[CAMWEST-discuss] Total overhaul of the web site

Ian Macindoe imacian at bigpond.net.au
Thu Sep 14 01:42:29 UTC 2006


This is great, Nick. A credit to you. I'm swamped right now (trying to get 
thru 300 emails after a week in Melbourne, plus some other deadline stuff) 
so will leave it to others to give you detailed feedback/help/suggestions.
Ian
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nick Urbanik" <nicku at nicku.org>
To: <camwest-discuss at nicku.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 4:50 AM
Subject: [CAMWEST-discuss] Total overhaul of the web site


> Dear Folks,
>
> Well, I have completely remade the entire web site.  It is no longer
> possible to get the old pages over the web.  Requests for old pages
> will be redirected to the new pages.
>
> The site is much bigger than I thought.  A lot of it is linked to in a
> very obscure way.  I still need to come up with a clearer way of
> getting to the vital stuff.
>
> Can anyone suggest a suitable photo of happy cyclists to put on the
> front page, as you suggested, Ian?
>
> I have copied parts of Martin Olmos's TODO list.  If anyone feels
> inspired to contribute something, I'll put it on the web site.
>
> I am open to any ideas you may have on ways to change the site for the
> better.
>
> IDEAS
> * use free tickets to Tizzana ride, etc, for competitions, etc. Or
>  maybe half price tickets? Competitions: Why Bikes are good - short
>  essay; Top 10 list (Why I love bikes, why bikes are good, etc).
> * Use the power of stories somehow, to envision what 'could'
>  be. Postcards from the future.
> * Do a profile of subscribers each issue, with simple questions and a
>  small photo. Wd create a bigger sense of community. If people don't
>  volunteer, we cd start with camwest people. Cd also use free ticket
>  rides as incentive.
> * competition for kids drawings on 'Riding safely', put up the top
>  10-20, with a bit of text. 'The winners will be placed on the
>  web...', or put all of them. It'd be good to get recognised. Add a
>  blurb at the bottom to parents on 'Become involved in providing your
>  kids with a safer cycling environment'.
>
> TOPICS TO COVER
>
> * interview other bugs, bike north, on what they do, how they do
>  advocacy, etc.
> * helmets debate
> * cycling in outer Western Sydney
> * bikes and the mentally ill
> * bikes for the poor,disadvantaged,mental illness
> * Land used/wasted on car parks.value land,mixed use.park levy,policing
> * bikes and the environment: pollution, air and noise. global
>  warming. supports urban consolidation.
> * bikes for the poor,disadvantaged,mental illness
> * Land used/wasted on car parks.value land,mixed use.park levy,policing
> * election yr,fed funding
> * riding for disabled - interview parra guy
> * intervie someone from 'Urban Frontiers', a group at UWS doing
>  research and advocacy. See shortcut under 'street reclaim', in net
>  machine.
> * riding for older people, ask harry owen from bnsw
> * interview with hills council cycleways lady, karen smith, on
>  achievements, role of councils, challenges, why, benefits for
>  councils and local communities. KSMITH at bhsc.nsw.gov.au
> * interview with Mark Diesendorf, Institute for Sustainable Futures at 
> UTS.
> * traffic calming
> * cycle touring, tourism
> * facilities at work
> * history of bikes in parrammatta
> * Living without a car - interview Rob
> * Riding with kids: include ideas (ride them to school), rides, new
>  rules, exercise, obesity. Ask for support, include a sample letter.
> * child obesity, big issue.
> * riding in 'western sydney' (west of parra): int hugh, hawkesberry
>
>
>
> CONTENT TODO
> * give medical reasons for cycling.
> * good bibliography, on citizen involvement, cycling, transport, etc.
> * list of rides around the area, with maps, times, etc.
> * goals
> * how to become involved
> * what we would want
> * why cycling is good
> * outline/description of the western sydney area
> * mention regular rides
> * say what we are doing, current
> * outline current cycling policies for all parties
> * safety tips on riding
> * what to do in an accident, reporting abuse, etc.
> * how to write to the newspaper, MPs, etc
> * have some kind of chat, discussion place. maybe moderated? so people
>  can send stuff and we publish and respond, etc
> * kit for advocacy: documents, links, advice, letter templates, stats,
>  etc. (include url in all press releases, letters)
> * media kits, make it media friendly to get stats, etc.
> * mission statement, manifesto
> * stuff of parramatta sister cities, esp cycling groups there. see
>  from council stuff what they are.
> * area covered by CAMWEST
> * get news from latest 'push on' edition. offer an eversion?? We'd
>  need a deal with Bike NSW and the other BUGs.
> * Downloading of govt reports, papers?? at least
>  links. eg. casualties, expenditure on roads, pollution levels, etc.
> * stolen bikes service? List any stolen bikes, so people can look out
>  for them. I wonder if this would work...
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