healthy and happy communities, and the solution to some of the great urban challenges of the 21st Century.
Since moving back to Australia, I’ve been eager to develop and build the bicycle culture here. I believe that through developing cycling infrastructure and effectively communicating the vast array of benefits associated with cycling – from health to city building – Tasmania can be a pioneer of cycling culture in Australia.
In addition to my advocacy work around active transport, I’m a Fine Arts student at the University of Tasmania and co-director of a humble online publication exploring and raising awareness of urban design and planning in Southern Tasmania (www.the-flaneur.com).I’m extremely proud to become part of the Bicycle Tasmania family, and look forward to working with you all to growing and supporting Tasmania’s cycling community. If you have any questions, queries or suggestions, or just want to talk about cycling, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0481 154 710 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.